We pray the following report, and the work it represents, honors the memory of Dick Blair, Harvest Board Member, called to his eternal home on June 26, 2017. Dick’s insights and wisdom led to important decisions for the expansion of our ministry. We pray with thanksgiving for his life and family.

“As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.”

Luke 6.47-48

The “Samaritan Strategy” program is a landmark for the Harvest global team, which consists of 26 field workers in 17 countries. Last semester, members of the team integrated a network of 225 trainers into the program. These trainers helped 381 churches learn about demonstrating God’s intentions in every area of life.

As Harvest began working with these churches, church leaders showed understanding of biblical mandates (i.e. we need to forgive, we need to be kind, etc.). In other words, they understood what to do—what the goal is, what the end result is supposed to be. However, the most frequently asked question was, “How do we apply these teachings, so that people can actually experience growth?”

The Samaritan Strategy program has helped them bridge the gap between “what to do” and “how to do it.” The process has proved to be effective, building up the Body of Christ across the globe, and, with the goal of “establishing Samaritan Strategy teams in new areas,” it is currently being demonstrated by seventy Samaritan Strategy projects coordinated by Harvest.

The program uses step-by-step exercises called “disciplines of love” and “seed projects,” walking people through a discipleship process in which they learn how to grow like Jesus and how to demonstrate God’s purposes in every area of life. The program has four phases, which are all completed within one community:

  • Network
  • Training
  • Coaching
  • Commissioning

Samaritan Strategy projects are the work of teams of trainers. Below are the names of the Harvest staff and associates who coordinated the work of entire teams for projects done in the last semester:

Democratic Republic of Congo: Buingo Mateene
Ethiopia: Demelash Lemma, Alem Bezazew, Bezalem Fisshea, Byniam Getaneh
Ghana: Chris Ampadu
Rwanda: Jacob Ndabaramiye, Simon Nziramakenga, Christophe Holimbere

Americas and Caribbean
Brazil: Cleiton Oliveira, Steve & Nilza Kawamura, Cefas & Rosali de Oliveira, Diógenes & Maria Gabriela Nascimento de Jesus, Jonathan Aoyama, Noboru Ayoama, Sérgio Kaoru Ayoama, Givonete Aquino, Ivonete Alves do Nascimento, Antonio Celso Alves Pinto, Diogo & Leidy Alves Pinto, Paulo & Bene Batista Martins, Pedro Batista, José Luiz Correia, Herivelton Ferreira de Oliveira, Juarez & Rosa Nascimento de Jesus, Humberto & Eva Santana dos Santos, Paulo Cesar & Marise Schlichting, Leo Wilkerson & Rebeca de Queirós Batista
Dominican Republic: Ricci Paulino
Haiti: Guerino Saint-Simon
Honduras: Ramiro Carbajal
Peru: Atilio Quintanilla, Oscar Ugarte, Serapio Ruiz Lavado, Fabiola Zegarra
United States of America: Linda Morris
Venezuela: Xiomara Suarez

Armenia: Artur and Kristina Avanesyan
India: Prakash Nemade, Sanjay Thul, Vijay Rajulwala, Timothy Das
Nepal: Madan Shah
There are other Harvest trainers not listed because their local report was not received during the period of this global report.

In the following “Ministry Activities” section, some of the Harvest workers from the different countries listed above wrote testimonies, which give some indication of what has been happening in the field. The ministry activities are divided up into the four phases of Samaritan Strategy, and, hopefully, you will be able to see the effectiveness of these projects in helping people learn the meaning of Jesus’ words about building a house on a strong foundation.

December 10, 2016 – June 10, 2017
Phase 1: Contacts with church leaders and vision casting.
547 global events; 4,763 participants.Peru
“I visited the Pacific Radio twice to schedule the announcements inviting pastors and leaders to the trainings. I prepared the announcement that will be broadcast in 28 seconds, 25 times in a month, and I had an interview on the radio to explain what this training is about. I made phone calls to personally invite people, and held a breakfast workshop to pray and address the theme of ‘God’s Glory.’All this was part of the network phase to promote the training.”Creative Access Region
“We networked with the mission school of our church, which concentrates on training and equipping missionaries that will be sent to creative access countries.”Butare, Rwanda
“A friend connected us with college students, and the training was done so that they would have a taste of our materials. Fifteen college students were selected.  Later, they visited sick people at the college hospital and gave clothes and school materials for a student whose belongings were burned in an electrical fire. Network went on, and I had the opportunity to address more than 1,000 students in an event on campus. At least 250 attended further trainings and did seed projects: they provided food and clothing for a single mom, and medical treatment for a sick widow.”
Butare, Rwanda
Phase 2: Training sessions, sermons, and classes where Harvest lessons were taught.
407 global events; 8,758 participantsBangkok, Thailand
“The first training among ethnic groups has been a blessing. The Urdu and the Tamil churches, mostly of Sri Lankans, and a multi-ethnic church hosted trainings for 46 people. The second training was conducted for church leaders and educators from five Southeast Asian countries and was exciting.Creative Access Region
“Sixty-three leaders attended the vision conference in two different places, in the church setting and underground church for safety of endogenous people. They were church leaders and missionaries reaching out natives. I thank God for the power of the gospel that has already attracted them; they are open and willing to hear.  We need wisdom for churches to live the gospel in wholistic ways and demonstrate God’s intentions for His creation. Praise God for raising up witnesses for His name’s sake in every nation. So, let us lift this nation before God in our prayer.”Phoenix, USA
“The Samaritan Strategy study group at First Pentecostal Church has just finished session #4 of the core lessons, ‘The Wheel of Wisdom.’ Although we have completed only four lessons, the feedback about the study and outcomes has been extremely positive. The participants speak of how they now look at the world and how they live and serve in it through different lenses–seeking to see people through the eyes of Jesus and seeking to meet the needs of others on a daily basis, no matter where they find themselves at any given time. One of the participants stated that he now serves the troubled youth where he works with greater compassion and understanding and that the curriculum has completely changed his worldview affecting his decision-making and daily interactions in every arena. Another person stopped to have a meal with a homeless person and engage her to learn more about her life, going the extra mile (like the good Samaritan) to ensure the homeless woman would have a meal beyond their one encounter. Another participant shared that she really took time to get to know a homeless person and share a meal with him after the ‘Irreducible Minimum’ discussion. She was so excited at taking this new step in her Christian walk that she called me before time for the next session asking if she had done enough. Reassured, she said she is now determined to see people’s value and their needs more clearly and to be more intentional in her interaction with others.”
Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand
Phoenix, Arizona
Phase 3: Training trainers and coaching leaders to develop a lifestyle of service.
505 global events; 1,605 participants.Venezuela, Caricuao
“We decided it was time to have a training of trainers (TOT) with these leaders. We reviewed the first two lessons and helped them understand the teaching techniques and methodology. After that, we organized them in groups to teach the lessons. They had a week to prepare, and then each group made its presentation. It was a great experience to see them doing such a good work, using dramas, stories, questions, and group participation! After each presentation, they commented on the good things and what could be improved.  It was amazing to see the good response of the group, and they were so excited that they invited family members and other believers to attend their classes. They prepared the refreshments for these meetings and we had an audience of twelve extra people!”Orissa, India
“I travelled to Cuttack, Orissa, and met the Samaritan Strategy team. Two days were allotted for meeting, clearing doubts, and making a final list of participants who would be divided into five groups. The team members were punctual, excited to share how God was working and the things they had learned. Now it was their turn to train others and I encouraged them, helping them understand the meaning of mentoring and multiplication.  They had started to teach in their own churches, and were excited to do it in different churches. Seminars were planned with each member taking one topic. Most of them loved ‘Kingdom Math’ because of the envelope methodology and the story of Elijah and the widow, and some asked for ‘Irreducible Minimum.’ Knowing that the topics complemented each other, they were required to go through all of them. Some were so serious about their topics that they planned their own method and translated the materials in their local languages with Power-Point presentations. Seeing their willingness to do the work made it clear that they had caught the vision. Nothing could hinder them from being useful and effective vessels for their own community and to the community at large.”
Venezuela, Caricuao
Orissa, India
Phase 4: New trainers enabled to multiply Harvest lessons and applications.
27 global events; 312 participants.N’Sele Bambou, Democratic Republic of Congo, a testimony
“I am very pleased to see ourselves gathered in the same place and following the same teachings, because for several decades we are in this village but each pastor or church evolves in a closed vase and we pastors did not meet in the past. But thanks to the vision of Samaritan Strategy we decided to start collaborating and working together because we all have a common enemy, the devil.”Colonia Izaguirre and La Barranquilla, Honduras
“We commissioned leaders and the training was great blessing. We were able to pray for their churches and build a dynamic team. In La Barranquilla the church baptized new believers.”Chimbote, Peru
“After eight months of training, we came to the time of commissioning the eight participants who completed the program. This phase was postponed for a month due to floods in northern Peru, which killed 102 people, and left almost 700 thousand in poverty. Pastors who participated in program faced an unforeseen situation where they could demonstrate God’s love in unprecedented ways. Several seed projects were done: they shared refreshments with the police, distributed home-made ice-cream to city employees who cleaned the streets and with cab drivers (who worked hard but made about $20/day), they prayed, and donated water, clothes, hygiene items and medicines for victims of the flood. The closing conference was about ‘The Role of the Church in Society,’ when we gave them certificates.  Remarkable was the unity between pastors of different churches, the love and friendship that flowed among them and the desire to continue working together, seeking to bring the teachings to other areas, showing the effectiveness of the Samaritan Strategy program. Finally, I must give all the glory to God for this experience in which I have also learned, grown and loved more. Thanks for the HARVEST FOUNDATION team from their local, regional and global ranks.  I am available for a new project.”Mumbai, India
“We thank God for helping us do the Samaritan Strategy trainings in South-West Mumbai, Panvel. The pastors and leaders who were equipped through the wholistic ministry training accepted the challenge to complete the project. They invited their own members from the Hindustani Covenant, Assembly of God, and Providence Evangelical Bible Seminary and there were about 49 participants. The subjects were taught with great enthusiasm. The participants were motivated as they heard and received the challenge to serve Christ with the church as Jesus served. There was offering collected to pay for the food expenses. This was part of their participation, encouraged to be a self-sustained group. I stayed in a pastor’s home. The facilitators were encouraged to equip the churches at west Mumbai, for which they have made the commitment and asked us to pray. We praise God for the strength and guidance in the Samaritan Strategy ministry. We thank God for the help and support raised for us to serve and equip His people in this part of the world. Thank you very much for praying for us.”
Democratic Republic of Congo
Chimbote, Peru
Mumbai, India
Short, small, and simple activities done by believers to demonstrate God’s love to those outside the church, using local resources.
1,035 global projects; 7,061 participantsSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic
“Thirty children, six adolescents, and four adults received shoes, and through the wisdom of the Scriptures, they saw God’s purposes for their life: well-being in the physical, spiritual, and social areas.  When they received their shoes, they were at the same time overjoyed and surprised.”Bujumbura, Burundi
“They realized that erosion is quickly damaging the land and the greenness of the Sororezo zone, Mukaza Commune of Bujumbura, is disappearing. They decided to plant 18 million trees, including fruit trees. Church members bought goats and rabbits, so poor people could start income generating projects, they planted grass and lemon trees inspired by God’s love and mobilized the neighbors to fight against erosion. They planted a model garden with vegetables, and taught their community to save money from the produce  of a very small land. Today many neighbors are saving. The church has become a window of hope in the village.”Nepal, Dadahyldura
“Twenty-eight disciplines of love and seed projects were done, among them: road clean-up and maintenance, prayer, food, and clothing for orphans, distribution of first aid boxes, picnic with a community leader, tuition for poor children, planted trees, outreach to share the gospel, prayer meetings for village dwellers, health awareness seminar, and visits to sick people.”Liberia, Monrovia, participant’s testimony
“A wholistic Whatsapp group was created, so that we are able to communicate, share fellowship, stories, ideas, monitor and document accomplishments. They did a seed project with a group of people struggling with drug addiction and living in a ghetto.They interacted, broke bread, had fellowship, and donated food, clothes, and soap.As a means to keep the wholistic transformational spirit burning, participants decided to meet, pray, share stories and fellowship. Someone said that since he became a Christian he had a belief that Christians and Muslims were two kinds of people and nothing could be done about it, and he had not really been relating to them as neighbors. But, after the training, he came to fully understand that in spite of the religious difference, they were his friends and he should relate to them as neighbors.  Another person said that he fully understood the role of the church in a community and society at large. After the conference, he was able to gather youth from three churches in his community to do a weekly clean-up campaign. As for me, your teaching has impacted my life in so many directions but most importantly on the aspect of giving or extending assistance to people in need. More often I think that I don’t have much and the little I have can’t solve someone’s problem, but now I know that even words can resolve a person’s problem and moreover, what impresses me more is that people even appreciate me for some of those things I took to be very little in the past.”TOTAL: 2,521 events with 22,499 participants!

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bujumbura, Burundi
Nepal, Dadahyldura
Liberia, Monrovia
Bahia, Paraná, Santa Catarina, and São Paulo – Brazil
“In four states of Brazil, the Samaritan Strategy Program has brought wonderful results.  Some examples are small churches making a positive impact in their communities, overcoming problems of violence, syncretism, consumerism, and drug addiction. As a mission organization, it has been gratifying to build local teams, experiencing God’s help to overcome difficulties and enjoy fruitful work, in spite of sickness, problems with transportation, communication (no electricity, no phone, no internet), and prolonged insect attacks. None of these problems was greater than the grace and mercy of our God, who took care of us and helped us complete each task with results above and beyond what we could ask or imagine.”
Brazil Networking
Brazil Seed Project
Brazil Commissioning 
Learning how to apply biblical teachings through the Samaritan Strategy program has made a positive impact in many communities around the world, where churches leveraged changes even in the midst of difficulties and natural disasters. The investment made in this program has returned eternal results for God’s Kingdom, blessing the global church and many communities. The “know how” of applying Bible teachings through acts of service continues to expand God’s Kingdom on earth. We invite you to contact us, come along, and experience in real life, the meaning of building a strong foundation.