January 12, 2017
Dear Harvest Supporters,
Praise the Lord, 2016 is over and 2017 has started. Last year had several challenges for us. We had to deal with some moments that were sad and that caused some pain. One of those things was the “Homegoing” of my mom, who passed on October 31, 2016. Her departure was very peaceful but sad. Nevertheless, GOD gave us the strength we needed to celebrate her life.
In September, the Westbrook family felt a call to leave the mission field of St. Croix to serve as Caregivers for Cheri’s mom in Denver, Colorado. As you can imagine, going from St. Croix to Denver was a big change for the family.
However, GOD allowed Cheri and the family to spend three months with her mom before she went home. I am sorry to report that Cheri’s mom went home to be with the Lord this month.
In October, there was Hurricane Matthew that devastated most of South Haiti. Over 1,000 people lost their lives and the damage was extensive. There was great damage to Camp Mahanaim and the loss of vital equipment needed to keep the camp going. In His wisdom, GOD used the Camp as a place of refuge for many village people who were left without a home to be able to receive a meal every day and shelter. There were upwards of 300 people that received lifesaving help daily.
Over the last three months of the year, Harvest has been exceptionally busy providing Hurricane Relief supplies to Haiti. In November, we sent the first container with over 250,000 meals and 358 “Buckets of Love for Haiti”, along with other supplies. In December, we sent another container with 210,000 meals and 350 “Buckets of Love for Haiti”. The relief supplies have gone a long way to help those that were affected by Hurricane Matthew. We are planning to send another container early this year and we are filling buckets to send on it as well as relief rations and supplies.
We are proud to say that each of our missionaries has had triumphs along with their struggles in 2016 and they are continuing the work that God has impressed upon them to accomplish. We know that many of you pray for our missionaries and in order to keep you as updated as possible, we post each newsletter to our website at www.harvestinternational.org. You can also keep updated by following us on social media—Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Finally—I need your help. We are having our annual fundraiser on February 16th. This is where we try to raise the bulk of the funds needed to operate the administrative and support services for all our missionaries and programs. As you can see, 2016 was a very busy year and 2017 looks to be even busier. Please consider supporting and/or attending the banquet and return the enclosed slip with your gift. Thank you for all your support during 2016. I pray that I will continue to see your name come across my desk in 2017.
God bless you,
Danny Thomas, Director
Harvest International, Inc.
 
 
       

Harvest International is a Christian ministry organization acting as facilitator in assisting Christians who are called of God to meet the physical needs of poor people around the world and empowering them as they earn the right to minister to their spiritual needs.

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