Good Friday – PALM SUNDAY

Today, as we remember all that Jesus Christ did for us during His final days before going to the Cross, we think about Palm Sunday and His Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem.

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The Triumphal Entry

7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them,
and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road;
others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”
10 And when He had come into Jerusalem,
all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

11 So the multitudes said,
“This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Matthew 21:7-11 (NKJV)


An excerpt from The Scarlet Cord

Completely following Jesus Christ will not always be easy, or comfortable.

The tough subjects addressed in this book–such as taking up your cross and going to the nations, or pondering the eternal condition of “lost souls”–are not popular themes.

Many Christians would rather focus on how to be happy.

Let’s be honest here. It’s typical and normal to want an easy life and pleasant things.

Most people would prefer a delicious feast, rather than an extended fast. Most people would prefer to stay at a fabulous hotel, rather than in a filthy mud hut.

And perhaps our Lord Jesus might have preferred reigning from His heavenly throne . . . more than His suffering on the cross.

This excerpt is from the Preface of Jon & Ann Dunagan’s brand-new book, THE SCARLET CORD: Nothing but the Blood of Jesus. It’s a concise call to world missions, emphasizing God’s only way of salvation through the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Learn more . . .

Will we praise Him . . . without the multitudes?

It was easy for the crowds to praise and worship Jesus, when all the multitudes were joining in . . . yet less than a week later only a few of His followers remained faithful as our Lord was nailed to the Cross of Calvary.

And what about us?

Will we praise and worship Jesus even when times are tough?
Will we follow Him by taking up “our” cross and doing whatever He tells us to do?

Do you remember that old Sunday School song:

I have decided to follow Jesus.
I have decided to follow Jesus.
I have decided to follow Jesus.
No turning back, No turning back.

Though none go with me, still I will follow.
Though none go with me, still I will follow.
Though none go with me, still I will follow.
No turning back. No turning back.

Yet despite the failures of those disciples who turned away, God was merciful and forgiving. Other than Judas, they all came back . . . and followed Jesus to their death.

Through the power of the Cross and Christ’s salvation, the Gospel has continued for over 2000 years, and the God’s salvation has spread throughout the world. All across the earth, multitudes are still PRAISING HIM today!

Many have yet to hear God’s Good News, yet we praise God for all He has done and for every person who has been saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

(This video highlights a crowd at a Harvest Ministry outreach in East Africa, praising and Jesus Christ. He is worthy of all worship . . . at all times. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!)

Glory to God in the Highest!
Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.


Good Friday Series — Fun Ideas for Families

Fun Ideas for Mission-Minded Families

Fun Ideas for Mission-Minded Families

Ideas for Families:

Looking for some fun (and easy) Good Friday and Easter ideas for your family? — with a focus on Jesus, the Cross, and Missions?
See our posts on Daring Daughters < < <

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On St. Patrick’s Day, Let’s PRAY for Ireland!

 

Oh, we love Ireland (at any time of the year)!

 

The month of March is a great time to pray for Ireland and to be inspired by the example of Patrick, the famous missionary to Ireland. Let’s PRAY for today’s spiritual needs of both Ireland and of Europe. As you see decorations in stores and shops, allow St. Patrick’s Day GREEN to remind you we’re all called to GO with the Gospel of Jesus!

Get Inspired for Missions . . . in MARCH

Be sure to also see . . .
A Glimpse of what God is doing in Ireland < < <

 

St. Patrick’s Day 

For many people, St. Patrick’s Day is nothing more than a holiday to commemorate the traditions of Ireland. People wear “Irish” green; stores decorate with shamrocks, leprechauns, and rainbows; and restaurants feature meals of corned beef, cabbage and potatoes . . . or green-colored mint milkshakes.

To others, March 17th is a day to gratify the flesh: to guzzle beer, or to glorify sinful lifestyles through disgraceful city-wide parades. How far we have come from the real story of a missionary named Patrick and the sacrifices he made to bring the love of Jesus Christ to the people of Ireland. Today, more than ever, our world needs the Gospel.

During the month of March, let’s remember the missionary story of St. Patrick. And let’s use all the GREEN decorations as a constant reminder, wherever we see them (in stores, restaurants, etc.), that we’re all called to GO with God’s GOOD NEWS!

Q & A Prayer Focus:

How can we pray for Ireland?

In previous generations, Ireland was a predominantly Christian nation, even “sending” missionaries to other countries and helping to spread the Gospel throughout Europe. Today, according to a recent European Believers report, less than 1% of the people of Ireland are born-again believers (only 0.62%). That percentage is so low.

As mission-minded families, we need to PRAY for Ireland.

Learn how to pray for IRELAND on OPERATION WORLD.

Harvest Ministry’s ongoing heart for Ireland . . .

We had the wonderful opportunity of ministering all throughout the nation of Ireland, in churches, homes, and in effective family/parenting workshops.  And yes, we’re hoping and praying about going back to Ireland, Lord willing . . . soon. (We’re praying!)

See also: A Glimpse of What God is Doing in Ireland < < <

Quick Facts:

St. Patrick’s Day 2017 – Friday, MARCH 17th

Patrick was the first Christian missionary to Ireland. In the United States, celebrations include city parades, Irish cultural celebrations, and the wearing of green.

Who was Saint Patrick?

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“Saint” Patrick (389 – 461 AD) actually went to Ireland twice – first as a slave, and later as a missionary. Born in Britain (in Wales), Patrick is widely known as the first Christian missionary to the Irish people. During his youth (from 16 to 22 years old), he was captured and taken to Ireland. While there, young Patrick repented of his sinful, backslidden condition. Years later, after escaping to his homeland, he received a vision from God calling him to return to the Irish people to proclaim the Gospel of Christ. Patrick obeyed God’s call and went back.

For the remainder of his life, Patrick ministered among the heathen tribes of Ireland – confronting Irish idolatry and sorcery, converting many to Jesus Christ, and baptizing thousands of people. Tradition says he used the three-leaf Irish clover to teach the unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

According to historian William Federer, who wrote St. Patrick: The Real History of His Life, From Tragedy to Triumph, “He was actually a missionary and he converted 120,000 druids from paganism to Christianity.” Federer claims that in the fifth century A.D., Patrick did more than perhaps anyone in history to spread Christianity in Europe. Although druids attempted to kill him over a dozen times,  Patrick continued to preach the message of Jesus Christ, and throughout his ministry he pioneered over 300 Christian churches. Patrick also spoke out against slavery, and because of this, some call him the world’s first abolitionist.

Mission-Minded Family Resources:

To learn more about St. Patrick, I recommend Hero Tales – Volume III, by Dave & Neta Jackson (Bethany House Publishers). Along with the short biography summary, St. Patrick: Missionary to Ireland, the Jackson’s include three devotional stories (each with a focus “From God’s Word” and “Let’s Talk About It” discussion questions) to read aloud:

  • “Your Ship is Ready” — Trust
  • The Fire on the Hill — Boldness
  • Blood on the White Robes — Righteous Anger

VeggieTales has a funny “flannel-graph” version of the St. Patrick story, which is surprisingly historically accurate, on the VeggieTales DVD, Sumo of the Opera.

Also, Focus on the Family has a special “Days to Remember” edition of Adventures in Odyssey, with two episodes specifically highlighting the true meaning of St. Patrick’s Day.

 

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Adapted from “Enjoying Missions Throughout the Year” from Ann’s book, The Mission-Minded Family – Releasing Your Family to God’s Destiny.

Mark’s Mission to Nepal

Over the past several years, the Lord has been really stirring my heart for the Himalayas. As I’ve been looking ahead and seeking God for His plans for my future, I’ve been praying a lot for Nepal and for unreached people, and I’m eager to explore ministry possibilities in this region. — Mark

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Dear Friends & Family,

MISSION TO NEPAL

First of all, thank you for all the prayers, support and encouragement this past summer as I went with Christ for the Nations Institute — on a mission outreach in S.E. Asia. This fall, I’ve been continuing my Bible college education through CFNI’s online program, which has allowed me to work and to save with the goal of graduating debt-free in the spring of 2017 (with a bachelor’s degree in Christian ministry).

An unexpected bonus of being in the NW this semester is that I’ve been invited to accompany my older brother, Josh Dunagan, on a mission trip to Nepal with Gospel Projects International (in cooperation with Harvest Ministry). In November, Josh and I will be traveling to Kathmandu, hiking to a remote area to preach the Gospel, and checking on the construction progress for a soon-coming orphan ministry, Himalaya Daya Children’s Home, scheduled to launch, Lord willing, in 2017. “Daya” is a Nepali word meaning “Mercy” and a key verse for this ministry is Hosea 14:3, “For in You, the orphan finds mercy.”

I’m looking forward to being mentored in missions work and ministry by my older brother, and helping in whatever ways I can. I’m also excited about traveling and ministering in Nepal. Over the past several years, the Lord has been really stirring my heart for this area of the world. As I’ve been looking ahead and seeking God for His plans for my future, I’ve been praying a lot for Nepal and for unreached people in the Himalayas, and I’m eager to explore ministry possibilities in this region.

In January, I will be returning to Dallas, Texas, to finish my final winter/spring semester at CFNI. Right now is an exciting time of life, and the Lord is so good!

Please keep me in your prayers.

Mark Dunagan


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Mark’s previous mission outreaches — in Asia (above) and Costa Rica (below)

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Want to partner with Mark?

If anyone would like to give for Mark’s mission outreaches — both for this outreach, and/or future missions (or to receive his new mission prayer newsletter) you can write gifts to “Harvest Ministry” and simply indicate “MISSION TO NEPAL” on the memo line.

Mail to:
HARVEST MINISTRY – PO BOX 727 – Hood River, OR 97031

NETS: Joseph and the JESUS Film

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News from Uganda:

We received AWESOME exciting news from NETS minister, Joseph Baluku in Bwera, Uganda. he just received a brand-new JESUS Film projector, and he is thrilled. Just look at these photos from the front lines of evangelism, along with his personal hand-written praise report.

Thank you so much for your love and mission support for Harvest Ministry and the NETS (National Evangelism Team Support) outreach.

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Mission outreaches included evangelism in schools and villages, and teaching seminars for couples. Thousands of people were in attendance at all the meetings and 450 people prayed to surrender their lives to Jesus. We praise God for all those who were saved, water baptized, and healed! Please keep Joseph and his wife, Margret, and their family and ministry in your prayers, as long as all the NETS ministry. 

TESTIMONY:

I witnessed the hand of God in the Katholhu outreach. One woman who had been sick, suffering from back pain for two years was healed. In the couple seminar, a lady who had planned a divorce changed her mind and forgave her husband.

Pray with me this month of November. I have planned to reach hospitals and prisons taking the Gospel.

NOTE: I thank God very very much for His provision of the projector and its equipment for showing the JESUS Film. AMEN. AMEN. AMEN!!!!

Joseph Baluku,
Bwera, Uganda – NETS Minister

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The Scarlet Cord: FREE Missions Book

A Concise Call to World Missions!

Emphasizing God’s only way of salvation through the precious blood of Jesus Christ, The Scarlet Cord is a call to missions. With personal missionary adventures and a passion for the lost, Jon & Ann Dunagan share why “Missions is not just for missionaries; God’s call is for all!”

 

 

Challenge Your Church:

Harvest Ministry is offering THE SCARLET CORD books in multiples of 5 for a suggested donation to cover our publishing costs and shipping. Our heart is to see the vision for this book to be extended to as many people as possible — the message of God’s salvation through the BLOOD OF JESUS and God’s passionate call to reach the lost.

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Ch. 1 – Saved to the Uttermost:
The Symbolism of Rahab’s Scarlet Cord

Ch. 2 – God’s Only Way:
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus

Ch. 3 – God’s Vision:
Big Questions about World Missions

Ch. 4 – God’s Great Commission:
Our Biblical Basis for World Missions

Ch. 5 – God’s Great Provision:
Trusting God and Stepping Out

Ch. 6 – God’s Great Adventure:
Exciting Experiences from Every Continent

Ch. 7 – 100 Mission Mottos:
Compelling Missionary Quotes

Ch. 8 – 100 Mission Verses:
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation

Ch. 9 – 100 Missionaries & Martyrs:
Remembering Those Who Gave Their All

Ch. 10 – The Blood of the Lost:
Classic Missionary Stories

Ch. 11 – Remembering the Blood:
Communion Verses and Hymns

 

 

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“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” –I Corinthians 1:18

 


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TSC-good-friday-squareOur heart is to see the vision for The Scarlet Cord — stirring up God’s heart for all nations and for the lost — extend to as many people as possible.

 

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“The bedrock foundation for our call to world missions
is the blood of Jesus Christ.”
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What others are saying . . .

“I have just finished reading The Scarlet Cord: Nothing but the Blood of Jesus. This powerful book has put a fresh fire in my heart for world evangelization. To those serious about world missions, I recommend this book strongly, and to those not serious about world missions, I recommend it even more.” — Timothy Johnson, Dominican Republic: foreign-based missionary for over 25 years
“I can’t say enough about this book, what a blessing. you will laugh and you will cry, but most important is you will search deep in your heart for God’s plan for you and your mission field. We won’t all go to other countries, but with out a doubt this little powerful book will make you want to look deeper into you own mission field. It will help make you understand that your mission’s start the minute you rise in the morning until you close your eye’s in prayer at night. And every where you go throughout your day you are on your mission field. And The Lord is right there with you and will lead and guide you every step of the way. Thank you Jon and Ann, for all this book offers to us in our daily walk on our mission fields.Thank you so very much!” —Terri Trobridge, East Olympia Community Church, Olympia, Washington

 

“I am slowly reading a new book called The Scarlet Cord: Nothing but the Blood of Jesus, by Jon and Ann Dunagan. WHAT A WONDERFUL BOOK! A must read if you are a Christian.”–Juanita Rouse, Olympia, Washington


 

 

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LOVING ORPHANS: Building Renovations in Uganda

Praising God for His Provision

We’re so thankful to be able to share an AWESOME report of God’s provision for much needed renovations (building maintenance, painting, roof repairs) along with a retaining wall to keep flood waters away from the school buildings and living areas.

Thank you for caring for these precious children!

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Good Friday Series — Cultural Traditions


Around the world, the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated and remembered in many different ways.

Holy Week in Latin America

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In many Latin American countries, such as in Antigua, Guatemala, huge processions with statues of Jesus, Mary, and other religious relics are carried through the streets, yet in many places there is sometimes little or no mention of the resurrection.

Years ago, as our family was on a mission trip during Holy Week to Costa Rica and Guatemala, our family felt so burdened for the lost as we witnessed and shared the Gospel with people on the streets.

Although the cultural traditions were beautiful and religious, such as using flower pedals to decorate the streets from Palm Sunday through Good Friday, many people we met had no personal relationship with the Lord, or an understanding that JESUS is ALIVE today.



In other places (such as in the Philippines, in SE Asia) men allow themselves to actually be nailed to a cross – stopping just short of death – all done as “penance” (a religious self-effort to pay part of the punishment for their sins).

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Sharing the JESUS Film in Asia

We are so thankful for the Cross of Jesus Christ, and His perfect sinless blood, shed once and ONE TIME ONLY for the forgiveness of our sins.

(Photo: NETS ministry sharing the Gospel through the JESUS Film in remote areas in Nepal)

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Good Friday Series — Hallelujah, Jesus is ALIVE!

The central focus of Christianity is the cross and the empty tomb — the sacrificial death and glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

During this month when springtime and Easter decorations can be seen in grocery aisles, department stores, and city parks, it’s not hard to draw attention to the true meaning of the season . . . and to let people know . . .

Christ the Lord is RISEN today!

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USE EASTER DECORATIONS TO START A CONVERSATION.
During Easter week, you will likely see Easter decorations in many different locations — at grocery stores and drug stores (selling Easter egg decorations and food coloring sets), in department stores (by little girl dresses and ladies dresses), in shoe stores (selling cute dress-up shoes for Easter).

WITNESS AT A CITY EASTER EGG HUNT
Many families will decorate eggs, but they have no idea about the real meaning of the Cross and the Resurrection. Brainstorm a few specific ways that your family make an impact, this week, for Jesus. Perhaps you could go to a local Easter egg hunt and invite people to church. Maybe you could go to a grocery store and hang out by the egg dye to talk to a few people about Jesus. Maybe you could invite a few neighborhood kids over to decorate eggs and then talk about Jesus. Be prepared to share the Gospel this week — have Gospel tracts handy or simple invitations to church (even extra church bulletins or hand-made invitations).

DECORATE EGGS WITH GOSPEL THEMES
If you decorate Easter eggs, include pictures of the cross and the empty tomb, and words such as “JESUS IS ALIVE!” or “I LOVE JESUS!” (You can write these words with a color crayon before you put the eggs in the dye.)


INVITE KIDS OVER FOR AN EASTER PARTY.
Have fun Easter-themed decorations and treats. Read aloud from a Christian children’s book which focus on the true meaning of the Cross and the Resurrection of Christ, such as any Bible storybook. Two of our family favorites are The Tale of the Three Trees, or The Little Rose of Sharon.

HAVE A SPRINGTIME EASTER TEA PARTY
Invite little girls over for a fun dress-up tea party. Use the party time “games” to share the true meaning of Easter (perhaps with the EvangeCube, the Gospel colors, coloring pictures, a Bible story book, or a short children’s cartoon about Jesus). Share the Gospel and invite families to come to church.

GIVE AWAY THE SCARLET CORD.
Spread a heart for world missions — by giving away copies of THE SCARLET CORD: Nothing but the Blood of Jesus to friends at your church or to mission-minded families. The Scarlet Cord is a concise call to world missions, emphasizing God’s only way of salvation through the precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Available in sets of 5.

Learn more . . .

HAVE YOUR KIDS DRAW PICTURES OF JESUS & THE CROSS.
Have your kids make simple hand-drawn pictures about the cross of Jesus Christ and the resurrection, with an invitation to your church’s Sunday Easter Service; bring the drawings with you the next time you are in the vicinity of your home church, and have your kids look for someone specific they can invite to church. Maybe give these to relatives on Easter Sunday, or go to an elderly care facility and give the drawings to people to let them know about Jesus.





INVITE PEOPLE TO CHURCH.
Think about your neighbors and pray about who you could invite to church. Walk through your neighborhood, and pray for various families, as specifically as you can. Make a simple effort (perhaps with a phone call, a stop at their house with a plate of cookies, or a simple basket with Easter treats and a church bulletin or handwritten card) and INVITE them to come.

More people visit church on Easter Sunday than at any other time. Take advantage of the special holiday and invite families to come with you.

(Credit for the cute bunny photo is from a good article about how to focus on the true meaning of Easter in public schools from pastors.com)

Good Friday Series — Passion for HARVEST

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Photo: In Nepal, NETS ministers share the Gospel in remote villages using the JESUS Film.

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On the cross of Calvary, Jesus Christ displayed His deepest passion, and there He fulfilled His ultimate purpose on earth — to provide the ONLY way for us, and for all people, to be saved from our sins and reconciled to God.

In Hebrews 12:2, the Bible tells us to look unto Jesus, “the author and finisher of our faith, Who for the JOY that was set before Him endured the cross.”

How could there be any JOY in such a brutal cross?

How can we refer to that day as “GOOD” Friday?

It’s because we know how the story ends! 

Through Christ’s atoning cross (meaning, His death “atoned” or “paid for” the penalty of our sins) and His glorious resurrection, our Lord destroyed the power-hold of sin and death in our lives, and He opened the door for us to receive God’s salvation.

It’s because He died, that we can live!

As Christians, we need to be challenged and “moved” by the cross. We need to remember all that Jesus endured, and continually remind ourselves of the purpose for His willing obedience.


Your Passion for Harvest

A Song of Prayer


Your passion for harvest, O Lord Your love for the lost

For the JOY set before You, O Lord You took Your cross

Now Your love compels me, for You died to save me

May I live only for You, and . . .

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Your passion for harvest, I need Your love for the lost

For the JOY set before me, O Lord, I’ll take my cross

For Your love compels me, for You died to save me

May I live only for You, for You.

Jesus Christ willingly surrendered everything, and took up His cross; but it wasn’t only for us. Our Lord’s precious blood was shed for the entire world. Yet even now, 2,000 years later, over 1.6 BILLION people have still never heard of Him. As Christians, we must be willing to surrender . . . everything . . . to take up our cross (God’s desire and will for our lives). We need to pray. We need to give. And we need to open our mouth and share our faith with others. We need God’s love and His passion for the harvest.



“I have been crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ that lives in me, and the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me”
(Galations 2:20).

“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
(I Corinthians 1:18).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”
(John 3:16 NKJV).

This year, as we remember our Lord Jesus’ death and resurrection, may we all be filled with more of His purpose and more of His tremendous love.

In His Harvest,
Jon & Ann

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