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The Camp Meeting Experience: We Need This!

Posted on| August 1, 2017 | Comments Off on The Camp Meeting Experience: We Need This!

By Hubert Harriman

As part of the Central Washington Holiness Association, Entiat Valley Family Camp in Washington state, like so many others across the country, has been a place of renewal for many lives over the years. Nestled in Entiat Valley on the more arid, eastern side of the Cascade Mountains, this camp not only has the beauty of location but also has been faithful to hold up the beauty of holiness for over 90 years. An “old timer” remembered when my own grandfather, Hubert Mardock, for whom I was named, was the evangelist there many years ago. And what is remembered most is how God has met with them over those years.

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The Kubas with Hubert Harriman

God graciously met with us again at this camp meeting (July 8–14). Children were ministered to by an excellent children’s worker, youth were challenged by committed youth leaders, hearts were moved by Brandon and Izumi Kuba’s (missionaries to Japan with WGM) presentations, and God’s word was readily received in Bible studies and preaching services. It had all the ingredients of a vital camp meeting experience, and I was struck with how important each of these are to Christian experience:

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Memories made: renewing

1. Memories
One cannot have a camp meeting time together without creating precious memories revolving around camp friends, camp fellowship, camp food, and camp fun—all loaded into one week of great activities. We need this!

 

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Memories made: fellowship time

2. Messages
Camps like this are very purpose driven. They want an evangelist who will preach the Word of God to them and bear down on essential truths that make an eternal difference. We need this!

 

 

Entiat Camp Tabernacle

Entiat Camp Tabernacle

3. Markers
Camp meetings are places where people can find an altar that will mark them for the rest of their lives, becoming that marker that they will always go back to and say “God met me there!” We need this!

I Stand at the Door and Knock (Kenya)

Posted on| June 30, 2017 | Comments Off on I Stand at the Door and Knock (Kenya)

By Jerry Coleman

“I stand at the door and knock!” I asked my Kenyan hosts to haul an actual door and door frame into the middle of the street of a Nairobi slum – or Nairobi “estates” – as my hosts refer to the area of the city where we were conducting an evangelistic crusade. As I preached, I knocked on that door, illustrating how Jesus knocks on the doors of our hearts. Our prayer was to reach the hearts of these several hundred listening Kenyans who live in cramped and primitive spaces, who daily hope for food and water.

Jerry preaching in Africa

“But at the same time, sin and the Devil are crouching at your door!” (Genesis 4:7). I saw looks of understanding on their faces. Just walking through the slum, I could sense the influence of evil and the Devil’s work. One quarter of the “estates” had just recently been burned down by a flame dropped from a lady who was drunk. Thousands were displaced. I saw many children with their mothers but few fathers. Some beat away neighbors if they tried to get water from a storage tank on the other side of the “estates” when their water ran out. “Tell the Devil to get out in the name of Jesus! Out!” I encouraged all to shout with a kick of the foot.

Even though my hosts suggested I ask them to simply lift a hand to request prayer, I invited them to join me for prayer around the open door. “Yes, Jesus, come in!” I encouraged them to pray. Dozens gathered in a tight circle around that old door we dragged into the dirt street. I saw some smiles for the first time after an “Amen” and another rousing song.

Door illustration in Kenya

Thank you, Jesus, for knocking on the doors of our hearts and meeting us right where we are!

After this week of ministry in the “estates” and seeing over 100 make decisions for Jesus, John Adams and I provided training to 273 evangelists with the Africa Gospel Church in four different locations.

Guatemala Report (June 22-25, 2017)

Posted on| June 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Guatemala Report (June 22-25, 2017)

Guatemala City provided wonderful opportunities for sharing the good news.

The first meeting was at a church started by policemen for policemen. The Word went out not only in that church but also at a police station. What a joy to see ten men seek Christ!

Policemen

Two prisons also gave us unbelievable opportunities to proclaim the gospel of hope to hundred of inmates. One prison with 6,000 inmates has a vibrant church of 1,000. The joy of the Lord through their singing, with hands upraised for over an hour, set the stage for the Word. They were focused and listen intently to the message. Praise God for the 102 who sought him and were reconciled!

Prison inmates

At the youth rally, young people were challenged to make a total commitment to God and to live lives of sexual purity. What a blessing to see youth step forward for that purpose!

I am grateful to Jose, the trumpeter, who accompanied me and who beautifully fit in with the people. His music was well received. He remarked that his life will never be the same after being in Guatemala City.

Cesar, our coordinator and prison pastor, did an outstanding job in organizing the events. He has a real heart for God and prison inmates. He has hopes of opening a rehabilitation center for inmates who have been released.

Guatemala ministry team

Karol and I are grateful to each of you who believe whole-heartedly in this life-changing Word. Thank you for your gifts and prayers.

In His service,
Dave and Karol

David Harriman Ministries
PO Box 1063
Mandan, ND 58554
(701) 390-6674

Bolivia – April 2017

Posted on| May 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Bolivia – April 2017

Dear Friends and Family,

God richest blessings to each of you!

Bolivia is located in the heart of South America. And in that “heart” is the city of Santa Cruz (3 million people), where we spoke in the prisons (5,000 inmates), a rehabilitation center, and at an outdoor evangelistic music festival. What a joy to see 106 individuals seek Christ!

Also, a youth rally was held where crucial decisions were emphasized, along with commitment to sexual purity. Over 100 young people made a bold commitment to practice abstinence!

One of the highlights of this trip was speaking at a hotel church, where business people and their families gather. Many came forward for prayer.

My deepest thanks to John Schmid, a professional country gospel guitarist and singer, who accompanied me and impacted lives. Also, my heartfelt appreciation to the pastors and the teams who did a super job in organizing these events.

And how can we thank you enough for your prayers and support which makes this ministry possible? “Dios es bueno” (God is good).

Music Festival 1
Inmates
John Schmid
Music Festival 2
Youth Rally
Brothers and Mayoli - prison coordinator

In His service,

Dave and Karol
David Harriman Ministries
PO Box 1063
Mandan, ND 58554
(701) 390-6674

P.S.
What a delight to see two of my brothers who also are very much involved in ministry.

Dennis Kinlaw Stories

Posted on| April 12, 2017 | 23 Responses

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It seems that almost everyone who knew Dennis Kinlaw or sat under his ministry has a story to tell! Whether it was the words he shared, the look in his eyes, the hilarity of his laugh, or the wag of his finger, many of us want to share how his life impacted ours. We need to share these stories! This blog post is dedicated to that purpose. Let’s share our stories with each other. To tell your story, please enter a comment here. We look forward to reading them all!

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