By: Gina Sheets
It has been awhile since you, our partners, our champions, our prayer warriors, have heard from Travis and Gina Sheets in the newsletter. Exciting work continues with Hope in the Harvest Missions International and now there is even more exciting news to share and the Sheets want to share this news with you.
As you know when Travis and I were living in Liberia (from 2012 to 2017) as part of the team extending Farming God’s Way remotely and building the Agriculture Research Center (ARC), demonstration farm, and School of Agriculture at the Liberia International Christian College we did so as volunteers. We knew that undertaking these projects would require a lot of money so we felt we could not ask to raise support for ourselves. In part ,that is why when our five years of commitment was up we needed to return back to the USA, because our savings had gotten very small, we still had a mortgage on our farm, utilities, insurance, and other expenses we paid during our time in Liberia. We had to build up our savings again.
When Nathan and Anna Glenn and Bill and Holly Sebald agreed to go and serve in Liberia at the ARC, Hope in the Harvest Missions International sent them and paid for most of their expenses in Liberia and airline tickets. The funds that have been donated to the Glenns or to the Sebalds stayed in their own designated accounts and were allotted to them as their "salary" so they could still take care of the other things they still needed to do: such as make mortgage payments, buy health insurance (which is quite hefty for international coverage), save for retirement, pay for all their own expenses during the 2-3 months each year in the states, professional development, and some personal expenses in Liberia, etc.
As Hope in the Harvest Missions International continues to gain recognition and interest we are excited to share that we growing and developing new partnerships. We have hosted and have interest from interns from around the USA. We now see a time when we will have even more missionaries in Liberia, short term and long term (longer than one year) from around the world. We have more requests for Farming God’s Way training and we need to be able to follow up on every training we do. We have been asked to do some exploratory visits in other countries to see about agriculture development, more on that later. But ultimately we see the desire and need for us to continue to grow.
Because of this type of expansion the mission has come to realize that we cannot continue to pay for many of the in country expenses and air travel for all the mission families, plus continue the agriculture development and Gospel outreach around the world. After over one year of searching, discerning and discussing, the mission and current missionaries have found a platform organization (Global Outreach) that will take over the administrative work (fundraising, professional development, networking, emotional/spiritual care, newsletters) of mission families, reducing the administrative and financial burden on the mission and equipping the missionaries with a wider network of resources. This platform will provide a fundraising platform for the missionaries, but Hope in the Harvest Missions International will continue to offer a donation link on its website, with funds going as designated. We, Hope In The Harvest Missions International, will pay $200.00 a month per mission family to Global Outreach in order to cover the cost of the handling of administrative duties to the platform organization, but the missionaries are still technically being sent by Hope in the Harvest Missions International. The mission will still continue to provide the missionaries with some expense allowance (though much smaller than before) for in country needs and then the missionaries will use their funds raised to support their USA needs and the rest of their Liberia needs. This allows the mission to able to concentrate more on the development needs of in country staff, projects, and programs. This change is beginning to take place and will be launched in June of 2020. We are excited to be growing this way.
We talked about being going to more countries. In October Travis will go to the Philippines. Travis has been asked by World Mission Builders, yes many of you will recognize that name because Travis first served on the international mission field with World Mission Builders, and the mission board approved, for Travis to go and look at the opportunities to work with Pastors and their congregation extending Farming God’s Way to them.
What does this mean to you as a partner and champion of Hope in the Harvest Missions International? It means your continued support will allow more programs and projects to continue to grow in Liberia and potentially around the world. It means you will help people who are being called by God to go and serve and have the opportunity to serve with Hope in the Harvest Missions International. It means you are continuing the efforts of answering the call to go and make disciples.
You may make your donations on line at www.hopeintheharvest.org or may your check to Hope in Harvest, 352 West Clinton Street, Frankfort IN 46041.
Thank you for your partnership. Liberia continues to flourish and experience new development opportunities and now other countries may have that same opportunity, we are very grateful to serve alongside you as Kingdom builders.