A while ago, I attended a local high school football game. It brought back so many memories of when my son used to play. Our entire family was there cheering him on through wins and loses. Even through missed tackles, through blood, sweat and tears. That was the same with these parents. Yelling and screaming and cheering their son to success. Every parent wanted success for the team and wanted their son to have a part in achieving victory. At one point the game got heated, the opposing team was winning greatly over their opponent. All of a sudden a young man on the opposing team made a touch-down. The parents of both teams erupted in cheers. These parents knew that their child could be on the losing team as soon as the following week. It was an exciting evening to say the least.
The children who come to Harvest have never had anyone to cheer them on or to recognize their value and worth. Often they are kicked to the sidelines of their parent’s lives and left to muddle through this adventure of life all alone. They seek attention and often get it from negative sources. Without guidance, they make decisions that are life altering. Our goal at Harvest is to help these children break this cycle. At Harvest the children are given instruction each evening on how their decisions –good and bad have impacted them. If their decisions are bad, their consequences are immediately felt the next day. The following morning starts a new day. Old actions and attitudes can be put away. Lamentations 3:22-23 reads “It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”
Thank you for partnering with Harvest to provide this life changing opportunity for abused, abandoned, neglected or troubled boys and girls. One of our young men received an award for an essay he wrote on “How To Show Love To Your Family”. His essay was published in the Kingsport Times News.