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Foster Parenting Informational Meeting – November 29

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

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Did you know there are over 160 foster children on Guam and approximately 30 foster homes licensed to care for them? Many children do not have a place to go and the island’s shelters are often overflowing.

Interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent? Harvest House invites you to attend an upcoming Foster Care Information Session:

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Two Sessions to choose from:
Tuesday, November 29th
12:30 – 1:30pm -OR- 6:30 – 7:30pm at the Harvest House Resource Center

Childcare provided for the evening session.

Contact 989-9887 for directions and more information.

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Foster Parenting Informational Meeting

Monday, October 17th, 2016

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Did you know there are over 160 foster children on Guam and approximately 30 foster homes licensed to care for them? Many children do not have a place to go and the island’s shelters are often overflowing.

Interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent? Harvest House invites you to attend an upcoming Foster Care Information Session:

Harvest House Foster Care Information Session
Two Sessions to choose from:
Tuesday, October 18th
12:30 – 1:30pm -OR- 6:30 – 7:30pm at the Harvest House Resource Center

Contact 989-9887 for directions or click the link below to learn more about Harvest House.

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Harvest House Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Friday, September 30th, 2016

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On September 29th, the Harvest House Resource Center was officially opened. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place with donors, volunteers, board members, and CPS staff in attendance.  Devin Taylor, a former foster child, was given the honor of cutting the ribbon along with his mother, Bethany Taylor, Director of Harvest House. Jared Baldwin, president of Harvest House, thanked donors, whose “generous donations made it possible for us to complete this space for our foster community.”

Harvest House was founded seven years ago with the desire to provide support for the foster care community on Guam. Foster children, foster parents, and those who work in the foster care system have been impacted by Harvest House. The Closet is a collection and distribution center for donated items for foster children of all ages. Thousands of dollars worth of diapers, clothes, shoes, toiletries, toys, car seats, high chairs, play pens, bedding, formula, and more have been given to foster families over the past few years.

The Harvest House Closet has now outgrown the original 40-foot shipping container and has been relocated to the Harvest House Resource Center. This additional space is greatly needed. Along with the Closet, the Resource Center has space for meeting with foster families, foster parent support groups, parent training, and volunteer and administrative work space.

Pastor Baldwin closed the ceremony pointing people to our mission: Harvest House exists to help children and teens on Guam develop a heart for God by providing a safe haven to help them grow physically, socially, mentally, and spiritually. Attendees saw first-hand how their donations were used by taking a tour of the center.  We opened the following day with our first foster support group meeting and look forward to many more days of service to our foster care community.

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Visit www.harvesthouseguam.org for more information.

 

Harvest House Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony – Coming Up

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

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Community leaders and will gather to attend the Harvest House Resource Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony this Thursday, September 29, at 10:30 AM.

The Harvest House Resource Center will house The Closet, a collection and distribution center for donated items for foster children of all ages. Along with The Closet, the Resource Center will have space for meeting with foster families, parent training, as well as volunteer and administrative work space.

Harvest House, Inc. serves as a point of contact for community members and organizations interested in supporting the foster care system on Guam, recruiting foster families and supporting families, and connecting with foster moms every month in a support group.

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Please click the link below to learn more about Harvest House.

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Wendy’s, Coldstone Creamery Help Harvest House Reach Goal

Friday, May 27th, 2016

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On May 27th, 2016 Jun and Sumiko Espaldon, owners of Quick Serve Foods Inc. presented Harvest House with a donation of $15,000. Quick Serve Foods Inc. is the parent company for Wendy’s and Coldstone Creamery on Guam. Josh and Bethany Taylor, Pastor Marty Herron and Pastor Jared Baldwin were on hand, along with many of the Harvest House volunteers. The funds were raised to help complete the construction project of the Harvest House Resource Center. The Harvest Christian Academy students collected receipts for 10 days, as they dined at Wendy’s and Coldstone Creamery. The total amount collected was $7,800. The Harvest House team was thrilled to receive a check for almost double the amount, $15,000.

Here are some of the things that Mr. Jun Espaldon shared as he presented the donation.

“Before we came up to meet with Jared and Bethany, we kept thinking, wouldn’t it be wonderful if Harvest Christian School students, families, teachers, staff and administrators and the whole Harvest Community could be responsible for Harvest House reaching its goal… And so, this beautiful morning, we thank the Harvest Community for your partnership with Wendy’s and Cold Stone Creamery. It is really you, the Harvest Community that will allow for the completion of the Harvest House Resource Center.”

Mr. Espaldon concluded with, “We are humbled and honored to be able to make this donation to people who are truly passionate, who truly care, who truly love. God works through you all, and it is very evident.”

Harvest House would like to show their sincere appreciation to Jun and Sumiko for their generous partnership!

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Harvest House Movie Night

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

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Pastor Lee of Seoul Korea has now saved over 700 babies because he chose to listen to that still small voice within him (the voice of God speaking to him) and then act upon it with immeasurable faith. On Friday night, the 11th of September, Harvest House hosted a special screening of the film “The Dropbox,” a documentary that told Pastor Lee’s powerful story of creating a dropbox at his doorstep for babies that would otherwise be abandoned on the streets of Korea.  He valued the preciousness of life and had to do something about it.

For the hundred people that attended, the movie impacted them to ACT upon the voice that quietly yet constantly whispers, “What will you do for the least of these?” Because of the film’s great motivation, Harvest House was able to give people three ways to act across the island of Guam. 1) TO GIVE – Harvest House raised over $3,000 during the event that will go toward the building fund for a new Resource Center. 2) TO VOLUNTEER – Foster families would love to be encouraged by help from others and Harvest House would love volunteers who attend and assist at each event and who also give and help to sort donations for foster families. 3) TO CONSIDER – Consider being a foster mom and a foster dad to a child who has been abused, abandoned, or neglected on Guam. There are over 200 children in this condition today. Give the gift of a “family” to a child. After the movie, Harvest House was able to connect with many prospective foster parents, volunteers, and donors.

Harvest House was so blessed by the opening of hearts on this day. We look forward to what God will continue to do as He planted the seed of caring for the orphan in the heart of all who were in attendance–and in your heart as well.

Ordination Service for Joe Baldwin

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

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Sunday, April 19 during the evening service Harvest Baptist Church had the privilege of ordaining Joe Baldwin into the gospel ministry.  The ordination council was held Sunday afternoon, with five ordained ministers participating in the questioning and approval process.  Joe and Marla shared their testimony’s of salvation with the Harvest Church family.  The charge was given by both of the Baldwin’s sons; Jacob Baldwin and Pastor Jared Baldwin; they expressed their appreciation for their parents, their faithfulness to their family as well as in the Lord’s work for many years. The Baldwin’s have been in local church ministries for over 30 years, and joined the Harvest staff heading up the Maintenance Department in 2004. The evening was made even more memorable with messages via e-mail from their daughter Emily , from their nine grandchildren, and special music from the men of the Maintenance Department.  The Harvest family rejoices with them in this special time and looks forward to see how God will continue to use them in the future.

Harvest Staff Appreciation Dinner

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

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December can be an especially busy time at Harvest Ministries with all the activities of the Academy, Bible College, and Church.  On Friday, December 5 all the staff of Harvest gathered at the Samurai for the annual Staff Christmas Dinner.  It is always a time of good food, and a lot of fun.  One of the new features for this year’s event was the department vs. department entertainment competition.  The winner’s this year were as follows:  3rd place Maintenance, 2nd place 4th-6th Grade Teachers, and the coveted 1st place going to the Office staff of Harvest with their rendition of “All I Want for Christmas”.  The evening not only showcased the creativity of a very hard-working staff, but also gave everyone a chance to enjoy some down with  special co-workers and teammates.

Festival of Lights Heralds the Christmas Season

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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The Festival of Lights commenced the official beginning of the Christmas season at Harvest Ministries.  The evening began early with many Festival type games, face-painting, caricature drawing, Christmas trees, delicious snacks, as well as a fiesta plate dinner.  One of the new additions to the Christmas displays at Harvest was the Polar Express Train, located in the studio of Harvest Family Radio.  As the sun began to set, guests were treated to a beautiful concert in the Family Life Center, performed by the HBC Choir, accompanied by the Guitar and Uke group.  Guests were invited to sing along to much beloved carols of the season, and even learn a new song or two.  Pastor Marty Herron, addressed the crowd, briefly, with a reminder of why Christ came to a manger, and why we celebrate not only HIs birth, but the salvation He provides for all who call on Him as Savior.  The guests were then all invited to gather outside for the lighting, as they all stood in the dark, counting down from ten, the darkness was extinguished with a brilliant display of light.  The displays this year include the new manger display, the wisemen, the angels, new colored light displays, and even some snow.    The maintenance department of Harvest had been busy since October, hanging well over a hundred thousand lights, for the enjoyment of all.  After the lighting of the campus, guests were able to enjoy the Festival games, take pictures of the lights, as well as enjoy a Concert from the HCA students.  The lights on Harvest campus can be enjoyed every evening from 6:30-10:00 p.m.

Local Businessmen’s Luncheon

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

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Harvest Ministries was privileged to host a businessman’s luncheon, on September 24th, featuring Mr. Ken McCoy.  Ken has more than 35 years of management experience in the Coal Industry, and has held executive positions with some of the largest coal companies in the country, as well as  international experience in helping develop one of the largest mines in the world.  Having recently retired as Vice-President of Operations, he has most recently established and been involved in a missionary group called Project 14 Global Missions (p14gm.org/home).  Ken conducted the 3 hour seminar on executive leadership, time management, and effective leadership.  Christian businessmen, Pastors from local churches,  as well as the Pastoral and Administrative staff of Harvest Ministries were invited to attend the seminar and a gourmet lunch, free of charge.  The meal was provided by Harvest Christian Academy, prepared by Ray Lovmo and the Cafeteria staff, and served by church volunteers.  There were well over twenty businessmen in attendance for this first time event.  Given the success, it is anticipated that this event will be repeated in the future.