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USA News, February, 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.

 

USA News, January, 2020

   Here we are! The start of a new year and a new decade. 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 looking forward to gathering with people living in Skagit Valley that have family and friends in the southern states of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala on Feb 15th at the Manantial de Agua Viva church, 12063 Pulver Rd. in Burlington from 6-8pm. We are traveling 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 also putting together ministry equipment that is needed by our coordinators in central Africa and will be visiting them in March.

    Even though many things are new. One thing that we know is not new is that the enemy is the same and comes to kill, steal and destroy and he always targets the young and weak. We were blessed to be a part of the recent March for Life event in Olympia and are looking forward to the “40 Days for Life”, pro-life prayer vigil, that will go from Feb 26 – April 5th. Please check out the website to volunteer for times that you may be able to come and pray.

    “Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: ‘Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.” (Exodus 1:22) “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under.” (Matthew 2:16)

     The Lord prompted us to cancel our mission trip to Mexico after Christmas to focus on infants and children.

We want to thank everyone that donates the aluminum cans that the Harvest Kids get to crush and recycle to help vulnerable children in Africa. The kids recently used their change to finish building a primary school for vulnerable and orphaned children in Uganda and have now raised enough money for 11 of the 60 mosquito nets for orphans that live at another school in another part of Uganda. We are so thankful for the work that Child’s Evangelism Fellowship does throughout our community, meeting with kids after school at the school (when they are able to find volunteers) as well as teaching with our Harvest Kids and other clubs throughout the community. We have been blessed to take parents and children to the rock climbing gym, skating rink and Children’s Museum. Reggie Hunter from the Upper Skagit tribe  shared about how he finds the wood and makes walking sticks, cutting off branches, sanding and sculpting each one before he seals the stick with varnish. We were able to relate all this to the story that Jesus told in John 15 about the vine and branches. The kids read the scripture verse and answered  the questions. Who was the gardener? Who was the vine? Who were the branches? What is the fruit? What did Jesus mean when He said, ‘Fruit that last?’ Afterwards, everyone enjoyed coloring different sheets related to the vine and the branches while the kids picked out sticks that Reggie had donated. They used saws, files, sand paper and drills to shape their own walking sticks before applying the varnish.

   Many thanks to our Harvest Vision team that put substance to our desire to provide a safe, fun night of fellowship for children and their families at the Children’s Museum in Burlington. Lot’s of prep work to invite people, prepare and set up refreshments, provide transportation and ensure we had information available about different opportunities for people to share the love of Jesus and stay connected as the family of God. Some Christian men and women came just to welcome and encourage those that came with children. A special thanks to those that speak Spanish and were available to translate when needed. A big thanks to the many that support the Children’s Museum that provides this beautiful and clean facility, with a great staff and environment that is filled with safe, interactive learning experiences for families in our community.  We had 30 children and almost as many adults greeting, meeting and sharing their lives with each other, many meeting each other for the first time. We are praying to provide many more opportunities for these and other families with children to get together and share their life’s faith journey with one another. 

    We are privileged to be friends with a wonderful elderly Christian lady in our community who has opened up her heart to the children in her neighborhood. What started with bringing some kids into her trailer to share Jesus with them has now evolved into 4 days of Kids’ Club every week. She has put a cover outside her trailer to provide a game room for the now 22 children from age 3-12. Nineteen of them have accepted Jesus and some of their parents in just these last few months. We are hoping to help her when she feels called to take them as a group outside her home when the Lord directs, so we are collecting booster and car seats. These young people love Jesus and want to share it with other kids that they meet in their neighborhood and their schools. If they meet someone in their neighborhood, they can invite them to come to the Kid’s Club and meet “Grandma Carolyn”. Why can’t we have a home open in every few blocks of our community?
     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. 

USA News, December, 2019

What a wonderful way to begin the month of December with all our brothers and sisters that chose to be a part of presenting the story of Jesus to our community by being a part of the Sedro Woolley Christmas parade. We were blessed to have the director of Harvest Vision Ministries in Mexico join us for a week of preparation which included setting aside time for prayer every morning that God would forgive our casual and commercial approach to the birth of Jesus who is the “reason for the season” and draw us together as a community of believers and touch our families, friends and neighbors. We are thankful for everyone that prepared costumes and props that made the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ come alive in our hearts. “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together is unity.” (Psalms 133:1) We had young and old; Caucasian, Afro-American, Mexican, El Salvadorian and others; believers, new and old, from different home and traditional church families and even some that have not fully committed their lives to Christ. We asked that Jesus would lead us and that the Holy Spirit would bring everyone and everything together and He did. It was not only the answer to our prayers, but the answer to Jesus’s prayer to the Father: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message. May they brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.” (John 17:20, 23) The Lord has given us confirmation that we will be working together to participate in other parades next year.

“Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)

Jesus said, “I tell you, whoever acknowledges Me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8)

“Jesus said, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)

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“Father, we thank You for every heart that was drawn closer to Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit as we humbly presented the gospel on the streets of our little community here in northwest Washington. We pray for those that were convicted and opened their hearts and lives to You that they would be led quickly to the fellowship of other like-minded believers that can disciple them in Your uncompromised Word. We pray that You will receive our humble presentation and open, unashamed hearts as the condition of your promise that: if as your people, who are called by Your Name, we will humble ourselves and pray and seek Your Face and turn from our wicked ways that You will hear from heaven and will forgive our sin and will heal our land. In Jesus Name, we pray and believe. Amen”              

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    After much prayer, we were led to cancel the planned mission trip to Mexico that was scheduled after Christmas so we could pray that our young people can be built up in God’s Word and strengthened before they enter their mission field in the public school at the first of the year. The kids made their own Christmas cookies and were able to give them to others to celebrate Jesus’s birthday. They gave them to their neighbors and to those that they ministered to at the rest area when they were there to serve coffee and cookies to those that are in need of a refreshment during their holiday travels. So wonderful to see these young people learning to create and make things that will be given to others.  We have been blessed to have the Harvest Kids and adults at the Riverstone Climbing Gym and roller skating in the evenings in Burlington. Lot’s of teaching opportunities throughout the day. The training at the climbing gym focuses on the safe and proper use of your equipment and includes understanding the importance of communication with the person that will be your “belay” – the person responsible to hold the rope for your ascent and descent on the wall.

“Belay” – The securing of a person or a safety rope to an anchor point (as during mountain climbing); to make fast; to fasten down.

     Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

     “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

      “God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

     On December 28th, we had a beautiful day that the Lord provided for our last Harvest Kids fellowship of the year. After crushing cans that had been donated, these young people counted out their donated change and had $86 that will finish paying the money for the Comfort Africa ministry to orphans in Uganda and to pay the teachers of the Wambuti pygmy tribe in the DRCongo. Their next project will be replacing the mosquito nets for the orphans that attend and live at the Nalidi Grace Primary School in northeast Uganda. It was great to have Wayne and his mother-in-law, Stanny from Canada, and his wonder dog, Walker with us at Harvest Kids. Lynn, from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, shared the story of Jesus, from birth to death and resurrection to the kids and they were able to help with the lesson. The “Word Up” for the day was, “God keeps His promises”.

   Many thanks to everyone that donated cookies and helped share the love of Jesus with people at the Smokey Pt. Rest Area on Interstate 5 over this holiday weekend. We received almost $250 that will be used to build God’s Kingdom locally, in Mexico, El Salvador, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi, the DRCongo and Australia. It is amazing what this simple act of unselfishness does to encourage so many people that share their gratitude with those of us that choose to serve. We surely want everyone that prays, provides cookies and allows their family to come and participate to share in this special joy.  We are excited about the over-all farming project that is using properties in Alger, Sedro Woolley, Birdsview, Granite Falls and south Mt. Vernon to bring us into a closer relationship with one another and provide resources to help support the over-all ministry. This next year we will be able to grow different crops which can be used to give the adults. youth and kids the means to grow in knowledge and also to make money that will help spread the gospel. Coming: Granite Falls Falls Harvest Kids; HK Recipe book; Pet paw print board & tambourine dancing.      

 

 USA News, November, 2019

Jesus said,

“I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink. I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.” (Matthew 25: 35, 40).

We are so thankful to everyone that prays, bakes, buys cookies, drives, brews coffee and tea and shares the love of Jesus to those travelers that stop at the rest area along the interstate. Truck drivers, people traveling to visit family and friends or going to the game or a family that is living in their car, so many times we hear them speak words of gratitude: “I really appreciate you being here.” In a world that is fast-paced and so self-centered, what a shot of encouragement that we have the opportunity to add to a fellow travelers life journey. We are always impressed with the joy of getting to spend the time serving and sharing for one of the 6-hour shifts during the 3 days at the rest area. Deepening relationships or starting new ones. Laughing, crying, playing, sharing God’s Word, praying and sharing life. Just time set apart to have our Father wrap His loving arms around us and be reminded again that, although there is not a physical rest area in this world that can give us the peace that transcends all understanding, Jesus does if we accept Him. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11: 28-29).  We will be hosting the rest area a couple of more times before the end of the year. Please contact Linda at 360-421-8812 if you would like to help. A great way to spend a few hours with a friend or someone in your family.          

    We recently attended a ProLife gathering and a young woman shared her experiences of working with young women and couples that are faced with an unplanned pregnancy and the many issues and concerns that they struggle with in making their decision to support life. She also emphasized how important it is for them to have Godly parents that can support them during this difficult season of their life. I would like each of you, whether you are parents, grandparents or even friends to consider the suggestion that the Lord gave her and she now has shared with us. “Tell your children how you feel about sex outside of marriage and abortion. Then you might tell them something like this: ‘We hope that you choose to live according to those Godly standards, but if you find yourself not able to or pregnant, we want to let you know that we will not abandon you.”                 

    Our beloved brother, friend and co-laborer, Jim “with Joy” Kager, went to be with the Lord this month and although we know He is probably entertaining the heavenly hosts with one of his Jim jokes we know that he is also interceding for us so that we will finish the work still left for us to do. Jim was one of the friendliest and joyful Christians I have ever met and even before I committed my life to Jesus 25 years ago, he would unashamedly tell me about how he looked forward to the day I would enjoy that relationship myself. He disguised himself then as a security guard at the refinery but he became a true role model of faith for me. Even as he found himself diagnosed with a chronic disease that over the years took much of his physical abilities away, his circumstances were simply never more important than his love for Jesus and others. He has been with us since the birth of Harvest Vision Ministries and his inspiration and input have been weaved into much of the ministry that we have been blessed with locally and around the world. He has involved many residents, family members and staff at the Life Care Center in Sedro Woolley in his goal of collecting aluminum cans for the Harvest Kids and these donations have provided mosquito nets, beds, toilets, schools, medicine, clean water, food and school supplies for many orphaned and other vulnerable children in central Africa. He has been a role model for many of us and especially the children that have been encouraged by his burden to help those that are “less fortunate”. Amazing to live life with someone that faced the trials of Jim’s physical challenges and limitations and yet see them put the needs of others as being more important. A few years ago as I was leaving my visit with him, he grabbed my wrist and said that the Lord told him we needed to take frisbees to the children in Africa. We have since taken many frisbees that have been signed by residents from the care center, the Harvest Kids and many people involved with Harvest Vision Ministries. They are now scattered around Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi and the DRCongo. If you want to pick up a frisbee next time you are shopping you can bring it to us and we will make sure it gets where the Lord said He would like to send them. Although I will miss his physical fellowship when I visit the Life Care Center, I am confident (and hopeful) that now that he is free from any physical burdens, I will be bothered more by him now than I have been in the former years.

     We are so thankful for our Harvest Kids and everyone that supports these children and young people as they are willing to give up time and resources to reach out and help people less fortunate than themselves. This is especially more difficult in our nation where we are blessed to the point of wanting only more for ourselves every day and only helping enough to be noticed. At the same time, we are careful to not jeopardize or lessen whatever we want to keep for ourselves. God’s Word says in the last days we will become lovers of ourselves and our own pleasures and we pray that God will protect these young people as they learn to put their trust and faith in God rather than the world.

   The kids crushed lots of cans this month and we thank everyone that takes the time to save and drop off the cans. The primary school in NW Uganda is being finished and the money the kids are collecting now will be used to launch the teaching of the children in Primary 1. Many thanks to all the adults, especially Lynn and Christine from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, that share the love of Jesus and teach these young people God’s Word. We are thankful for the adults that take these young people to reach out to the homeless or make cookies and take them to give to travelers at the rest area. We now have “Harvest Friends” that will allow the kids to put the footprints of their pets on tiles on a board with everyone else’s, much like the wall the kids now put their handprints on. We will start working on building the aquaphonics section of the Harvest Kid’s greenhouse this coming month and would invite anyone that wants to help to contact us for information on what days we will be working. We will also be weighing and preparing hazelnuts (filberts) that are donated by a local farmer and will be making a variety of baskets to have available for donations to help support the Harvest Kids projects. If you have any baskets you can donate, please drop them off at the Harvest Home or contact us if you need them picked up. We will also be starting to prepare for the Christmas parade the first Saturday in December in Sedro Woolley, WA. This will be our first time in this parade and we are looking forward to presenting the truth of the gospel to our community.

  We visited John Seaman and the Kellilynn’s Spiritual Recovery Center in Curlew, WA. John is waiting for the design needed to build a septic system on the ministry property. We have also been in prayer with Cecilia, our sister from the Navajo Indian Reservation in Shiprock, Arizona, as her son has started construction for the prayer house that she has envisioned for years out in the desert. We are prayerfully considering a mission trip to help with this project.

   For our long-range planners, we are tentatively planning a mission trip to San Luis, Mexico immediately after Christmas from Dec 26th,2019 to Jan 3rd, 2020. There is information on the website, including the travel medical permission slip and pre-trip guidelines. The suggested donation is $500. Please contact us at harvestvision21.com if you or anyone that you know might be interested. 

USA News, October, 2019

  The Harvest Home has seen many people stopping in for sharing and prayer and we have many bibles, English and Spanish, and a variety of gospel tracts for anyone that needs them to further the kingdom. We are encouraging our “cookie baking” partners to start helping us stock up for 3 weekends in a row that we will be doing ministry at the Smokey Point Rest area on I-5. A great way to get neighbors and children involved (making cookies) and inviting them to come and help serve coffee, tea and cookies to weary travelers and sharing the love of Jesus. We have seen many miracles through prayers over the years during this ministry including the greatest miracle which is to witness the Holy Spirit opening the hearts of travelers to the truth of the gospel. 
    We have been blessed to witness many believers that support the sanctity of life and are willing to spend time in prayer for our nation and for everyone involved in the abortion industry. The 40 Days of Life prayer vigil started on Sept 25th and ends on Nov 3rd. Anyone that is led to intercede in this way, can sign up and participate in their own community by checking out 40 Days for Life website. We would encourage everyone that has not had the opportunity to watch the “Unplanned” movie to consider watching it. We also have the movie available at the Harvest Home.

   We were thankful to have Jenny, from Anacortes, bring our friend, Bishop Anthony Owor, from Uganda to visit with the Harvest Kids on Sept 14th. Every other week, the kids crush cans that had been donated. We just recycled 630 pounds the kids had already crushed and we received $159 to go toward their monthly support of the teachers of the Wambuti pygmy primary school in the DRCongo and the Comfort Africa vulnerable children’s ministry in Uganda. We are so thankful to the Harvest Kids that were led to support Pr. Christopher, the Harvest Vision coordinator for northwest Uganda, and his vision to provide a primary school for orphans and other vulnerable children in his community. They had a small group, huddled under a tree (when it wasn’t raining), with a teacher and a blackboard. No desk, no chairs and no school supplies when we first were introduced to them last year. These young people donated enough money and received enough donations for the sweet corn that a local farmer planted for them to help construct the brick 4-classroom and office building, as well as a toilet last fall. This summer they raised enough money to purchase the tin for the roof to protect the brick walls during the rainy season, leaving a balance of $1,818 to finish the doors, windows, plaster and walls. This year, we have picked and sold about 4,500 ears of sweet corn that our local farmer friend donated and had raised $1,775 toward the completion of the school. Everything being totaled, they had the $1,818 to finish the primary school in Uganda and almost all the money needed for their donation to the Africa quarterly support. Bishop Anthony spent time with the kids as they asked many questions about children in Africa and about the country itself. They enjoyed a special “Africa” lunch that Linda had prepared, then a special “Job Well Done” ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. The rest of the time the kids made “vision boards” capturing some of the special things in their lives, including some things they would like to accomplish or have in the future. This was a special idea from a co-worker of Isaac’s named Heaven Lee and we really appreciate her sharing that with us. On Sept 28th, we were praying for enough money from the Change the World donations to finish the $50 needed to meet our commitment to pay support for the teachers for the Wambuti pygmy tribe in the DRCongo and our donation to Comfort Africa that helps vulnerable children in Uganda and we were blessed to discover that again He provided for what was needed. Ironically, today is the day we actually wired the money to support the Africa ministry for the upcoming fourth quarter. In all these years, I still find it exciting to realize I can be so filled with joy when He amazingly comes through like this providing all our needs. I am amazed and happy that I still am amazed? Our teaching for the day was about friendship, with Jesus and with one another. The kids read scriptures that talked about friendship and how love is the ingredient that holds friendships together. We discussed the qualities of God’s love listed in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-6 and then the kids drew pieces of paper that listed the different attributes and they prepared skits and after the skits the adults had to guess which attribute they were acting out. Lot’s of fun.

    We will start working on building the aquaponics section of the Harvest Kid’s greenhouse this coming month and would invite anyone that wants to help to contact us for information on what days we will be working. We will also be cleaning and drying hazelnuts (filberts) that are donated by a local farmer and will be making a variety of baskets to have available for donations to help support the Harvest Kids projects. If you have any baskets you can donate, please drop them off at the Harvest Home or contact us if you need them picked up. We will also be starting to prepare for the Christmas parade the first Saturday in December in Sedro Woolley, WA. This will be our first time in this parade so we are praying to ensure we celebrate the true meaning of the season.    

  We visited John Seaman and the Kellilynn’s Spiritual Recovery Center in Curlew, WA and participated in their first men’s survival retreat. During our visit we were blessed to ordain Mike Dellinger, who pastors the Eagle Cliff Community Church, with his wife, Sonja. John is waiting for the design needed to build a septic system on the ministry property.   

    We have also been in prayer with Cecilia, our sister from the Navajo Indian Reservation in Shiprock, Arizona, as her son has started construction for the prayer house that she has envisioned for years out in the desert. We are prayerfully considering a mission trip to help with this project.

   For our long-range planners, we are tentatively planning a mission trip to San Luis, Mexico immediately after Christmas from Dec 26th,2019 to Jan 3rd, 2020. There is information on the website, including the travel medical permission slip and pre-trip guidelines. The suggested donation is $500. Please contact us at harvestvision21.com if you or anyone that you know might be interested. 

    We have recently been in prayer with a brother that is originally from El Salvador and has a heart to reach the people in his home nation. We are prayerfully considering expanding Harvest Vision Ministries to this country with the future prospect of expanding to the neighboring country of Honduras.

    Many thanks to everyone that has been supporting our co-laborers in central Africa by donating to Harvest Vision Ministries. We recently sent the funds to start another sustainability project for our coordinator in eastern Uganda that will provide the means to make a living and meet their basic needs while they coordinate the ministry in their region. Please check out the How to Help page on the website to see the list of other projects we are in need of help with.   

    What a wonderfully and encouraging reunion with our brothers and sisters in Alert Bay, British Columbia this month. Pr. Marcus greeted us when we arrived at the Glad Tidings parsonage and we were immediately impressed by the way the living area has been remodeled. What a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We were able to visit and pray with elders Beatrice and Jane who we met when we first came 16 years ago. They would walk back and forth through the small town bathing everyone and everything in prayer. They also made their first mission trip with us to Mexico right after we first met them. Jane is now scooting through the hospital in her wheelchair at 88 and Beatrice had her 90th birthday, but their devotion to prayer and God’s Word is as purposed, fervent and vigilant as ever. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, let us run the race..” WOW, there goes our excuses that are always trying to draw us into disobedience. We enjoyed home fellowship with Marcus and his family, visits with Robin, Sarah and others throughout the weekend. It was a blessing to share the word of God with the Glad Tidings church family and have Marcus share his vision to reach to the broken hearted and those that are crushed in spirit in the community. Please continue to pray that Jesus can compel His disciples to love one another so the truth of the gospel can shine brightly on this island and that it might be a light that shines throughout British Columbia and to every nation.

   We will be revising the website soon and are requesting that you take a moment and check out the current website and if you have suggestions for improvements please send them to harvestvision21@msn.com. Thanks!

USA News, September, 2019

It has been a wonderful month of transition as we move from the summer into the fall and the students go back to school. This month we celebrated with Wayne and Rebecca Watne as she took her oath of citizenship and became a US citizen on Sept 11th. They are involved in all aspects of the ministry both locally, in Mexico and in Africa and we are so happy for them. This month, we were also blessed to witness the wedding of Nate Lenhart to his beautiful bride, Hannah. Nate’s parent’s are the Harvest Vision Ministries liaison’s in Pierce County and Nate has been involved in the ministry locally, in Mexico and in Africa. We were thrilled to have hosted Pr. Warren Elliott, from North Carolina, who visited and ministered at a week long revival at the Sedro Woolley Community Church in Sedro Woolley. A true evangelists who really encouraged those that attended and gave everyone a fresh anointing. He will turn 80 in January and will be celebrating by going on his traditional skydiving adventure. The Harvest Home has seen many people stopping in for sharing and prayer and we have many bibles, English and Spanish, and a variety of gospel tracts for anyone that needs them to further the kingdom. We are encouraging our “cookie baking” partners to start helping us stock up for 3 weekends in a row that we will be doing ministry at the Smokey Point Rest area on I-5. A great way to get neighbors and children involved (making cookies) and inviting them to come and help serve coffee, tea and cookies to weary travelers and sharing the love of Jesus. We have seen many miracles through prayers over the years during this ministry including the greatest miracle which is to witness the Holy Spirit opening the hearts of travelers to the truth of the gospel. 
We have been blessed to witness many believers that support the sanctity of life and are willing to spend time in prayer for our nation and for everyone involved in the abortion industry. The 40 Days of Life prayer vigil started on Sept 25th and ends on Nov 3rd. Anyone that is led to intercede in this way, can sign up and participate in their own community by checking out 40 Days for Life website. We would encourage everyone that has not had the opportunity to watch the “Unplanned” movie to consider watching it. We also have the movie available at the Harvest Home.

We were thankful to have Jenny, from Anacortes, bring our friend, Bishop Anthony Owor, from Uganda to visit with the Harvest Kids on Sept 14th. Every other week, the kids crush cans that had been donated. We just recycled 630 pounds the kids had already crushed and we received $159 to go toward their monthly support of the teachers of the Wambuti pygmy primary school in the DRCongo and the Comfort Africa vulnerable children’s ministry in Uganda. We are so thankful to the Harvest Kids that were led to support Pr. Christopher, the Harvest Vision coordinator for northwest Uganda, and his vision to provide a primary school for orphans and other vulnerable children in his community. They had a small group, huddled under a tree (when it wasn’t raining), with a teacher and a blackboard. No desk, no chairs and no school supplies when we first were introduced to them last year. These young people donated enough money and received enough donations for the sweet corn that a local farmer planted for them to help construct the brick 4-classroom and office building, as well as a toilet last fall. This summer they raised enough money to purchase the tin for the roof to protect the brick walls during the rainy season, leaving a balance of $1,818 to finish the doors, windows, plaster and walls. This year, we have picked and sold about 4,500 ears of sweet corn that our local farmer friend donated and had raised $1,775 toward the completion of the school. Everything being totaled, they had the $1,818 to finish the primary school in Uganda and almost all the money needed for their donation to the Africa quarterly support. Bishop Anthony spent time with the kids as they asked many questions about children in Africa and about the country itself. They enjoyed a special “Africa” lunch that Linda had prepared, then a special “Job Well Done” ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. The rest of the time the kids made “vision boards” capturing some of the special things in their lives, including some things they would like to accomplish or have in the future. This was a special idea from a co-worker of Isaac’s named Heaven Lee and we really appreciate her sharing that with us. On Sept 28th, we were praying for enough money from the Change the World donations to finish the $50 needed to meet our commitment to pay support for the teachers for the Wambuti pygmy tribe in the DRCongo and our donation to Comfort Africa that helps vulnerable children in Uganda and we were blessed to discover that again He provided for what was needed. Ironically, today is the day we actually wired the money to support the Africa ministry for the upcoming fourth quarter. In all these years, I still find it exciting to realize I can be so filled with joy when He amazingly comes through like this providing all our needs. I am amazed and happy that I still am amazed? Our teaching for the day was about friendship, with Jesus and with one another. The kids read scriptures that talked about friendship and how love is the ingredient that holds friendships together. We discussed the qualities of God’s love listed in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-6 and then the kids drew pieces of paper that listed the different attributes and they prepared skits and after the skits the adults had to guess which attribute they were acting out. Lot’s of fun.

We will start working on building the aquaponics section of the Harvest Kid’s greenhouse this coming month and would invite anyone that wants to help to contact us for information on what days we will be working. We will also be cleaning and drying hazelnuts (filberts) that are donated by a local farmer and will be making a variety of baskets to have available for donations to help support the Harvest Kids projects. If you have any baskets you can donate, please drop them off at the Harvest Home or contact us if you need them picked up. We will also be starting to prepare for the Christmas parade the first Saturday in December in Sedro Woolley, WA. This will be our first time in this parade so we are praying to ensure we celebrate the true meaning of the season.

  We visited John Seaman and the Kellilynn’s Spiritual Recovery Center in Curlew, WA and participated in their first men’s survival retreat. During our visit we were blessed to ordain Mike Dellinger, who pastors the Eagle Cliff Community Church, with his wife, Sonja. John is waiting for the design needed to build a septic system on the ministry property.

We have also been in prayer with Cecilia, our sister from the Navajo Indian Reservation in Shiprock, Arizona, as her son has started construction for the prayer house that she has envisioned for years out in the desert. We are prayerfully considering a mission trip to help with this project.

For our long-range planners, we are tentatively planning a mission trip to San Luis, Mexico immediately after Christmas from Dec 26th,2019 to Jan 3rd, 2020. There is information on the website, including the travel medical permission slip and pre-trip guidelines. The suggested donation is $500. Please contact us at harvestvision21.com if you or anyone that you know might be interested. 

We have recently been in prayer with a brother that is originally from El Salvador and has a heart to reach the people in his home nation. We are prayerfully considering expanding Harvest Vision Ministries to this country with the future prospect of expanding to the neighboring country of Honduras.

Many thanks to everyone that has been supporting our co-laborers in central Africa by donating to Harvest Vision Ministries. We recently sent the funds to start another sustainability project for our coordinator in eastern Uganda that will provide the means to make a living and meet their basic needs while they coordinate the ministry in their region. Please check out the How to Help page on the website to see the list of other projects we are in need of help with.

What a wonderfully and encouraging reunion with our brothers and sisters in Alert Bay, British Columbia this month. Pr. Marcus greeted us when we arrived at the Glad Tidings parsonage and we were immediately impressed by the way the living area has been remodeled. What a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We were able to visit and pray with elders Beatrice and Jane who we met when we first came 16 years ago. They would walk back and forth through the small town bathing everyone and everything in prayer. They also made their first mission trip with us to Mexico right after we first met them. Jane is now scooting through the hospital in her wheelchair at 88 and Beatrice had her 90th birthday, but their devotion to prayer and God’s Word is as purposed, fervent and vigilant as ever. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, let us run the race..” WOW, there goes our excuses that are always trying to draw us into disobedience. We enjoyed home fellowship with Marcus and his family, visits with Robin, Sarah and others throughout the weekend. It was a blessing to share the word of God with the Glad Tidings church family and have Marcus share his vision to reach to the broken hearted and those that are crushed in spirit in the community. Please continue to pray that Jesus can compel His disciples to love one another so the truth of the gospel can shine brightly on this island and that it might be a light that shines throughout British Columbia and to every nation.

We will be revising the website soon and are requesting that you take a moment and check out the current website and if you have suggestions for improvements please send them to harvestvision21@msn.com. Thanks!

 USA News, August, 2019

Pam is currently working on a new website design that will make the ministry more accessible, interesting, personal and effective in helping give people the information they need to decide if they would like to participate with us in expanding God’s Kingdom in the way in which the Lord has directed us. We would ask that you would check out the current website and if you have suggestions for improvements please send them to harvestvision21@msn.com. Thanks!

Thank you to Rabecca Williams who is challenging herself to find time to teach Pam and Cathy how to use the tee shirt machine. They worked a few hours and printed some beautiful shirts. More to come.

We have been led to spend as much time as possible with the Harvest Kids and the other children and young people in our community before the start of school. We were blessed to get the solar panels and lights up on the greenhouse and even though we were unable to get much work done on the aquaponics project portion, a great harvest was taken in from the garden at the greenhouse on the Samish River and at the raised beds at the Harvest Home in Sedro Woolley. We were able to host a Child’s Evangelism 5-day club at Wayne and Rebecca Watne’s the end of August. The weather cooperated and CEF and their staff of youth shared the love of Jesus and the word of God with joy using inter-active games, bible verses, mission stories and prayer. It was a blessing for everyone that helped.

 The Harvest Kids had their regular Saturday meetings and crushed lot’s of cans that support their donations to the Comfort Africa ministry for vulnerable children in Uganda and to support the teachers that work at the primary school for the Wambuti pygmy tribe on Idjwe Island in the DRCongo. They also have been collecting change to finish the Fountains of Hope primary school in northwest Uganda on the DRCongo border. They financed the tin for the roof and are working toward a goal of $1,818 to finish the 4-classroom school, with office and outside toilets. They have been blessed by a local farmer that planted and donated sweet corn for their on-going project. The corn has been available at Walker Motor Works in Marysville and the Harvest Home in Sedro Woolley and they have raised upwards of a $1,000 toward the project so far with possibly one more week of corn picking left. The kids also sold corn at the Smokey Point farmer’s market and were blessed to witness and share about the ministry with many different people throughout the day.    

We were blessed to have new kids at Harvest Kids for their first visit and it was fun to see them (and their mothers) put their handprints on the wall and fill out birthday cards for the HK birthday board. Thanks to Veronica, Cathy, Wayne and Lynn from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship that spent time teaching these young people how they can be true disciples of Jesus Christ under any circumstances. As the summer family activities become less and school begins, we are hoping to see many of the young people beginning to attend again.

 The end of April this year, we had a silent auction fundraiser with the Lyman Baptist church family that provided the money to support the outreach ministry in central Africa. One of our donors bought a “spa” treatment that was then given to Jim & Terri Cook. Jim and Terri entrusted their beauty to these two young Harvest Kids and were blessed by their passion and desire to help people know just how much God loves them. It was a fun afternoon and we so much appreciate everyone involved: from the donor at the fundraiser, to Jim & Terri that graciously received the gift, to Kylee who set up the auction basket and then supplied all the Posh lotions and soaps, to Grandma Linda who provided back up support and to Madilyn and Hailey for their loving care. It was a beautiful experience.     

USA News, July, 2019

It has been an incredible month of witnessing the presence of God pouring His love out on our community in a variety of ways. We are thankful for those that helped with the garage sale at the Harvest Home and the Smokey Pt. Rest Area ministry on I-5. Many people donated items and many other brothers and sisters came to share with those that came to the garage sale. We were able to hear testimonies, share about our own faith journey and pray with many of those that came. We have also been able to donate all the clothing that continues to come to us for the Back to School Blessing that will be at the Skagit Valley College on August 10th.  Thanks to everyone that took the time to make cookies and a special thanks to those that let the kids help so they could come and serve them to weary travelers that stopped along the rest area. We were able to pray and give hope to many different people and to know that they received much more than a cup of coffee and a cookie. The double portion is that those travelers blessed those that were there to “serve and not be served.” We were grateful to receive $2,165 from these fundraisers that was used to help with sustainability projects for our coordinators serving in Africa.

We were blessed to have fellowship with Olivia, the director of Harvest Vision Mexico, and her friend, Mayela, that joined us for the July 4th parade in Sedro Woolley. Thanks to everyone that helped decorate the Harvest Vision  worship trailer and Harvest Kids float and unashamedly witnessed for Jesus Christ by walking together through the parade. Along with 16,000 pieces of candy, the presence of the Lord moved along with the group and we witnessed the Holy Spirit as He comforted, counseled and convicted all along the almost mile long route. We were also able to join with other brothers and sisters at the Lyman car show and worship with other believers at the worship service at the Highland Games in Mt. Vernon.            

 Thanks to Dan, our Pierce County liaison, who set up a presentation for some of the members of the mission team at the New Life Christian Church in Kent, Wa. It was wonderful to share about the ministry locally, in Mexico and in the different countries in central Africa and to be reminded about the work our co-laborers are doing to share the love of Jesus in these different areas. We were also able to make any and all of that available to those that might be called to participate or contribute in any way. Please contact us if you or your group would like a presentation.

 Many thanks to everyone that donates cans to help the Harvest Kids make a difference. This month, they crushed and recycled cans, donated their change and they saw photos of the Fountains of Hope children in northwest Uganda where they are helping to build a primary school. Their donations have now been enough to put the tin over the four classroom school and they have raised $145 toward the $1,818 needed to finish the school. In a couple of weeks they will be harvesting the sweet corn that has been donated to them and making it available at Walker Motor Works in Marysville and at the Harvest Home in Sedro Woolley. All of these donations will be used to finish the school.

The Harvest Kids met twice during the month and hosted a Child’s Evangelism Fellowship 5- day club for a week at the Harvest Home. We are so thankful to Lynn, Christine, Jonathan and Jeremy that sacrifice the majority of their summer to reaching children in communities in Skagit and Island County. The mornings were filled with games, scripture, songs, stories of missionaries, the gospel message and which inter-actively allowed everyone to participate at their own level. The afternoons were filled with swimming at Clear Lake, kickball at Riverfront Park, watching Christian movies, playing board games, roller skating, visiting the Harvest Kids greenhouse and enjoying hotdogs, hamburgers and smores. The kids opened up to each other and through their own testimonies realized that many of their struggles and hurts are not only shared by their loving Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, but with other children their own age. After the club, we gathered in the Harvest Home and played the M&M game. Each color of candy represents a different emotion, such as red is angry and blue is sad. Without looking each person picks a M&M and shares a time they experienced that emotion. Some are funny and some brings tears to the eyes of those that are invited into these personal experiences. This is how we learn to build trust, how to pray for one another and that although the experiences are different we are reminded that we are created by one God and we are all more similar than we know.

 We are excited that Wayne finished a “mini” aquaponics farm, complete with tilapia, and have crops growing in the water and a luscious garden where the plants from the greenhouse were transplanted. Wayne and Rebecca were able to be one of the “farms” that was recently visited by one of the farm tour groups. We are preparing to install the solar powered lights and will be working on the completing of the full-size aquaponics section and installing a compost section that will have a water system that picks up heat generated by the compost and circulates and provides heat for the greenhouse during the winter.

We are looking forward to an August filled with many opportunities to share the love of Jesus with those in our community and especially to encourage and strengthen the faith of the children and youth that will be starting school the first of September. Sadly, because of the new state laws that have been passed, our schools will be more liberal and the teaching standards have been lowered to allow Satan easier access to tempt our young people to be involved in life decisions that will be eternally detrimental to them and their families. Please check out the calendar for dates of the Skagit County Fair, Back to School Blessings at Lyman and Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, garage sale & car wash upriver, the 7th annual Harvest Fest at Riverfront Park in Sedro Woolley and the 5-day club at the Harvest Kids greenhouse on the Samish River.    

 USA News, June, 2019

   It has been an incredible month filled with the Presence of the Lord and the fulfillment of prophesy:

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed – Isiah 54:10”

says the Lord, who has compassion on you

     As always, the end of the school year is a time of joy for those that have accomplished their goals and of consequence for those that were not as diligent as they might should have been. It also is a measuring point in time that reminds us that many people are not with us for a variety of reasons, including their time here on earth expired. We had the opportunity to be with many church families and individuals that have stepped into a deeper yearning for the things of the Lord and others that have decided they have already given enough and have given themselves permission to step down instead of step up. Thanks to everyone that has helped with the various outreaches to share the love of Jesus through the garage sales, rest area ministry, retreats and ministry presentations. We are thankful to the City of Refuge church family that stepped out into the migrant camp ministry with basic needs and the gospel message and we were blessed to help them with the worship trailer which is beginning to be used more for outreaches. We are looking forward to more ministry through the July 4th parade and are blessed to have Olivia and Mayela from Mexico joining us during that week. Our brother, John Seaman, from Curlew will be joining us and we are excited about the ministry that he is doing in that remote part of the state. We are encouraged to hear that our brother, Marcus, is the new pastor for the Glad Tidings church family in Alert Bay, BC and that our sister, Cecilia, is starting the construction on the prayer house she is building on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, Arizona. Please check out the calendar portion of the newsletter for all the opportunities to share the love of Jesus with those in your sphere of influence.    

     Many thanks to everyone that donates cans to help the Harvest Kids make a difference. This month, they crushed and recycled cans, donated their change and they saw photos of the Fountains of Hope children in northwest Uganda where they are helping to build a primary school. They just sent $470 to purchase the iron sheets for the roof. Last fall, the kids raised enough money selling corn that a local farmer donated to start the four class room project. This year, along with  their change they are collecting, they will again be blessed to pick more donated corn and hopefully complete the school. We also saw the photo of the field of corn that has been prepared and planted for this fall’s harvest. What a miracle of everyone working together to fulfill scripture.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. -James 1:27”

   The beauty of obeying God’s Word is that by spending time planting and growing the corn, and then the kids picking and selling the corn, during that time of “giving” they are protected from being polluted by the world. Obeying the first commandment, fulfills the second.

     Lynn and Christine, from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, came and shared the love of Jesus with the kids through song and sharing. They always have a “Word up” theme for each visit and this time it was “Tell everyone about Jesus!” The lesson was given a personal invitation through the use of a question that Jesus asked His disciples and still asks today:

“But what about you? Who do you say I am? – Mark 16:15”

The next meeting, we talked about what friendship means and the kids read scriptures from Proverbs and John before making up picture frames with friendship quotes that they will be giving to their friends. We were also able to put collection cans for the Harvest Kids at three of the recovery houses in Mt. Vernon.

      We were blessed to take the Harvest Kids to see the fruit of everyone’s prayers, labor and donations as the Harvest Kids greenhouse has now been completed, seeds have been planted, plants tended and have now found a home in the garden that Wayne has prepared. Some of the other plants are now living in Linda’s garden and others are available wherever they are needed. Now, we are ready to start building the aquaponics portion of the project which will be growing fish (probably tilapia to start) and then using that nutrient-rich water to grow crops. Wayne has already built a mini-aquaponics project, complete with tilapia (fish) to provide nutrients to the water that will be used to start seeds and raise plants. We serve an amazing God that wants all His kids to work as one family. It is and always has been the fulfillment of God’s vision to bring those that are lost into a personal relationship with Himself and then “grow” them to be true disciples of Jesus Christ so they become “fishers” of men. We still need to construct the aquaponics system, install a compost system with water circulation for heating the greenhouse, install solar lights and harvest and teach the kids how to can and preserve the harvest for future use. Please contact Wayne at 360-707-1981 or George at 360-421-8811 for information or directions to the greenhouse.   

    The world is getting darker as Satan continues to destroy families and our children by changing the laws which have given us the freedom to raise our children by biblical standards. We need to exercise our responsibility to ensure that our privilege and responsibility to vote for those of us in the USA is used wisely. If anyone tells you that it is not biblical, but political, they are deceived and don’t understand spiritual warfare. These laws are meant to tempt and pull us and our children away from a right relationship with God. If you have the right to vote and vote or choose to abstain, it either serves Satan or the true and living God. There is no neutral position in spiritual warfare.

Jesus said,

“ If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. – Mt 18:6”

“There is a direct correlation between the accuracy of our memory and the effectiveness of our mission. If we are not teaching people how to be saved, it is perhaps because we have forgotten the tragedy of being lost. If we are not teaching the message of forgiveness, it may be because we don’t remember what it was like to be guilty. And if we are not teaching the cross, it could be that we’ve subconsciously decided that somehow we don’t need it (Max Lucado)”

“When those that are called to fish don’t fish, they fight. When energy intended to be used outside is used inside, the result is explosive. Instead of casting nets, we cast stones. Instead of extending helping hands, we point accusing fingers. Instead of being fishers of the lost, we become critics of the saved. Rather than helping the hurting, we hurt the helpers. – Max Lucado”

USA News, May, 2019

We are thankful for all the work that everyone is doing to build the kingdom in our communities. The Harvest Kids have met twice this month and have raised $122 of the $470 needed for the roof of a new primary school in Uganda. We are thankful to everyone that supports these young people as they learn to be true disciples of Jesus Christ. Much prayer and work has gone into preparing the team traveling to Africa to meet with all our coordinators there so we are devoting most of this newsletter to that trip. We will be sharing more about the many ways in which we can help sustain and expand the work in Central Africa in next month’s newsletter.

(Fri-Sat May 17-18) Many thanks to everyone that has prayed and donated to make the coordinator’s conference in central Africa possible and to Mike and Linda that got up at 1am Friday morning to take the team and our 18 pieces of luggage to the airport in Seattle. George, Wayne and Dan attended the conference last year and were joined by Dan’s son, Noah, and Pam who helps as admin coordinator for the ministry in the USA. Wayne is the Harvest Vision liaison to Africa and Dan is the Harvest Vision Ministries liaison in Pierce County, WA. We traveled to New York, Belgium and Rwanda before arriving in Uganda Saturday night. Only 8 of our bags arrived, but we were greeted by our wonderful co-laborers and that “problem’ lost any power to steal our joy as we loaded up to fellowship and travel to our guesthouse in Kampala where we held our conference last year. Thank you Jesus and bless our families that released us to be faithful and make this journey. 

(Sunday, May 19) What a blessing to be greeted by our friends at the guesthouse and after a few hours rest to meet with Evariste, from Burundi, Augustine, from the DRCongo and David, from north Uganda. We were blessed to attend the Kibuli Harvest Church Fellowship, visit with Pr. Alex and his family, and have lunch with Pr. Martin and Beatrice at their home. We visited the new home that they are building to expand the ministry and spent the rest of the evening greeting, eating, sharing and praying with our other co-laborers from other parts of Uganda, DRCongo, Kenya and South Sudan. 

(Monday,  May 20) “The will to win is useless without the will to prepare.” Thanks to everyone, especially Pam from the USA and Susan in Africa, for helping prepare and set up for this conference which brought us together to give God praise for His work in our lives and for the many souls that have been saved. We praised and prayed together, introduced ourselves, viewed photos of last year’s conference and heard testimonies of the ongoing ministry in the different regions and countries which included wonderful testimonies and the challenges that we are currently facing every day. “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus”. Thanks to everyone that donated to help supply the ministry supplies that enable our co-laborers to complete these missions. Beautiful dresses and shorts for vulnerable children made by the Stitched for Joy” ministry in Arlington, WA and thanks to Yeager’s Sporting Goods in Bellingham, WA that helped us with the tents, mats, backpacks and other items. Thanks to everyone for the projectors, generator, stabilizer, sleeping bags, smart phones, laptops and other supplies. 

(Tuesday, May 21) Many thanks to David from north Uganda for leading our morning worship with the words of these songs. “I surrender all to You, withholding nothing and I’ll give myself away so You can use me.” Martin started with reminding everyone about our original vision and the importance of ensuring we are helping new believers become true disciples after they are saved. We heard testimonies about the ministry in the rest of the areas and then shared and prayed for the answers and direction for some of our biggest challenges in advancing the kingdom. We were blessed to have others join us, including Pr. Moses from Mpigi, Uganda who was introduced to Harvest Vision Ministries through the Stitched for Joy ministry in Arlington, WA. God is always bringing us together with other leaders and ministries so we can work together to reach, to win, to train and to send. We were privileged to distribute printed bibles donated by the Club One church family in Pierce County and solar-powered audio bibles in 14 different languages, many of which will go to scattered and unreached tribes along the Kenya and Ethiopia border. The audio bibles, as well as the water filters that were distributed to the coordinators, were donated by our friends from The King’s Storehouse ministry from Ferndale, WA. The coordinator’s shared testimonies about how the water filters provide clean water eliminating typhoid and other diseases. They are simple, easy to use, gravity-fed and each one filters 1 million gallons of water. We heard testimonies about how the audio bibles are bringing God’s Word to many of the nomadic tribes that don’t have schools and where the people can’t read or write. We also shared and prayed about sustainability projects for each coordinator’s family that they can use to provide the income they need to take care of their personal and family needs, including a home, food and school fees for their children. We finished our evening with praise and prayer, filled with joy and a hint of sadness as many had to leave to return to their families and their place in God’s harvest field remembering that “nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus”.

(Wednesday, May 22) We woke up to a beautiful Africa morning and in the midst of friends that work at the guesthouse and our co-laborers that are preparing to return to their homes and families. At the same time, Martin, Susan and Kennedy are preparing everyone for their travels, including our USA team’s travel to visit the ministry in Nebbi in NW Uganda. Our van driver, George, got us safely to Wobulenzi, about 2 hours away from Kampala and our van broke down. While local mechanics worked, we enjoyed meeting the local people including the children. We played and shared the love of Jesus and commissioned them as the Wobulenzi Harvest Kids to continue to share the love of Jesus with the community after we leave to continue our trip. After having lunch at a small local restaurant, we completed our 5 hour unexpected, but not unplanned (by God), mission and George, our driver, got us to our guesthouse about midnight where we were greeted by a friendly staff, a nice dinner and good accommodations. We are prayerfully excited for God to reveal His plan for this new day. Thanks to our family and friends in the USA that are on this journey with us. 

(Thursday, May 23) Many thanks to the Kucwiny Women’s group and others that welcomed us when we arrived at the village where Pr. Christopher and his family that live in NW Uganda. Christopher is the Harvest Vision coordinator for this area which is adjacent to the border of the DRCongo. It was a heart-warming reunion for those of us that visited here before and a special blessing for those that are meeting this part of the Harvest Vision family for the first time. After our welcome at Pr. Christopher’s home, we walked to the nearby church for the women’s conference. After the team introduced themselves, Pam shared a message about Esther and Mary from the bible and Susan shared a message about what it means to be a child of God. Dan delivered the gospel message and Chris made an invitation and many made a decision to accept Jesus Christ. We are thankful for the healings and deliverances that the Lord poured out today. The team from Kampala and the USA prayed over the Kucwiny church leaders that God has positioned to minister to the needs of the people in this community. After lunch in the village, the team walked back to the church.

The children had a special program for the visiting team from Kampala and the USA. The kids had prepared many songs, dances and a skit for us and we were so blessed that so many adults had come together to give God glory and praise. Susan shared the story of Noah and there were words of encouragement from the team. Many children and adults responded to the call of salvation. Afterwards, we visited the location of the Fountain of Hope primary school and Chris shared the vision for the school. The USA team brought frisbees that had been signed by friends in the USA including the Harvest Kids who are currently collecting their change to pay for 60 iron sheets that will be installed to prevent the rains from destroying the brick walls of the new school. We ask that you pray for the Harvest Kids in the USA that are sacrificing to meet that goal. They have $100 of the $470 needed. If you would like to help them, you can drop off your change or donation at the Harvest Home, 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley, WA or Walker Motor Works, 9430 State Ave, Marysville, WA; mail it to PO Box 733, Sedro Woolley, WA, 98284 or donate electronically online at www.harvestvisionministries.org

(Friday, May 24) We hadn’t got very far traveling back in the morning when we had another van breakdown but were soon on the road and were blessed to see elephants, baboons, monkeys, gazelles and water buffalos on our trip back to Kampala. 

(Saturday, May 25) Our last morning in Africa and we are on our way to visit Pr. Jonathan at the Canaan Foundation primary school in Mukono, Uganda. We have been friends and supporters of his ministry in this community for over 10 years and have witnessed him, the students, the teachers and community endure incredible challenges and have seen many young people get an education and, more importantly, receive their salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Few benches or desks or textbooks and cooking meals for over 200 children over open fires, but the love of God, the children and this community perseveres. We visited the classroom the boys live in and Madilyn’s House that was built for the girls in 2013 and that God used to launch the Harvest Kids ministry we have today. We also visited with Jonathan, his wife, Eunice, and their children that live a few kilometers from the school on Lake Victoria. Jonathan and Eunice have 22 orphans living at their home and another 52 that live at the school. We also gave them the hand-made pillow case dresses that our sister, Avis, from Sedro Woolley, WA donated.  What a blessing to see the love of Christ in these people. At 11pm that night we were on the plane back to Belgium, New Jersey then Seattle, leaving them with projectors, backpacks, phones, microphones, other equipment and money for a generator, vehicle repairs and other equipment that will be purchased in Uganda. Thanks to everyone that has helped equip these brothers and sisters for their mission.

   USA News, April, 2019

    We are thankful to everyone that joined in the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil that ended on April 14th. We made many new pro-life friends that are praying that people will have their hearts opened to the truth about God’s unconditional love for all of His Children, born and unborn, and the forgiveness that He has for all of us that have thought or acted in contrary to the sanctity of life God has established. We are looking forward to prayerfully seek discernment on how we may join together to come against the enemies attacks on our families, children, elderly and mentally or emotionally challenged.

   Thanks to the many who have donated time, money and sweat equity for the construction of the Harvest Kids greenhouse and aquaponics project. We completed the electrical and installation of vents and fans, prepared the garden, got a sink and a porta-potty and got the signs up for the dedication that was held at Wayne & Rebecca Watne’s on the Samish River on Sunday, April 28th. The seeds are planted for a variety of vegetables and fruit and will be available to be planted into the garden or to those that might be wanting starts.

  We had a wonderful time of fellowship at our Africa fundraiser with the Lyman Baptist church family on Saturday, April 27th. When we first shared this with our friends, Reggie Hunter, felt led to offer a salmon dinner to those that would come. That involved building a firepit, getting wood and racks, then getting, preparing and cooking lot’s of salmon, which he did with the help of many friends. The purpose of the fundraiser was to get the prayer and financial support for the upcoming 3rd Coordinator’s Conference in Uganda and to purchase the $6,000 worth of ministry items that are needed to support the outreach activities in the different countries. The fundraiser included the dinner, a fashion show featuring dresses from Africa, a raffle of soapstone by the Harvest Kids, signing frisbees for vulnerable children in Africa and a silent auction, with a variety of items donated by friends from around the area. The evening included showing a video of the Harvest Kid’s greenhouse ministry and a slideshow about the ministry in Africa, the coordinators, the outreaches and a list of the actual needs. Thanks to everyone that prayed and helped bring in $1,290 toward our goal.      

  We were encouraged by a visit from John Seaman and his friend, Lena, from the Kellie’s Spiritual Recovery Center in Curlew, WA. They were able to help us with the full weekend: movie night, Harvest Kids, Africa fundraiser and the Harvest Kids greenhouse dedication. We are thankful for their servant’s hearts and the ministry that John has started and the passion that he has to reach out to those who have experienced the loss of love ones and those that are struggling with addiction. He has been working to build a required septic system on his property and was recently told that he needed a mound system which increases the money he needs for the project. He will be working to self-design and use a borrowed excavator to minimize the costs. If you would like to help, you can designate giving to this ministry electronically www.harvestvisionministries.org.    

   Many thanks to Cheryl and her granddaughter, Tia, who have been working with the Harvest Kids and sharing her passion and love for messianic dancing with tambourines and flags. If you have an interest or know someone that does, the next gatherings are Sunday afternoon, 2-4pm, at 9467 Pierce Lane, Sedro Woolley on June 9th & 23rd.

   We hosted our first girl’s sleepover with young people from Granite Falls this month. We are hoping to start Harvest Kids in Granite Falls now that Blake and Kylee have moved into a home which gives them the space to hosts the ministry there. Thanks to Cheryl Walsh that took 540# of crushed cans up to the recycle center in Bellingham earlier in the week. The kids got $196 that supports orphans in the Comfort Africa ministry in Uganda and helps pay the teachers for the primary school for the Wambuti pygmy tribe in the DRCongo.

   We were blessed to have our friends, Nate and Hannah, come from Kent to share with the Harvest Kids on April 27th.  Nate has been involved with his family in Harvest Vision for some time, visiting and helping locally, and been on missions to Africa and Mexico, including a mission trip to Mexico with Hannah. They recently got engaged and we are so happy they came to visit and share with the Harvest Kids. After crushing cans, Nate and Hannah, led the kids in some parachute games before they came in to watch a video of the new “Fountain of Hope” primary school project that the Harvest Kids helped start in northwest Uganda. Today they counted out $77 of change they donated that is the start of the $470 needed to purchase the tin for the roof of the new school. We were blessed to have Jake and Sarah bring they kids to join us today and along with Nate and Hannah, they all put their birthday “cakes” on the birthday board and their handprints on the wall. After lunch , we shared a photo of a bird on a branch with a quote that Linda had printed earlier to give to everyone: “A bird on a branch is not afraid the branch will break because their trust is in their wings.” Nate and Hannah, shared about the importance of encouragement and love in our lives using Paul’s examples from Thessalonians and Philippians. Nate and Hannah had everyone share examples of being encouraged and showing love in difficult situations, even when they have been hurt or wronged by others. Each one of them shared the things they are thankful for before closing in prayer and finishing up with some “hula hoop” exercise. We are so thankful for everyone that prays and supports the journey of faith these young people have chosen so they can become true disciples of Jesus Christ.     

USA News, March, 2019

Many thanks to everyone that has been helping with the Harvest Kids greenhouse project. We have the plastic cover over the top, the ends closed with doors and tables built for the seedlings. We will be installing vents & exhaust fans, running electrical and preparing some of the property for a garden. We are also planning an open house to invite everyone to come and see the progress, then we will begin working on the aquaponics portion of the greenhouse.  Our sister, Rebecca, is busy crafting up a sign which will be hung over the front door. More important than growing plants, we are growing true disciples of Jesus Christ. In case you forgot how the story goes:

“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden, and there He put the man He had formed. The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

— Genesis 2:8,15,18

 We are excited that we will be taking dresses made by the Stitched with Joy ministry from the Bryant Community Church family in Arlington, WA to Africa for vulnerable children, including orphans, along with dresses from our sister, Avis, who lives in Sedro Woolley. What a double blessing to be taking bolts of cloth they have donated to support the sewing ministry in San Luis, Mexico. OK, a triple blessing because Olivia, the Mexico co-director, has helped start a sewing ministry in the women’s federal prison in Mexico and they will also be making dresses for vulnerable children in Africa

“God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

— Genesis 1:27

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.”

— Jeremiah 1:5

What a wonderful day witnessing with brothers and sisters and sharing the love of Jesus on the sidewalk in Mt. Vernon. Thanks for these friends that spent one of our first sunny Sundays sharing the love of Jesus for all people. Most of us met for the first time today. A 95 year old veteran B-17 pilot, a woman from Luxemburg, a former drug addict now a pastor in a ministry started after his daughter was killed by a drunk driver, recovering alcoholics now running an international ministry, a young girl adopted after her mother chose not to abort and young girls that are involved in ministry locally and in Mexico and Africa. We pray that the hearts of everyone would be open to the good news of the gospel. That every human being is created eternally by the true and living God and at a given time would become manifest in the flesh in a mother’s womb where God begins to weave them into the person He created them to be so that they might have a relationship with Him. No human being can create eternal life and no human being can take eternal life from anyone, but everyone of age must decide where they want to spend that eternity. Challenges for everyone involved, but we can meet those challenges when everyone is involved and are the hands and feet of Jesus to help take care of those that have been chosen by God to be the vessels in which He grows His baby. God’s forgiveness is available for everyone that has ever been involved in abortions, including those that have had abortions. We have an opportunity to join with Christian brothers and sisters from across the continent for the 40 Days of Life that goes from March 6 – April 14. You can get more information on how you can be involved at the 40 Days of Life website or contact us.

We were encouraged by a visit from John Seaman from the Kellie’s Spiritual Recovery Center in Curlew, WA. We are thankful for the ministry that John has started and the passion that he has to reach out to those who have experienced the loss of love ones and those that are struggling with addiction. We are agreeing in prayer with John for the remainder of the money ($6,725) needed to build a septic tank on the property. You can designate giving to this ministry electronically from the Harvest Vision website.    

Many thanks to everyone that prays and helps support our brothers and sisters in central Africa that tirelessly and faithfully are reaching the lost in their communities and outlying areas. Most of our coordinators have families that also knowingly make sacrifices to help make the outreaches possible and even though they work with church families of all Christian denominations many times they simply don’t have the little extra money to pay the transport to move the equipment. This last year we started a farming project which will generate funds in Africa to help meet some of the needs to keep the outreaches going. We have a long-term lease on some land in central Uganda and have prepared the ground to be planted. We are in need of $1,700 to plant the pineapples and we will only need to do occasional weeding until we produce the first crop which will be used to help support the ongoing outreaches.

 We are looking forward to an evening of celebration at the Harvest Vision Ministries salmon dinner & silent auction fundraiser that will be held at the Lyman Baptist Church, 31441 W. Main, on Saturday, April 27th. We will be raising money to help with the upcoming conference for all the coordinators in Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, South Sudan and the DRCongo in the mid-May. George Henson, Wayne Watne, Dan Lenhart, Noah Lenhart and Pam Westberg will be joining with them to encourage and gather information on how to pray and better understand the financial support they need to continue their work of evangelism, church planting, pastor’s training and helping meet some of their basic needs. Please contact Linda Henson if you can join us for the evening or if you can help with the set-up, food or donate an item for the silent auction.     

 Many thanks to everyone that prays for and supports the Harvest Kids. These young people are wonderful examples of sacrificing for others as they endure the cold to crush aluminum cans that will be used to support vulnerable children in Africa. The kids counted their change and donated the last of the money needed to start the sewing ministry out of the Nalidi Grace Orphan primary school in east Uganda and are now raising money to complete a four classroom primary school in northwest Uganda. Lynn and Christina, from Child’s Evangelism Fellowship, came in time to watch a video of the orphan boys at the Canaan Primary School in Mukono, Uganda that just received the mattresses the kids purchased for them. Afterwards, they did an interactive message out of Psalms 119:9-11, which the kids memorized and then Christina gave a message about David’s defeat of Goliath. George and Linda were blessed to attend a special Child’s Evangelism Fellowship celebration to raise awareness and hear the testimonies of young people that have been trained to bring the gospel message to children in our communities. Christina, who is 18 years old, testified and has chosen to dedicate her future to reaching children in Skagit County through the ministry and another young couple with two children are leaving Whatcom County and moving to Sri Lanka, an island off the coast of India, to reach the people there through the ministry.

The kids have been planting seeds for the new greenhouse and have also been praying for the born and unborn during the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil in Mt. Vernon. Many thanks to Isaac who drove Sara to the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group community outreach outside of Sedro Woolley where they met George and Linda. Many people came together to pot small trees that will later be planted along creeks and streams in our county to protect the habitat for the future.

Many thanks to Cheryl and her granddaughter, Tia, who have been working with the Harvest Kids and sharing her passion and love for messianic dancing with tambourines and flags. The next gathering will be on Sunday, April 14th, at the Harvest Home from 2-4pm. We are looking forward to seeing how God will be using this ministry to reach people in our community. Our sister, Olivia, who is co-director of the ministry in Mexico, is doing a parallel ministry there and we are excited she and a team of leaders will be coming up to join these young people during the July 4th week. The ministry is open to people of all ages.

Unplanned is the definitive movie on abortion that has sparked more pre-release controversy than any film. The explanation is not complicated. The reason for all the drama and speculation is not because of the R rating. It’s not because it exposes Planned Parenthood and how they operate. And it’s not because we currently have governors, senators and presidential candidates casually supporting infanticide. The uproar is for the person who inspired the movie but will never be able to see it: the 13-week-old baby boy who was aborted right before the eyes of Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson on September 26, 2009. He changed her heart. He is the reason this movie exists. And by portraying his short life, this film validates that this baby had a life. He represents not only himself, but all aborted babies who have no voice and are hardly ever known or seen.

Abby was a very hard-working person who defended “choice” better than anyone else and truly thought she was helping women. Then, she came face-to-face with the baby boy on the ultrasound. He humanized all unborn children for her because he fought. He was alive. He didn’t care whether we thought he could feel pain or whether he should get to be born or who his parents were. He just fought for his life right before Abby’s eyes. It was a fight he had no chance of winning, and, as a result, he changed the heart of an abortion facility director. Look at his impact. Abby has helped 500 abortion workers leave the industry. How many babies has Abby Johnson saved from abortion as a result? How many babies are alive because of that baby boy’s short life?

There are many good reasons to see Unplanned this weekend. Yes, it’s the beautiful story of Abby Johnson–her courage, her wonderful family, and her willingness to put her life out there like no former abortion worker ever has. The movie is also accurate and the best education on abortion of any film. But the real reason you should see this is because of that 13-week-old baby boy. He had no voice and now he has a movie. Honor his short life. Pay homage to those who have gone through the same death as he did, a death that Hollywood rated R, but a death that will not be forgotten. Abby has been his voice, and you can be one too by commemorating him, his movie, and his life

USA News, February, 2019

Thanks to everyone that supported the outreach ministry at the Smokey Pt. Rest Area on I-5 this weekend. As usual, many people donated nice home-made cookies and other volunteers were available to greet travelers with a hot cup of coffee or chocolate and something sweet to tickle their tongues and warm their stomachs. Most of all, we were able to share the love of the Father along with the right hand of fellowship. Our friends that we had the opportunity to serve also responded with $250 that will be used to support the over-all ministry and bring still others into the kingdom. Jesus said, “I was hungry and you fed Me. I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink. As much as you did it to the least of these, you did it to Me.” We have had wonderful fellowship at the Harvest Home on Tue-Fri from 10am-4pm and would love to have you drop by and grab a cup of coffee or tea and share what is going on in your journey of faith. Even with the outpouring of snow and difficult driving conditions, the Lord has opened the door to become acquainted with local church families and ministries around the Skagit Valley and other areas of northwest Washington.

Early in the morning, I awoke with a deep heaviness in my heart and the Father revealed to me that it was His Heart and pain that He was sharing with me. My wife and I know the journey that we went through the first 10 years of our marriage and not being able to have a child of our own. We also know the pain of losing a child. As Christians we are over-whelmed with opportunities to come together with others of faith for a variety of reasons and we pray that they are all gatherings in response to the call of God. As we look and think every day about the children God has brought into our lives, we realize that we are God’s creation and that we were made by Him and for Him even before the world as we know it was created. Today in our own community, as well as communities throughout the nation, many of our children will be taken before they are even seen by any of us. It breaks the Father’s heart that many in His Church have not been willing to passionately and actively intercede on His behalf to reconcile everyone involved in abortion, including those that have had an abortion or been involved in the industry, to their loving Father in heaven. Our church families, ministries and brother and sisters are always calling us together for various reasons which are pleasing to God and many respond. But on this matter, God Himself has called us. Although God could change it without us, He trusts His people to intercede.

“If My People, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

— 2 Chronicles 7:14

    This is not a promise from the liberals, conservatives, Republicans or Democrats.

    Neither is it a promise from your pastor, church family or ministry.

    It is a promise from a loving Father that has entrusted to us the ministry of reconciliation. 

Jesus said:

“A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no longer ask Me anything. I tell you the truth, My Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name. Until now you have not asked for anything in My Name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

— John 16:21-24

We have an opportunity to join with Christian brothers and sisters from across the continent for the 40 Days of Life that will be from March 6 – April 14. This will be a time set aside to intercede for those involved with the ongoing work at Planned Parenthood, which includes parents and children, born and unborn, and the medical and other staff. This is a non-confrontational and non-threatening gathering for those that know that God created all of us: before the womb, in the womb and through our entire journey of faith in this world with the opportunity to have a relationship with Him if we receive the free gift of eternal life offered to us through faith in Jesus Christ. The local Planned Parenthood is at 1805 E. Division in Mt. Vernon and prayer will be ongoing from 6am-6pm every day. We are hoping to have someone in continual prayer throughout the day. If you would like to volunteer for a time (increments in hours), go to www.40daysforlife.com and click on “Find a campaign”, then you will need to create a login. After you log in, click add vigil location, country (USA), state (Washington), (Mount Vernon, WA). Click “local page” and sign up for vigil hours. Days highlighted in green are full, blue are partial and gray are empty. You can also join people during hours that others have already volunteered for. Parking is available at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 S. 18th  in Mt. Vernon. Please use the upper parking area. We invite anyone that is interested or might be interested to come and join us. If anyone would like to hold a sign, we have those available for you to borrow. For information, please call George at 360-421-8811 or Linda at 360-421-8812. Cindy Weidman, 360-982-1682, is coordinating the effort in Mt. Vernon.

We are preparing for the springbreak mission team that will be going to San Luis, Mexico the first week of April and will be prepping a construction team to go down to help with some much needed projects around the mission home in the late spring or early summer. Please contact us if you are interested. We will be scheduling a Harvest Vision Celebration in the spring to give all our partners and friends the opportunity to come with anyone else interested as we share a snapshot of all the different ways in which the Holy Spirit is reaching the lost and helping the hurting through the ministry. We are also planning a Marriage Covenant ceremony that will allow married couples to come together with other couples and renew their vows as husband and wife and then, along with the other couples, make a commitment to serve the Lord. Check out the calendar to see the dates and times of the different opportunities to be involved or contact us directly if you want more information.

Thanks to Linda, Veronica, Wayne and Isaac for helping with Harvest Kids this month. Wayne & Rebecca’s neighbors, Tom and Nancy, and their two grandchildren from Canada came and visited. We were able to share with them about the Harvest Kids ministry and show them a video that summarizes much of the work that the kids have been doing to help vulnerable children in Africa. Wayne and Laly helped Brooke (9) and James (4) put their handprint on the wall and Wayne actually helped Walker, the wonder dog, put a double paw print on the wall. All together the kids have brought enough change to raise $159 toward their goal of $200 which will be enough to begin a sewing ministry in the town center close to the Nalidi Grace Orphan primary school in eastern Uganda. This allows these young entrepreneurs to learn a trade and actually begin to be teachers instructing and showing other young people how they can have a small business and begin to provide for their own needs. Many thanks to Lynn and Christina who bring their inter-active Child’s Evangelism Fellowship to our young people every month. The last teaching was about David, who had the Father’s heart and their memorization verse was Psalms 119:9-10, We also showed a short video of the first gathering of the Harvest Kids for the messianic dance and tambourine ministry that started on February 17th.

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to Your Word. I seek You with all my heart; do not let me stray from Your commands.”

— Psalms 119:9-10

Thanks to Cheryl and her daughter, Tia,  that joined the Harvest Kids to put substance to this vision. Cheryl was involved with a team of Messianic worshipers that went on a mission trip to Mexico in 2001 to share their expressions of the love of Jesus through their music and dance using flags, tambourines and banners. Olivia, the director of Harvest Vision Ministries in Mexico, has the same vision and is working with teams of children and youth that are led to worship the Lord this way in San Luis. They will someday be working together. We had already ordered the tambourines and these girls were thrilled to see their love for Jesus, music and dancing coming together. It was an amazing afternoon. The kids had the opportunity to hear Cheryl’s testimony about her trip to Israel and Mexico and how Tia was brought into her family’s life. Tia put her handprint on the wall and added her name to the Harvest Kids birthday board and bonded to the girls in a special way. The ministry will hopefully involve children, youth and adults, male and female and we are hoping that God will use it to bring unity to the Body of Christ. We expect the people involved will be able to share at events such as the local parades, outreaches or just going to dance for Jesus at a local park. We are making no attempt to limit how, who is involved, when or where the Holy Spirit is leading because we are confident of why and that is to bring God glory.

On Saturday, March 2, the Harvest Kids will be going to help the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group put tree starts into planting pots. The kids will meet at the Harvest Home at 9:30 and will be working from 10am-1pm. Kids need to wear warm clothing and boots. Snacks will be provided. On Sunday, March 3, at the Harvest Home from 2-4pm, we will be having the second meeting of the Harvest Kids messianic and tambourine ministry. If you are interested in helping or have a young child or teen that wants to come we would love to have you. On Saturday, March 9th, after the 10am-12:30pm Harvest Kids, we will be starting seed pots for the greenhouse and aquaphonics project. The seed pots will be kept in the Harvest Home to germinate and begin to grow. They will be transplanted into growing pots at the greenhouse at Wayne & Rebecca Watne’s home on the Samish River the end of March. On Saturday, March 16, the Harvest Kids will be leaving the Harvest Home at 9am to help the SFEG plant the trees along a small creek in Marblemount from 10am-1pm. Please contact George at 360-421-8811 or Veronica at 425-244-2525 for information.

 USA News, January, 2019

What an amazing month, filled with reminders of God’s faithfulness through the sharing of testimony after testimony of the way in which the Holy Spirit is bringing us into divine encounters with fellow believers to do the works that He has planned in advance for us. This revival of the Church is happening at a global level and we are being energized as we witness His promise being fulfilled.