One of the coolest things about House of the Harvest is being able to hear different people’s stories…and we hear some really good ones. To the left is the Taylor family. I first met Kelly when I did half of my administrative internship at Walnut Grove School. I only spent a week there, but I was blessed with the opportunity to meet some really great people. Kelly was one of them. Continue reading “Meet the Taylors”
Yesterday we had several of our SMS teachers join us at House of the Harvest. We have been blessed in our lives to be able to work at SMS and be surrounded by such a supportive group. Our SMS faculty is as much “family” as any group I have ever worked with, and I am proud to be a part. Huge thank you to Shalunda Sherrod, Rachel Evans, and Jennifer Whitt who are such a big part of House of the Harvest on a regular basis, but also to Huston Carter, Whitney King, Anne Katherine Baugh, Amy DeWeese, Debbie Shumate, Carla Bates, and Chad Kennedy for coming out yesterday! Continue reading “Just in time…”
This week I have been studying Matthew 6. One of the challenges Jesus presents is for us to not worry, but to trust that the Lord will provide. Every time I think about trust, my mind goes to Abram standing before the land with Lot. He had to know which side Lot would choose. He had to know that the beautiful land would be what Lot would want for himself. Abram showed so much trust that God would provide. I am continually impressed by the amazing faith of Abram.
I have been on this journey, trying to develop this kind of faith and trust. Sometimes I am amazed at what God does in the moments that my trust doesn’t waiver. This week God confirmed something about trusting in Him in my mind. I had to share… Continue reading “Learning to Trust”
I stopped by this morning to check the mailbox. We got the water bill. It reads -197.51. How did that happen? I guess I should call and clarify. I hear, “Hello,” on the other end. I reply, “Yes ma’am, I am from House of the Harvest and I just got our bill and it says -197.51?” On the other end, “Yes sir, someone put $200 on the account for y’all.” Continue reading “God’s Family: Living in Community”
Ever since the beginning of time, God has been faithful to protect His people. Remember when Abraham let Lot choose the better land? He knew God would protect him. When Moses stood in front of Pharaoh? God had promised to protect him. Over and over in the Psalms we can read about David and his reliance on God’s protection from his enemies. God was faithful to protect His people over and over again.
But there were times when He wasn’t. Just the other night I read the story of the tower of Babel. The people were seeking to “make a name for themselves.” They were self-promoting, self-serving, and self-reliant. In the end, God didn’t offer His protection. Rather, He caused confusion and dispersed them as He had commanded them.
I feel a great sense of protection over House of the Harvest. Mostly, I think, because I feel God has blessed us with a tremendous responsibility. Wouldn’t I be an unfaithful steward to not guard and protect it with all of my heart? Continue reading “Protected By The Almighty Hand”
We love our Saturday mornings at House of the Harvest. It is such a blessing to have that time to spend with our community. For our “regulars,” we have all become a family. We look forward to being together, sharing each other’s stories, and just catching up. But when it all settles and the chaos ends, we look forward to the rest to. I am grateful for everyone who helps us close up and clean up each week. We close at 11:00 and I am usually on my way home by 11:15. But not today…
We opened the garage door today. It was nice outside. Kim Converse was helping Jennifer with some stuff after we closed up. It was around the time we are usually out the door. About 11:15 a lady and her daughter (a Harvest Elementary student) pulled up in need of food. I walked her around and got them some things. Soon after a couple ladies in another car pulled up. We got them some food. Then another. Sometimes it seems as long as the door is open, people will pull up. Continue reading “Why We “Never Grow Weary””
On Monday a co-worker came to Jennifer and me with a book. It was her favorite story…an autobiography of George Muller that she was dying to share with us. She said that our journey to begin House of the Harvest was a similar story to his. His story really is remarkable. We were both so impacted by many of the stories from his journey to start the orphanages that it was an instant change in our lives. And the timing couldn’t have been better. I was most impacted by Muller’s prayer life. He kept a prayer journal where he wrote down the specific things that he asked from God. He even recorded when he asked for them and when that specific prayer was answered. He had over 50,000 prayers recorded in his journals and 30,000 of those were answered on the same day!
Fast forward to Thursday. Ty and I went over to House of the Harvest to prepare some things for Saturday, pull the tithe, and tidy up a bit. As I was sorting through everything, I was thinking we were so heavy on cans. We had a lot of canned food items but very little of much else. It has kind of been an unusual week, because Fran had so much going on at Manna House and we were having a difficult time coordinating our schedules. Continue reading “Filling the House”
We had quite a few toys donated at Christmas this year. When we had our Christmas dinner we sent almost all of them out. We probably had 50 kids there the night we celebrated Christmas. In fact, there were so many kids that we couldn’t even keep up with all of the gifts that were leaving! God had provided so many gifts…and so many children! What a blessing that night was to so many families.
Jennifer, with help from Jana Bannister, was overseeing the wrapping and distributing of the gifts. In the moment, something told Jennifer to hold a few back. So she did…three boxes of legos in fact. Being as wise as she is, she tucked them away in a safe spot, because if you don’t at HoH, it will disappear. Remember that if you ever come. Continue reading “Merry Christmas”
One year ago we started delivering food in boxes to some of our students in need. Today, right at one year later, House of the Harvest was filled with volunteers providing those needs and more in phenomenal ways to all of our community. We have been so blessed to watch it transform! And just when you need a reminder… Continue reading “He is always watching over us”
Yesterday was a great day at House of the Harvest. We served around 140 families. It’s amazing to see the confirmation in how God meets our every need. We had a lady come through the line yesterday asking for pots. Jeremy Tomes brought her to my attention. We have never had pots. Continue reading “Pots and Pans”