Harvest 2019 Summer Ministry in 19 photos
The summer ministry officially concluded yesterday. Since 1996, we’ve invested summer weeks in leading worship and serving in ministry. This year, there were 16 team members (including my family) who traveled for various weeklong camps and other events. Once again, I praise the Lord for the awesome work and ministry this summer. On a basic level, the Lord provided safety in travel, for which we are grateful. We did have to purchase new tires for the van on one trip due to some issues and we had to borrow a couple different vehicles based on the air conditioning going out in the Harvest van (during the hottest week of the summer!) but that should be resolved this coming week. On a side note, thanks to Dennis D Price for allowing us to borrow his truck for one of the weeks.
As I heard it put one time, the modern church prays for safety, the early church prayed for boldness. So, as grateful as we are for safety, team health and all the basics, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to live out faithful discipleship, community and ministry through Harvest. I’m grateful to be available to be an “assist” as a worship band in drawing students to Jesus. It’s awesome to have the privilege of meeting hour upon hour across the last two months with kids, students and adults to witness to the love, grace and salvation that can only be found in Christ.
Each believer benefits from a spiritual highpoint during the year. Week in and week out local church discipleship is a must, but along with that is the opportunity to pull away from the regular routine to attend a camp, conference or special ministry event. These times allow us to be immersed in God’s spirit and the Word – and helps us hear more clearly, obey with boldness and refocus our attention and desire on things above.
Summer camps provide these opportunities as well as anything out there. I’m grateful for the camp directors, pastors and leaders who invited Harvest to serve. We had the privilege of leading worship 67 times during the summer events. And we are praising the Lord and giving glory to God for the seeds that were planted and the hearts that were transformed this summer.
Also, thankful for the team members who served in some way this 24th summer of Harvest Ministry. I’m so thankful for the investment of abilities in the awesome kingdom work of reaching the next generation. Suzanne, Ryan, Elizabeth, Ava, Emily, Henrick, Clint, Christian, Andrew, Nathaniel, Hannah, Luke, Daniel Tatjenhorst.
These a handful of pictures that give a glimpse into the 2019 Harvest Ministry Team Summer. (The first comment on the orginal facebook post describes each one)
Of course, this is a small snippet of a great summer! A huge thanks to all those faithful people who help support Harvest financially, who pray for Harvest and for team members and their families and friends who help support them. Glory to God for all the doors that were opened, hearts that were awakened, invitations that were accepted and lives transformed in the name of Jesus.