SoSA sets summer events


The Society of St. Andrew will hold a “Harvest of Hope” senior high week-long event in Mississippi for the first time.  

Harvest of Hope is SoSA’s weekend and weeklong mission retreat that includes worship, learning and gleaning to feed the hungry.  

It will be held at the Wood Institute in Mathiston July 1-7. For more information about Society of St. Andrew and Harvest of Hope, or to register for this summer’s event in Mississippi call 800-333-4597 or see 

“Gleaning is when volunteers go into the fields after the farmer has picked the crop to get what is left. Most of it is good, healthy food but may have been in a corner of the field or too small to harvest. You can get hundreds of pounds of food this way to donate to local food banks,” explains Anna Dillon of Regester Chapel UMC in Stafford, Va. 

The Dillon family has been involved with Harvest of Hope for many years, first in Florida and now in Virginia. Son Andrew served as the Harvest of Hope summer intern in 1997 and started an urban gleaning program at college to help local homeless shelters. Anna Dillon says her parents have always encouraged their children to make a difference in their communities and the world, and that’s why she is a gleaner. 

“I had seen the impact it made in my parents’ and brother’s life. Andrew told me how much fun and fellowship you have at Harvest of Hope.  

“Gleaning and helping others in this direct and wonderful way has made us a better family and, I think, better Christians,” says Dillon.