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As many of you may already know, at Harvest, we strive to be so relevant to our own communities, that even the most ardent critic of Christianity would be disappointed if we ceased to exist. It is this model that we use when we look to serve other parts of the world as well.

When the war broke out on Ukraine, we sought ways to empower the local church to be the hope of Christ to their communities.

While we could've filled huge containers with supplies that may or may not be needed and would likely take months to arrive, we prayed and God led us to a small church in Warsaw, Poland. We learned how they were serving the women and children who had fled the war and what their greatest needs were. Specifically, this small church was housing the wives and children of several pastors who have stayed in Ukraine to minister. Since then, it has been an easy, natural way for us to get funds quickly and directly where they're most needed--the pastors continuously distribute aid, water, food and rescue to soldiers and civilians alike in Ukraine. Together with this "little-Polish-church-that-could", we also provide these brave men comfort knowing their wives and children are being cared for by the Church.

This recently arrived in the mail--a hand painted canvas by one of the pastor's wives from Kyiv, Ukraine, as a gift to Harvest.

She wrote, "Thank you for remembering us."

We ask you to please continue to remember Ukraine in your prayers, especially as winter is approaching and the war rages on.

For more ways to get involved or to learn more, email our Global Outreach Director at

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What is this serving role all about?

The Car Care Ministry Director is in charge of processing cars that are donated and working with the team of volunteers and local businesses to get the card fixed and ready to give away to people in need. This position also included screening and verifying that all recipients have insurance and the ability to maintain a vehicle.

What's something interesting or unique about this serving role?

This ministry meets a very practical need in our community. Having a reliable vehicle to get to work, take kids to school, or get groceries is huge. We take it for granted, but for others, it is their lifeline, and it allows them to maintain their independence and provide for their families.

How often do volunteers serve in this role?

This role is an ongoing position.

Who's one of the superstar volunteers currently fulfilling this role?

Donna Dinsmore has served as our Car Care Ministry Director for many years. She's definitely wired and gifted for this position. She has many contacts in the community that she can reach out to for assistance and materials. She has also written and received many grants to help fund Car Care. Donna is a fantastic steward of the money and resources she has been entrusted with. She has a huge heart and enjoys helping families in our community receive reliable transportation. Donna is a ROCKSTAR!!

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Karen Graber is an absolute rockstar of a volunteer! She leads our kitchen team for Harvest Students, serving approximately 9,000+ meals per year to our students. She also helps with special events like weddings, funerals, and large events like our Daddy Daughter Dances every February. Karen has made a tremendous impact here at Harvest, and I'm in awe of what a servant's heart she has. Harvest Students, and Harvest as a whole, are lucky and thankful to have Karen on our team.

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