Youth groups still looking for a summer mission experience are invited to participate in the first Mississippi Harvest of Hope July 1-7.
Sponsored by Society of St. Andrew, Harvest of Hope is a study, worship, and action experience that educates senior high youth and their adult leaders about hunger. The event will be held at Wood Institute in Mathiston.
“The kids will go out and glean in the mornings. They will work in soup kitchens or food pantries in the afternoons, where they actually see the food going to people who need it,” said Bob Fritchey, regional director for SoSA’s Mississippi Gleaning Network. The evenings are filled with worship, education, and recreation.
Participants form strong bonds of friendship and are encouraged to take what they learn back home so that they might make a difference in their own families, churches, and communities.
“Some kids have done mission trips, repaired houses, or other things, and they understand there’s a lot of need out there,” Fritchey said. “Other kids haven’t had that opportunity. At Harvest of Hope, they gather the food in the field, then see it go to hungry people. It can be a life-changing experience.”
Groups interested in participating in Harvest Hope should let Fritchey know by April 30 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-263-8648.