Our Greatest Joy

EmmaThis school year, Jennifer and I have spoken to over 2,000 students of Madison County Schools about House of the Harvest. Our hope is to share just a little bit of what is happening through the hearts of God’s people in our community. Every time we speak to a group of kids, have a group come to work with us, or tell the story of how it began, it plants a seed in those hearts. There is no greater blessing than watching those seeds grow.

Over the course of the last few months we have watched seeds grow and grow, and in such a short time. I would say the greatest blessings we have experienced are watching our children being motivated to serve others and to initiate change in our community. Those stories have to have a voice…and they have to spread like wildfire. A child can inspire adults with their soft hearts in ways that no one else can. That is why I felt compelled to share.

There have been so many stories…like Nathan Johnson, busting open his piggy bank and donating every cent of his fourteen dollars to House of the Harvest. And Emma Faulk who inspired her school, Harvest Elementary, to raise $1,000 for House of the Harvest. Or Jenna Webber, who brought Jennifer a $1 bill in a sandwich baggie. And Reece Hodges, who gave up birthday gifts and had everyone bring boxes of cereal to his party to donate. But Friday of this week, I was so inspired by one of our kids…

Emma Johnson, an SMS student, came to House of the Harvest Friday. She had a family in our community on her heart. It was the oldest daughter’s birthday and Emma was worried about her not having anything. The girl’s father has been out of work for several months, and is currently unable to work. The mother has a full-time job, but doesn’t make near enough to support their four children. Emma came and packed food and some other things for them. She went around picking out stuff for each of the children…cupcakes, toothbrushes, toothpaste. She was so excited to be doing that for those children. And I was so blessed to have that moment to see her joy. When she finished getting everything together, Heather, her mom, took her to Publix to get a cake for the young lady’s birthday.

We are so grateful for Emma’s heart. House of the Harvest is such a blessing just for the simple fact that it’s a place that gives people opportunity. And it’s amazing what people will do when they just have an opportunity. Emma’s choice on Friday made an impact on somebody. She touched someone’s heart. She started a chain reaction. She may not ever even realize it, but she did. John wrote in 3 John 1:4, “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.” I couldn’t agree more. The joy of seeing one of our regular children at House of the Harvest being moved to take this step on her own inspired me this week. And I hope her story inspires you. Thank you, Emma…for being a leader by serving others. You are a blessing to the world!

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