More Workers for the Harvest Thanks to Graduating Class!

by Charles Borchard

Part of Harmony’s efforts in working with the underground church in Vietnam is to train pastors and ministry workers.  The intensive 5 year program equips ministry-minded folks to engage in the Lord’s work, harvesting fields of new believers like the American corn bumper crop in 2014. A great "thanks" to all of the American pastors who took 10 days of their year to teach classes and train pastors in Vietnam. I owe each and every one of you a burger.

 If you think you or someone you know would like to partake in the sweet ministry of teaching upcoming leaders in the underground church, then please visit the following link to learn more about it. Do not neglect this, because I just got word that all of our March classes have been accounted for! *PASTORS ARE NEEDED TO TEACH IN VIETNAM!!*

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The Harvest is Plentiful in SE Asia

500 Vietnamese come to Christ as a result of Christmas outreach!

500 Vietnamese come to Christ as a result of Christmas outreach!

6 Cambodian university students received salvation!

6 Cambodian university students received salvation!

by Charles Borchard

The Christmas season is rife with the remembrance of miracles as Christians all across the globe give praise and thanks for the birth of the Messiah nearly 2000 years ago.  This season, Harmony Outreach has been particularly blessed with incredible fruit of new believers in both Vietnam and Cambodia.  We are happy to report that through outreaches in both of these countries this Christmas, 506 new believers have crossed over from death to life, professing faith in Jesus Christ.  6 university students have made the fate changing decision to embrace God’s grace thanks to the efforts of Harmony Outreach in Cambodia. Praise to God on high! Meanwhile, in Vietnam, it is thanks to the work of the Lord through the underground church that 500 people decided to personally know our Lord and Savior during a Christmas outreach in which the truth of the gospel was boldly declared without worry of repercussions or fear of persecution. If the end of 2017 looked like this, then I can hardly imagine what the Lord has in store for the New Year!

Hello Again to Old Friend Linda Huckaba

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by Charles Borchard

December 28 may have marked Linda’s last day at Harmony HQ USA, but don’t for a minute think she’s gone forever. It was through bribes of Marcaroni Grill lunches, and a particularly attractive “retirement” lamp she accepted the role of Vice President of Harmony Outreach. This means she will be enjoying the Arizonan high life, but will continue to work closely with Harmony House in China as our corporate treasurer and writing stories for our future newsletters. She may have ridden off to an Arizona sunset with her Prince Charming, Harlan, but that only means she will be waist deep, instead of neck deep, involved with her second great love, which is the work at Harmony Outreach!

Please pray for Christopher!

At this moment Christopher—adopted from Harmony House in 2009—is undergoing major and dangerous spine surgery, complicated by a split spinal cord for which the surgeon had to order in special equipment.

Please pray with us that the God who created his body will cause this 8-hour surgery to become a blessing to Christopher, making corrections that will benefit him for the rest of his life. Pray also for his family as they stand vigil and intercede for him there in Nebraska.

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Harmony's Sodo House in Ethiopia Closing - Mission Accomplished!

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I don’t know whether to be joyful or sad and honestly feel both.  On November 28th, 2017 we received an email from our team in Ethiopia advising us that the Ethiopian government had a prison amnesty event, related to Ethiopian New Year, where many inmates were released early.  This was quite unexpected and resulted in all of our Sodo House kids being reunited with their, formerly incarcerated, families.  Reunification was always our goal so this is good news.  But emotionally I can’t help but feel a sense of loss that these sweethearts are out of our care.  If you think of it, pray for them from time to time.  We never had any illusions that we would take care of them forever.  Our goal was to love and sow Jesus into them for the season of time that they were given to us, thereafter entrusting them to their heavenly Father.  As Paul said,

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil 1:6)

Thanks to all of you who helped us step into their lives during a time of real vulnerability – and used that time to love and sow Jesus into them!

Little Cass is Home

September 18, 2017, is the day little Cass met her family for the first time—on her Gotcha Day.  Her name became Jovie, and she joined a family who had previously adopted Max—one of our earliest children—from Harmony House.  Cass was one of the children recalled to Guangdong Province in March, so her journey was from that state orphanage to a wonderful home in Arlington, Texas, where her dad is a pastor.  We thank God for making the huge change from Cass-the-orphan to Jovie-the-daughter!
 

Lily's New Van

God provided!  Harmony House manager Lily is driving her new Jin Bei 9-passenger van paid for by our generous partners.  We thank God for all of you who came to our rescue. 

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Kids celebrating new van in front of Harmony House

God’s methods of provision can be amazing.  ONE MAN raised nearly half the $15,000 need!  How?  He ran the Ironman Race in Lake Placid, NY, asking friends to sponsor him.  He personally matched the amount of those donations and then asked his employer to match the combined funds, thereby providing $7,052.24 toward Lily’s van.  Thank you, Wei! Thank you also Ohlsons and Lennards—and everyone who helped meet this need!

Gotcha Day for Will

Yesterday, September 4, was Will’s special day—the day he became part of a family.  And what a family!  He joins four brothers and three sisters in Houston, TX.  And of course Houston suffered major flooding last week because of Hurricane Harvey.  Will’s family had mobilized an amazing prayer team to request God’s help to get them through all the issues in time to meet their adoption schedule—which included flying out of Houston Thursday night.  After being evacuated from their house for several days, they learned shortly before their flight that, although the water had risen to within a few inches of their door, it stopped there and had begun to subside before entering their house.  In addition, they were re-routed out of Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport, so they made their flight and were there for Gotcha Day!  They—and their many prayer partners—are truly grateful to God for the miracles He performed to help them through these challenges. And they thank God for allowing them to adopt Will for whom they had been praying for several months.  And Will—well, you can see the joy on his little face!

Students are Coming to Jesus in Cambodia

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Pictured is Keo Odam, our new brother in Christ who was recently converted from Buddhism to Christianity at our Learn2Work Center in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  Odam had a very tough life as one of several children born into poverty following the devastation brought about by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.  Despite the family often going hungry and Odam frequently having to live apart from his parents, his father always encouraged him to continue his education.  Even during three years of regularly being ill, Odam persevered to finish high school.  Although he desired to go to college, knowing how desperately his family needed his wages, he was prepared to get a job.  Once again his father encouraged him.  Odam says, “I was kind of a cowboy” going to the big city of Phnom Penh from his remote province of Phea Vihea. He wanted to take extra classes to improve his English and computer skills, but those cost even more money—and he was barely eating.
 
Someone told Odam about our Learn2Work Center where the very classes he needed were offered FREE!  “I was so happy at that time!” Odam said.  At one of the free, weekly social events L2W calls Coffee Table Club, teacher Pheakdey (our Country Director) talked about a Savior, Jesus Christ, whose name Odam had never heard before.  He was also invited to church where he learned more about Jesus and gave his life to Him!  He says that as he is learning to pray and trust God, the hard situations in his life are getting resolved.  His current prayer is for an opportunity to go back to his hometown to share his newfound faith with his friends and family.
 
Please pray for Odam—and for so many others like him—to come to the Jesus whose name so many have never heard.

Calvary Chapel Team at Learn2Work Center

Four university students from California, Texas and Canada just completed several weeks in Phnom Penh working at Harmony’s L2W Center reaching Cambodian university students.  The reports we are receiving are very encouraging. The Cambodians have really bonded with them, and this friendship has opened the door for them to practice their English by studying the Gospel of Luke.

These Buddhist students have been introduced to the Word while studying at our L2W Center.  Through the friendships and further teaching of the Calvary Chapel students, many have been asking questions, growing deeper in their understanding and getting a glimpse into Christian community. Several have given their hearts to Jesus, are attending church in Phnom Penh, and are already actively sharing their faith with others.

Currently John is in Hanoi—together with Harmony board member Doug MacRae and his wife Sue—for two weeks of training with our Vietnamese partners.  Our work is expanding all over the world—from Cambodia to Ethiopia to Vietnam.  Praise the Lord!

 

God Provides for Muslim Outreach in Ethiopia

I will confess I was getting worried.  We wrote our Jun-Jul newsletter highlighting our plan and financial needs to evangelize Muslims in Ethiopia and then…nothing.  Weeks went by, and I was beginning to despair when a check came in from Abilene, TX, from someone who has never donated to Harmony before—funding the training of ALL 20 Muslim-background evangelists, building three churches, and making a deposit toward his SUV need!  Just-In-Time Jesus came through again, and there was rejoicing in California and Addis Ababa! 

You Rescued NINE Girls, Team Harmony!

In our March newsletter we did a big push for rescuing young girls from sex-exploitation in Cambodia.  The response was amazing and resulted in these nine sweethearts being rescued!

Their stories are unspeakable and not suitable for printing in our newsletter.  But we choose to focus on the good—that God did a Romans 8:28 intervention to cause what was intended for evil in their lives to be turned for good.  These girls are now safe at Esther’s House, being loved, attending church and learning about Jesus for the first time in their lives.

Praise the Lord!  

Lily Needs Your Help

Careful with her funds—and always aware that Harmony headquarters operates on a thrifty budget—Lily has been reluctant to ask for funds for a vehicle.  She just emailed, however, that her 2006 Jinbei  minivan can no longer pass the emissions standards required to drive in Beijing.  She also told us that by November she won’t even be allowed to drive it in Langfang where Harmony House is located!

You can understand the dire position this puts Lily in as she can no longer pick up people and luggage at the airport, take multiple children/nannies to the doctor at the same time or transport walkers or wheelchairs the children may need. That’s not to mention just trying to purchase groceries/supplies for Harmony House or take the children on outings!

Because a lot of you know and appreciate Lily, and because of your understanding of the importance of her having a minivan, we felt it right and appropriate to share her need with you.  We believe whatever help you may be able to give—combined with others’ help—will supply her need.  (2 Cor 8:14,15)

We anticipate her need to be about U.S. $15,000.  Attached is a picture of a possible replacement van.  When funds have been received, she will choose a replacement van and we will post the picture of the actual van.

You may give toward this need by using the DONATE button on our website, by calling our office to donate by credit card, or mail your gift.

Lily will be amazed and most grateful—as will we!