Giving Tuesday

We have been so blessed by those who have donated to The Lord's Harvest in 2016! Don't forget that tomorrow has been designated "Giving Tuesday". We have seen many requests for individuals and corporations to consider giving to their favorite non-profit tomorrow. We would be honored if you would consider making a donation to The Lord'sHarvest this holiday season. You can do so on-line or by mailing a check! Please know that 100% of your donation goes to helping those who are hungry in Madison and surrounding counties in Western North Carolina.

Sending you all our thanks, appreciation and love! Remembering the reason for this season! Bill and Sharon

You can participate in Giving Tuesday by giving online

Sooooo thankful for the Mars Hill University Baseball Team and their Coaches!

We are very thankful to the members of the Mars Hill University Baseball Team and their coaches for their help off-loading the food from MANNA and loading the boxes for our deliveries to Spring Creek and Spillcorn!  We are so thankful for the sweet spirits and the hard work done by these young men; getting done in ten minutes what takes Bill and I over an hour!  Super job guys!!! and Our most sincere thanks!

Meet Two of Our New Bonner Scholar Volunteers!

We are excited to introduce you to two of our Bonner Scholar Volunteers from Mars Hill University.  Pictured above is Juanita Guzman, a Junior whose major is Business.  She is from Avery County, NC.  She is on the soccer team and is a leader in the Delta Zeta sorority.  Juanita will be serving as our Volunteer Coordinator this year.  We are excited to have her returning to volunteer with us!

Shay Sargent, pictured below, hails from Raleigh, North Carolina.  He is a sophomore at Mars Hill studying History.  He is aspiring to be a teacher and has already done quiet a bit of teaching at his alma mater, at Southern Wake Academy, a Charter School in the Raleigh area.  He is a member of the ultimate Freebie team at Mars Hill. 

We are super excited to have these two students as Volunteers along with two others students whom we will post pictures of very soon!  Welcome to the "team"!

Missions Event in Gate City, Virginia

The Lord's Harvest was privileged to help First Baptist Church Webber City, Virginia pack potatoes, pinto beans and cornmeal at their Gate City campus on Thursday, August 25the for a Neighborhood Evangelism Event.  Approximately 75 members from both campus' came to prepare food boxes which were given out to people in the surrounding neighborhoods on Monday, August 29.  It was our joy to minister with Pastor Morlock and the congregations of First Baptist Church Webber City, Virginia!  The event was coordinated by our dear friend, Chad Williams.  

Prepping for Packing

Our thanks to Gwen Bowles and her five grandchildren for helping us get ready for our packing party tonight. This hard working, fun loving group got out all the supplies for our packing party in a little over thirty minutes.  We give thanks for this very kind offer of help that came just at the right time!  God is sooooo good! Thank you Gwen, Tyson, Jade, Ky, T. J. and Brayden!

Canterbury United Methodist Church Middle Schoolers Provide Great Help!

The Middle School Youth from Canterbury United Methodist Church came in July to help The Lord's Harvest.  These eighth graders have been coming for three years and wanted to spend time, one last time, with "Farmer Bill".  This group of students came the year of the record breaking rain and braved a muddy field wading in ankle deep mud to replant seed potatoes.  What a blessing to have them with us again.  We give thanks for friends like these who share their love and care with us!  Wishing them all a great year as they enter High School.  You all come back anytime!

The Lord's Harvest Featured as "Persons of the Week" on WLOS

This week The Lord's Harvest was featured as WLOS "Persons of the Week

MARS HILL, N.C. -- Our Persons of the Week are making a difference in the lives of hundreds of people every month.

When you come to the home of Bill and Sharon Welsch, expect to be fed. It's homemade with hospitality and generosity the Welsches are known for.

They call their program The Lord's Harvest.

And the need is huge. Madison County, where they live, is one of the most food-insecure places in the nation.

They're helping people like Kristy Surrett.

"It's embarrassing for a lot of people to say 'I need help.' Even with kids, to them it's like saying you're not making it as a parent," said Surrett.

"We think of ourselves as the land of golden opportunity and this wonderful, dinner-bowl of the world, but there is hunger," said Sharon Welsch.

The Welsches and their volunteers at Lord's Harvest grind away at hunger--with a 1925 corn grist mill.

They make cornmeal and put it in baggies. They take thousands of pounds of potatoes and beans bought with donations, and a lot of the Welsches own money, to distribute throughout Madison and Yancey counties, and beyond.

They've reached as far as Ohio, Kentucky and western Virginia--and they have churches in Tennessee that help.

They are able to reach hundreds of people each month, each with a unique story, and a common need.

"It's something I feel really passionate about and was called to do," said Bill Welsch.

It's compassion in action. "We like to give people hope," said Bill.

They're giving more than hope.  They're promoting the health of families in need.

If you would like to help the Welsches or learn more about the Lord's Harvest, click here.

Delta Zeta's Service Project

The  Delta Zeta Sorority from Mars Hill University helped us pack 160 boxes on March 31 as a service project to the community.  We are so appreciative of their help!  They did an awesome job.  One of our Bonner Scholars, Juanita Guzman, seen below pulling the cart, is a member of the sorority.IMG_0208IMG_0207

The Lord's Harvest featured on WLOS

Person of the Week: Bill and Sharon Welsch

by: Larry Blunt

updated: Friday, February 12, 2016

http://www.wlos.com/community/features/potw/stories/Person-of-the-Week-Bill-and-Sharon-Welsch-253239.shtml#.Vr6sNZj2ZMs

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MARS HILL, N.C. -- Our Persons of the Week are making a difference in the lives of hundreds of people every month.

When you come to the home of Bill and Sharon Welsch, expect to be fed. It's homemade with hospitality and generosity the Welsches are known for.

They call their program The Lord's Harvest.

And the need is huge. Madison County, where they live, is one of the most food-insecure places in the nation.

They're helping people like Kristy Surrett.

"It's embarrassing for a lot of people to say 'I need help.' Even with kids, to them it's like saying you're not making it as a parent," said Surrett.

"We think of ourselves as the land of golden opportunity and this wonderful dinner-bowl of the world, but there is hunger," said Sharon Welsch.

The Welsches and their volunteers at Lord's Harvest grind away at hunger--with a 1925 grist mill.

They make cornmeal and put in baggies. They take thousands of pounds of potatoes and pinto beans bought with donations, and a lot of the Welsches own money, to distribute throughout Madison and Yancey counties, and beyond.

They've reached as far as Ohio, Kentucky and western Virginia--and they have churches in Tennessee they help.

They are able to reach hundreds of people each month, each with a unique story, and a common need.

"It's something I feel really passionate about and was called to do," said Bill Welsch.

It's compassion in action. "We like to give people hope," said Bill.

They're giving more than hope.  They're promoting the health of families in need.

If you would like to help the Welsch's or learn more about the Lord's Harvest, click here.

Thanksgiving Spillcorn Delivery

packed trailerOn Saturday, November 21, we loaded up the trailer to take it to Spillcorn.  Due to the deluge the first weekend of November, we had to postpone the trip and after several attempts to reschedule with them (and uncooperative weather), we were finally able to make the trip this past Saturday.  148 boxes were packed for delivery, including the boxes from MANNA that had been packed the first week of November, enough meat for one per household, alongwith our boxes from The Lord's Harvest.  Many happy people left with happy hearts on Saturday!  This was particularly helpful to them as it was the weekend before Thanksgiving and for some, this was all the Thanksgiving meal they would have!  Thank you to ALL of you who help us feed those who are hungry in Madison County.  It is a blessing for us to serve with you! We pray you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We give thanks for YOU!

Our Bonner Scholars have been BUSY this week

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Our Bonner Scholars have been working really hard getting us ready for an epic week of delivery.  We have made deliveries to Beacon of Hope, Neighbors in Need, New Victory Baptist Church Help Center, TouchPoint Ministries of Tri-Cities Baptist Church, Keystone Housing Ministry of Tri-Cities Baptist Church, the United Methodist Church of Spring Creek and Colvin Community Church of Spillcorn.  Thanks to Hunter Wallace  who sorted canned goods to be given to Madison County residents who are serviced through our program called FARM (Feeding Aging Residents of Madison) as a part of Madison County Community Services.

And thanks to Jenna Greene and Juanita Guzman who bagged cornmeal for the Spillcorn Community. 

And thanks to Jenna Greene and Juanita Guzman who bagged cornmeal for the Spillcorn Community. 

 

All of these young ladies also bagged potatoes and pintos for our deliveries this week.  We are thankful for our Bonner Scholars and the wonderful work they do.

Giving thanks to God for allowing us to serve those who are in need.  Bill and I talked today on one of our deliveries about how blessed we are to be able help.

We are wishing all of our friends and family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Packing boxes

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On Thursday, November 5, a small group gathered to help us pack 250 boxes which will be distributed throughout November to those who are hungry in Madison County.

One of our Bonner Scholars, Caitlin Deaver worked diligently to get food ready for packing.  Way to go, Caitlin!

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For about an hour these dedicated workers packed boxes

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    Young and old alike, packed together!

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And at the end of the night . . .

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Success!!

Thank you to ALL who came out to pack including Bonner Scholars from Mars Hill University and several members of Mars Hill Baptist Church.  You blessed us and you blessed those who will receive these boxes.

"Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me - you did it to me" (Jesus). Matthew 25:40

Barn Dedication

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On October 11, 33 people gathered to help us  dedicate our barn to the service of the Lord!  Following the dedication, we enjoyed Brunswick Stew made by our dear friends, Kendall and Ginny Cumbee, home made, stone ground cornmeal cornbread, homemade Amish sourdough bread, Homemade brownies, and Pumpkin Triffle.  It was a wonderful day and we were blessed to celebrate this special occasion with representatives from many of our Partner Agencies, Donors, The Lord's Harvest Board Members, our Pastor, Tommy Justus, and three (of our four) Bonner Scholars from Mars Hill University; all of whom are our dear friends!

Caitlin Deaver Saves the Day

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We would like to acknowledge Caitlin Deaver's HARD work in organizing the food items for packing the boxes.  You may remember that Caitlin volunteered with us this summer as a part of the Bonner Scholarship Program at Mars Hill University.  Even though she did not have to help us, when asked she agreed to put out the food in an organized manner :) to help us be ready to pack boxes on Thursday. Caitlin spent an entire day getting the tables ready!  A huge shout out to Caitlin and her sweet spirit!  We love YOU! <3 We could NOT have done it without you!

Packing Food Boxes

helpers 1 helpers 2 Helpers 3 Yesterday (August 6) we packed 250 boxes of staple food for distribution to the Spring Creek, Spillcorn and Ivy Ridge Communities with the help of two Mars Hill University Football players, Richard and E.J. and church member, Sybil. These folks did an EXCELLENT job and we are so thankful for their hard work (else we would have had to pack the boxes ALL by ourselves).  Our thanks to each of them and to Coach Tim Clifton for sending us such gentlemanly, hardworking, and STRONG young men.  It was a joy for us to get to know them better. Feeling very blessed and thankful!!!!

Back to School Backpacks Delivered to Spillcorn and Spring Creek this weekend

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