Harvest Ministries Church is a non-denominational Christian church that co-operates with many Christian churches and organizations in Finland and abroad.
Harvest Ministries Church was born from a God-given vision to establish a loving, grace-filled and inspiring local church to the South East of Finland - a Home where everyone may experience the presence of the living God, where the Bible is being taught to the people of today in the language of today and where each person may feel important.
In the cell groups that gather in homes in the South East of Finland everyone has a chance of finding their God-given destiny in an encouraging environment, getting equipped and trained, and begin to fulfill the plan God has woven into their hearts.
The church wants to live for others - we work for the benefit of our neighbours and the community.
The church activies are directed to people of all ages.
Minna and Jurie Schoeman met each other at Hillsong church, London in 2006. Minna is a country girl from the West of Finland. Jurie originates from South Africa. After school Jurie served in Youth With A Mission (YWAM) for seven years in Muizenberg, SA, of which most of the time in a leadership team. Minna and Jurie joined Harvest Ministries Church in 2009 after moving to Kouvola to study. God clearly confirmed this church to be their place to serve. In March 2015 Minna and Jurie became the pastors of Harvest Ministries Church (Taavetti) after the Brandaos were called to go and plant a new church in the capital area. Minna's and Jurie’s hearts burn to bring Heaven's reality on earth and to equip people to rise up to their callings. They have four small children.
Roberto and Annamari Brandao moved to Finland to start a local church in 2006 as God had called them to do. The church begun to gather in 2007, and the official opening was celebrated in 2010.
Roberto, who is originally from Brazil, met Annamari at a Bible school in London where they were both trained in the pastoral ministry for 2,5 years.
They also served several years as cell leaders and in the worship ministry, and Roberto had previously also been an elder elsewhere in a local church setting.They knew they had a call for missions and God confirmed clearly that they should plant a church in Luumäki in
the South East of Finland.
In the spring of 2015 the Brandaos moved to Vantaa to plant a church called Harvest Church Finland. The opening celebration was held on 27.9.2015 at the Vaarala chapel. Together with the Schoemans the Brandaos continue in the leadership team of the ministry in the South East of Finland. They have 3 children.
What we believeWe believe that the Bible is God's Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our everyday lives.
We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.
We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.
We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the 'new birth' we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.
We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to be baptised in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to use spiritual gifts, including speaking in tongues.
We believe in the five fold ministries Christ has set in His Church, which are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers and in the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit functioning in our day in the way the New Testament teaches.
We believe in the power and significance of the Church and the necessity of believers to meet regularly together for fellowship, prayer and the 'breaking of bread'.
We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfil our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live.
We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and blessed lives in order to help others more effectively.
We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.
THE APOSTLES' CREED
We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy universal Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.