Significant Event of 2011
1st Graduating Class of Harvest Children’s Home (HCH)!
In August, Harvest Children’s Home (HCH) graduated its 1st class of 16 students. In consultation with the children, guardians, and the delegate of Social Affairs,
these 16 children were relocated for age and other good reasons. Many of these children had been at the orphanage since its opening! We were sad to see them go, but happy
to see them mature and grow into the young adults we have been praying they would become. All 16 children will still be supported financially for their education by
Harvest Children’s Home (HCH) if they choose to continue their schooling. Additionally, the staff at Harvest Children’s Home (HCH) will continue
to monitor their progress as they transition to the next season of their lives.
Trip Reports from Teams that visited in 2012
April – Dale Fisher and Don Lovell
Dale Fisher, a long time friend and multi–time visitor; and his colleague, Don Lovell, visited Harvest Children’s Home (HCH) in April.
This was Dale’s 6th visit and Don’s 1st to the orphanage. They spent most of their time training local pastors. They held a 3–day training for district pastors
and reviewed an evangelism tool called, ‘Prayer, Care, Share’. They also introduced them to the Transformational Leadership Movement (TLM) vision and plan, and explained
how to start multiplying small groups. During their 4th teaching day they hosted an ‘All CNBC Pastor's Conference’.
May – The Churchman family group
This team consisted of the Churchman family (Mike, Laurie, Meg, and Justin) as well as Corey, Anamarie, and Michelle. They accomplished their 3 primary goals of completing
the dining hall/new kitchen, building a new shower facility (out of the old kitchen) and purchasing sewing machines (and teaching sewing lessons). They were able
to build and install a chimney for the new kitchen, install a clothesline, improve lighting efficiency with new bulbs, paint new murals and add a mini hand washing/hygiene clinic.
They also taught the kids how to recycle extra large t–shirts into skirts. Additionally, they were able to provide all the children with at least 1 new school uniform, new sandals
and some personal items. All this was done while still playing and loving on the kids!
August – TEEN Mission
TEEN Mission is a program that was started in 2002 with the mission of developing youth spiritually through summer outreach programs. Located in Nsongwa Bafut, Cameroon;
it’s an interdenominational evangelical organization that works with established churches teaching standard Biblical principles. It gives youth an opportunity
to serve the Lord together with other youth. There’s a 10–day boot camp training for team members in which they do scripture memory, Bible study, daily personal devotions
and evening rallies to help them learn to work together as a team and develop their own spiritual life. After boot camp, the youth are then sent out in teams into the community
to evangelize. We were able to send 8 teens from Harvest Children’s Home (HCH) to TEEN Mission this year!
October – Justin Colvard
Justin Colvardwas able to use a break between his employment positions elsewhere in Africa to take a visit to Harvest Children’s Home (HCH). His 3 primary tasks were:
1) Follow–up interviews with graduates, 2) Growth monitoring and nutritional analysis and 3) Staff one–on–ones. Justin was able to accomplish all of his primary tasks
and bring back to the board some good on–the–ground insight into each of these areas so that steps can be taken for improvement where needed.
December – Christi and her team
This team consisted of Christi Delgatty and her team of Linda Oakes and Crystal Vega. Their focus was hands–on children’s ministry, staff development,
nutrition/hygiene training, grounds improvement, and community outreach. They worked with local churches and partners to put on a Children’s Christmas Party for
hundreds of children in the surrounding communities. As a board member, Christi also made on–the–ground assessments of some of the adjustments that have been made recently
as well as gathered information for ongoing projects and new opportunities.
December also saw the return of Dale Fisher and another colleague, Mike Johnson. Again, Dale and Mike’s emphasis was on training and equipping local pastors,
but they also made time to play and love on the kids, including handing out jump ropes which were a huge hit!
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