#GivingTuesday and Gratitude

Over the past two years, Nathan Glenn and I have been blessed to have so many generous donors that have allowed us to be here in Liberia, working with some of my favorite people in the world- both students and farmers!! I love that this organization, Hope in the Harvest, allows us to work WITH people towards holistic and sustainable solutions toward development and eradication of poverty. To feed someone physically without offering them the Bread of Life is to leave them empty and hungry still…and to feed someone spiritually without offering them bread for their stomach is to ignore reality and the deep compassion and heart of our God who sees and cares for the needs of His people.

Every day I find more and more unique and beautifully woven connections between my faith and agriculture, the act of stewarding the land that He so graciously gave us in order to provide our daily bread. Every day I am thankful for all that He is teaching me about His goodness, faithfulness, creativity, and divine love through these experiences and every day I am thankful to be able to be a part of this work as God reveals to us all the many forgotten connections between the soil and the soul. Liberia has experienced great hardship and agricultural development alone will never be enough to heal some of the deep wounds that the country and the people have endured throughout their history. Agricultural transformation alongside of spiritual transformation are needed side-by-side in order to allow and foster true growth and lasting change. It’s messy, it’s long, and it’s complicated and at times it is incredibly heart-wrenching, but it is oh so miraculously humbling and rewarding to see God at work here, restoring what was once considered a barren and desolate land.

Today is #GivingTuesday, an intentional day of charitable giving around the globe, and so we are asking you to join us and be a part of the work that God is doing here in Liberia. Your support is essential and it is what allows us to be here, long-term, building relationships and investing in our community and community members. True and lasting change does not come through the one-time giving of food or one-time giving of seeds and not even through the one-time learning a new technique or concept; it comes through repeated learning opportunities, real hands-on experiences in the field, and trial and error.  By remaining here and living and working with our students and local farmers on a regular basis, the situation is allowing for continued learning to take place and also for us to build relationships. Through these relationships we have repeated opportunities to share the Word of God and experience and pursue Christ together as we learn more and more each day about His character and His purpose for our lives and for Creation.

Right now, we are still only about 85% of the way funded for this upcoming year.  If you want to be a part of this ministry that seeks to cultivate Christ’s hope around the world through both agricultural and personal transformation, would you prayerfully consider joining our sponsorship team in one of two ways?

  • Would you consider becoming a monthly partner with us at $25, $50, $100 or any other amount per month? We find that this type of partnership is easy for those who don’t want to commit a large amount all at once but can commit to smaller amounts each month.  Additionally, these recurring donations are helpful for us because it helps us to better plan out our monthly budgets. Once it’s set up (which takes about 5 minutes, instructions here), you don’t have to worry about it for the next year. To set up a recurring donation toward our account, just click here.
  • Alternatively, would you consider making a one-time donation? These donations can be done via checks or online (instructions here). These donations are great for people who can commit to a certain sum one time, but cannot commit monthly. These are also helpful for us because collectively they help us with covering large one-time expenses. To make a one-time donation toward our account, just go click here.

Thank you for your consideration and most importantly for your prayers….for us, for our students, for our colleagues, for our farmer friends, and for Liberia as a nation. We are confident that God hears the cries of those who call on His name and we are confident that He is and will continue to respond in ways that bring glory to His Name.

1 John 5:15 ~ And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.