Harvester Missions started with prayer and giving, when we were still without a building or people to go yet.
Initial missions was a monthly giving to a missionary evangelist and a bible school in Singapore. The church was still small and there was no missions trip planned.
In February 1986, Harvester launched into our first missions work. The first mission church was started in Del Gado, Philippines under the leadership of our Senior Pastor, Rev Bernard Foo.
Rev James Singh and his wife were the first missionary couple sent out from Harvester to pioneer our first missions work in the Philippines.
Our first outreach church in the Philippines was started at Janiuay. This was the beginning of many more outreach works and churches to be started in the Philippines.
Rev Bernard Foo took his young family to the Philippines and stayed there for six months, after Rev James Singh and his wife returned to Singapore, to follow up with the works in Philippines.
The programme “My Mission Field” was started in the Philippines for evangelism outreach and church planting. New towns were targetted each year for street evangelism, prayer walks, bible studies and follow up strategy. This was how we started our churches in Mina, Lambunao and many other towns.
We embarked on our next missionary journey to Malaysia where our first Chinese church was planted in Jementah with the help of the Assemblies of God in Malaysia.
Our first church in Indonesia was started in Yogjakarta, Central Java. Another Indonesian church was planted in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, at a much later time.
We also started churches in Yangon and Mandalay, Myanmar in the same year. The church was handed to the state in 1997 as they were able to self-support.
Our Segamat church in Malaysia was started. Later, a drug rehabilitation centre was also started.
Missions work in Bangladesh started as a result of a foreign worker who received Christ in one of our services in Singapore. He went back to his hometown, shared the gospel and 33 of his people also received Christ.
We made our first mission trip to China to strengthen the churches there.
Missions work in North India started after ten years of conceiving a burden and vision for the nation. A bible training school and a computer school were started as a means of training and outreach.
Rajasthan Harvest Ministries was registered.
We made 3 trips during the year to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, blessing the community through humanitarian works.
We started going into Guangzhou, China through networking with the schools.
God continued to open doors for us. We organised a humanitarian trip to Vietiane, Laos.
We started our missions work in reaching the tribal groups in Orissa, India and strengthening the pastors there.
We planted our church in Papua, Indonesia.
We planted our church in Ampaning, Indonesia.
Our churches in Philippines continued its outreach efforts. Mission trips were planned to support these churches in their efforts to plant outreach churches in other parts of Philippines.
We made 2 trips during the year to Hoa An and An Hiep, Vietnam, blessing the community through humanitarian works.
We started our mission works in Yangon, Myammar.
We encourage all Harvesterites to participate in short-term missions and experience what missions is all about.
These are our upcoming Mission Trips and Programme in 2018: 12 to 18 November – Adults Mission Trip 2
19 to 24 November – Guangzhou Mission Trip 2
Should you be interested, do approach your cell leaders for more information.
Below are some of the testimonies from the Mission Trips:
Poh Hong Liang
“I realised the importance of reaching people in countries where the Gospel has never reached before… I can make a difference to lives when I choose to give myself fully to God and allow Him to use me in missions.” Read more
“We need to leave our comfort zones to experience God’s heartbeat for the lost. Once we have experienced it, there is no other feeling like it.” Read more
Yeo Cinyi “I was reminded to review my priorities – to live with eternity in mind and to have a sense of urgency for the lost.” Read more
“I felt inadequate but God reminded me that it was Him who was working through me. His love and compassion flowed through me.” Read more
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