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USA News, March, 2020

    

We have been blessed to see God’s people reaching out to families, youth, elderly and those less fortunate and struggling with many different and difficult situations. Whether it is a visit to the hospital, convalescent center, rehab or a letter to someone in prison, the message of hope is still providing light to those that are “broken-hearted and crushed in spirit.” (Psalms 34:18) We are also putting together ministry equipment that is needed by our coordinators in central Africa and will be visiting them in March. We are currently participating in the “40 Days for Life”, pro-life prayer vigil, that is going from Feb 26 – April 5th. Please check out the website to volunteer for times that you may be able to come and pray at Planned Parenthood in Mt. Vernon.  

    Thanks to everyone that came and supported the young people with Harvest Kids this month and a special thanks to the kids that came from the Kid’s Club that meets at Carolyn’s home on Peavey Road. The kids got lot’s of the cans crushed that had been donated. 540# of cans were recycled and that money will be used to support vulnerable children in the Comfort Africa program in Uganda and to pay the teachers for the Wambuti pygmy tribe in the DRCongo. Everyone helped count the change that they had donated and, along with the money that had been made selling the hazelnuts, they had $154, enough to purchase the last 14 mosquito nets for the 25 orphan girls that live at the Nalidi Grace Primary school in east Uganda. That money will be sent to Africa and the group will start working on the nets for the 35 boys that live at the school. The school provides education for over 300 children, but these 60 don’t have homes or families. A real miracle for these children and Pr. Patrick and the staff at the school to know that God sees what they are doing and how important each child is to God. The new kids wrote down their birthdays for the birthday board and picked their color to add their handprint to the wall. The time is always open to inter-active games and other activities which help create a joyful environment for everyone. Many thanks to the volunteers who help make the lunch and provide special treats for the last Saturday when we celebrate birthdays.    

    We are so thankful for Lynn, from Child’s Evangelism and Jason Baumgardner who both took a turn providing an inter-active Bible message. The times were filled with memory verses, stories of Esther, David and Solomon and practical ways in which we can learn to apply these to our everyday lives. We are thankful that Amber, Nancy and Bobbie were able to spend some time learning how to use the Silhouette machine which we will be using to make decals and other items to support the various ministries that we are involved with. Thanks to Armando and Jason for taking a generator out to Carolyn’s Kid’s Club because they had no power, to Cathy for finishing up the evening building us a new display for the birthday board and to Dale for shelling some more hazelnuts that will be available at the Harvest Home for people that want to purchase them to support the Harvest Kids.

Consider this. Children and youth can legally share their faith with others in their school, which is their mission field. We have the legal authority to come alongside them after school and provide a place and support for them to bring in their harvest using that facility to encourage and strengthen them. Sadly, Child’s Evangelism Fellowship only has volunteers to stand with these young people at 2 of the 30 public schools in Skagit and Island county? Where are you, men and women of God? For information contact locally, call Lynn Griffin at 360-333-7025. If you live in a different area, contact Child’s Evangelism Fellowship in your community. 

     We are looking forward to having more relationship with people living in Skagit Valley that have family and friends in the southern states of Mexico and central America. We recently traveled to El Salvador to help coordinate ministry in those particular areas and are hoping to provide some unity for people with those connections. We will be providing these contacts to the native missionaries that live in those states and countries as they labor to bring the gospel message and unity to Christian believers in their communities.

     We are very excited to introduce you to Pr. Sergio and Gloria Lopez, our Harvest Vision Ministries coordinators in El Salvador. Sergio is a long-time friend of our brother, Noe Lara and his wife, Nancy, who will be our Harvest Vision Ministries liaisons to El Salvador and other countries in Central America. Noe, who is from El Salvador, and Nancy, who is from Honduras, live in Burlington, Washington in the USA. Sergio was born November 3, 1950 in Ciudad Arce de Liberta in San Salvador. His parents were nominal believers but he was raised with some Christian influence. He met his wife, Gloria, and they were married in 1985 shortly after he became a Christian in 1984. They have five children and a strong faith-filled family. He served in the church and felt called to pastoral ministry in 2000 and currently pastors a small church family in Colonia Miramonte in San Salvador. They fellowship together at a local park and in their homes. Sergio and Gloria share a home with nine family members that all work together to raise their children, operate a small family business and share the expenses and work of maintaining their home. Noe visited Sergio in the latter part of 2019 to introduce him to the vision of coordinating relationships between people in the USA, Mexico and other countries that have families and friends that are scattered throughout El Salvador. He will be helping prepare and equip God’s people to work together for evangelism, pastoral training, discipleship and church planting (Ephesians 4:11-16). George and Noe were joined by Miguel and Olivia Estrada, the Harvest Vision Ministries coordinators for Mexico to confirm Pr. Sergio and Gloria’s calling on February 25, 2020.