Missions

We want to make an impact throughout the world.  We participate in God’s work abroad through prayer, supporting missionaries, and sending workers to needy places for short-term projects.  With 17.5% of Sunday offerings, we support 17 missionary families (seven of whom were sent out from our body) and three different groups of native church planters in Russia, Nigeria and Serbia.

 

LOCAL MISSIONS INCLUDE...

  1. ESL (English as a second language).  People from many countries whose native language is not English gather weekly to learn to speak English, with the Bible as the primary textbook.
  2. International Students and Scholars.  Several Harvesters are involved with doing life and sharing with those who have come to Charlotte as students or visiting scholars.  There are many great stories of students and scholars who came to the U.S. with little or no understanding of who God is but have returned to their home countries after their time here as followers of Jesus Christ.
  3. Vacation Bible School.  The third week in July, close to 200 children enjoy a week of fun and learning about God.

Bousman: Papua New Guinea

Chris Bousman was born and raised in Charlotte, NC.  He began working on vehicles in high school and attended Nashville Auto-Diesel College to further improve his abilities.  Chris has been working as an auto mechanic since 1997.  The Lord has called him to serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators to help those who help spread His Word.  Chris uses his God-given abilities and experience to service vehicles used by Bible translators to travel to remote villages. Roads are barely passable through the rugged, mountainous jungle terrain in Papua New Guinea where Chris serves.  Without reliable vehicles, Bible translation would be more difficult to accomplish.

 

Bulyhins: Ukraine

 

Andrew and Yuba, and their daughters, Katya and Oksana have been a part of World Reach since 2000 and serve in Sumy, Ukraine. Andrew has worked closely with the Bible Institute ministry serving as a coordinator, translator, and teacher. In addition, he has had an active ministry with summer youth camps.

 

Andrew is a leader at Gospel House Baptist Church.  Increasing numbers of international students began coming to Sumy to study at local universities and some began attending Gospel House.  As a result, in 2011 the idea for an international church was born.  In 2012, Andrew began the role of church planter for World Reach to help establish a church for the growing number of international students with services held in English.

Andrew’s focus is on developing relationships with university students, sharing the Gospel, and getting students connected to the Church family.

 

Over 1,000 international students study at universities in Sumy, representing over 40 countries.  Countries of origin include Iraq, Nigeria, Turkey, Syria, Tanzania, China, India, and Australia.  A majority of the students are Muslim, though many African students are from areas with Christian influence.

 

Chins: Hickory Cove Bible Camp

 

 

Micah and Ruth Anna have been serving full-time at Hickory Cove Bible Camp (Taylorsville, NC) since 2013. After working for Bank of America for nearly 10 years and being active members of Harvest, Micah (and Ruth Anna) both felt called to move to Taylorsville so they could be part of Hickory Cove's mission "where young people are challenged to become effective, kingdom-minded Christ followers through sound Bible teaching and meaningful discipleship relationships."

 

Micah currently serves as the interim Executive Director, overseeing all fundraising and marketing events and activities. Ruth Anna volunteers in a number of capacities, including planning and directing Hickory Cove's annual women's retreat, summer camp decorating, kitchen help, and Family Camp planning. Their five children -- Elijah, Sophie, Noah, Lilah, and Judah -- currently serve as official QA testers for all things fun at camp and can often be found working tirelessly testing items such as diving boards, pool slides, zip lines, canoes, paintball guns, and bow & arrows.

 

 

Frankas: Serbia

 

Ondrej and Milina Franka, and their daughters, Andrea and Margaret, are native Yugoslavian/Serbians. Ondrej was raised in a Christian family and went to church, but did not come to know Christ personally until after he attended a Billy Graham crusade as a youth. In 1973, he married Milina, a Christian girl from the same town. The Christian life was not easy in the communistic system – secular education was highly emphasized and the church did not have any biblically trained leaders who could communicate truths to young people.  It was a life of frustration for Ondrej and Milina until some Pocket Testament League missionaries from the U.S. came to Yugoslavia. They discipled Ondrej, and eventually he and Milina left their secular jobs to go into full-time ministry. Ondrej studied at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Ondrej and Milina share a tremendous burden for evangelizing the people of their own country. In the early 1990’s, when communism fell apart in Yugoslavia, Ondrej seized the opportunity to establish the first independent mission organization: The Christian Evangelistic Center, The Pocket Testament League of Yugoslavia. In 1992, civil war came to Yugoslavia, and refugees started to come from all sides. Ondrej started a humanitarian ministry; TELL and FEED. Through this ministry, many have tasted the goodness of the Lord, both physically, through food, medicine, and clothing, and spiritually, through the Word of God. As a result, many have come to know the Lord. The next need was to train these refugees as they returned home. The Bible School was established in 1995, with the goal of training refugees and other young people, and sending them out to plant churches. It was the only Bible School in the country. The year 1999 produced the most recent war in Serbia, and Ondrej again headed up the project TELL and FEED / BUILDING BRIDGES, a ministry to refugees and others affected by this war. Today, Ondrej and Milina Franka’s ministry, Yugoslavian Evangelistic Society, involves many different aspects including: Bible School and conferences, Tell and Feed/Building Bridges project, literature printing and distribution and youth ministry and choir.

 

In addition to the Frankas, Harvest also supports several native Serbian church planters.

 

Fretheims: Nigeria

 

Peter and Miriam Fretheim are missionaries serving the Lord in Jos, Nigeria with SIM USA. They have four children – Hannah, Elizabeth, Hunter and Sarah.  Peter works as an Administrator for SIM USA and is very involved with evangelism and Miriam coordinates visiting short-term teams and impacts both missionary and neighborhood children.  Together they work in a ministry called Gidan Bege, which means “House of Hope” in the Nigerian language of Hausa. They try to provide “hope for the hopeless” as they minister the love of Jesus to many groups of rejected people including orphans, street children, the blind, handicapped, lepers, poor, diseased and unreached peoples. Their women’s programs minister to approximately 200 needy women at a clinic. Nurses tend to physical needs and volunteers teach the truth of God’s love.  

 

In addition to the Fretheims, Harvest also supports 12 Nigerian church planters.

 

Gillespies: Michigan State University

 

Julie and Phil are convinced their outreach to the youth on campus is a worthy investment of their time. As students, it was through Campus Crusade for Christ that they learned what it meant to serve the Lord and received the training necessary to serve in this full-time ministry. After their marriage, they took the position of staffing the outreach at the University of Michigan where they served for seven years. In 2000, Phil and Julie moved to Michigan State University to become the directors of Athletes in Action, the athletic ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. They have four adult children- Nathan, Rachel, Jack, and Rebecca. Jesus said in Luke 10:2, “The harvest is plentiful…” and in no place is that more evident than on the college campus. Students come to Michigan State University from all over the country and the world.  Using the universal language of sports, Phil and Julie are exposing students to the claims of Jesus Christ, winning them to faith in Him, building them in their faith (discipling and training), and sending them to win and disciple others on campus and around the world.

 

Gomez: Honduras

 

Noel and Reina joined World Reach in 2008 as full-time missionaries in Honduras. In 2009, they began a new mission to the community of Balibrea, which is located 8 miles from the center of Siguatepeque. Balibrea is a rural community of nearly 1,000 people. However, adding those living in nearby rural communities, the total population reaches 4,000. The majority of the families living in Balibrea are counted among the poorest of Honduras.  The birth rate (as of 2011) was roughly 17 babies per month, and they are born in very primitive conditions.

 

Their ministry includes a local church, training leaders to plant churches in nearby villages, childcare,  education, a birthing clinic, a medical clinic, and sports activities.

 

Johnsons: Central & Eastern Europe

 

Chris and Debbie Johnson served in Budapest, Hungary for many years and currently live in Charlotte as they continue to impact central and eastern Europe.  Their primary focus with A.B.W.E. (Association for Baptists for World Evangelism) remains partnering with nationals to facilitate church-planting and missions movements. They do so now by using communication technologies and periodic trips to Central and Eastern Europe (and the Balkans).

 

Hancock: Peru

 

David Hancock grew up at Harvest Community Church and attended Toccoa Falls College.  After working in the business world a few years, he transitioned to serve with World Reach as a teacher at La Roca Christian School near Lima, Peru.  David enjoys teaching at La Roca and loves to share stories about his experiences there.  He also is involved in church ministries and outreaches on the weekends.

 

Hills: Thailand

 

Don and Sai Hill moved to Thailand in 2014.  Sai is a native of Thailand, from a village in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima, colloquially known as “Khorat.” She emigrated to the United States in the mid-1970s. Don was born in Florida and grew up in Connecticut. Sai and Don met on a blind date in Cincinnati, Ohio in the early 1980s, and were married a few years later. They had their first daughter, Amanda, in 1988, and their second daughter, Alicia, in 1991.

 

Don was an aeronautical engineer for 11 years. Then, while Sai supported the family with her dog-grooming business, Don went to law school and became a patent attorney in 1995.

 

In 1997, the Hill family moved from Cincinnati to Charlotte, North Carolina. At that time, Sai was still a Buddhist (at least nominally), while Don didn’t have any particular beliefs in terms of God. That all changed when they started attending Harvest Community Church in 2002, at the instigation of their two daughters. 

 

God had plans for the whole family to come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord (like the Philippian jailer’s family in Acts 16:31-33). Don was first to be saved, followed by Amanda and Alicia, and the three of them were baptized in the late summer of 2003. Sai had a longer struggle because of her upbringing in Buddhism. She felt like she was being pulled in two different directions. That’s when God began to speak to her in a series of dreams, in which Jesus appeared to her and called her to join Him. After much internal wrestling, she accepted His invitation and was baptized in 2004.  Don & Sai moved to Thailand to do the Lord’s work in October 2014.

 

Huyhua: Peru

 

Bryan and Evelyng Huyhua minister through World Reach in Lima, Peru.  They are very involved in the youth ministry at La Roca Christian Church, where they train youth leaders and encourage them in their walk with God.

 

Bryan also teaches at La Roca Christian School.  He and Evelyng lead conferences for adults and parents with the goal of reaching them with the Gospel.  They also lead youth conferences.   Bryan is involved in discipling youth leaders, and Evelyng disciples women.  The Lord has blessed the couple with two sons, Brian and Nathan.

 

Mumas: Chad

 

Tom and Sheri Muma represent E3 Partners ministry in Chad.  The gospel has the power not only to transform people, but also to transform culture. This is quite a challenge in Chad, a place where corruption has prevailed for the past two decades and war and strife for most of its existence. In 2005, Transparency International listed Chad as the world’s most corrupt country. This is a leading cause for the fact that 80% of the population of Chad lives below the poverty line and less than half can read. Christians are outnumbered nearly 7 to 1 by Muslims (dominant), animists, or others.  The task is great, but the gospel provides hope for a better Chad.

 

Tom and Sheri served at Harvest for several years and Tom owned a software company.  In mid-life, they sensed God’s call to sell the company and attend seminary at Columbia International in Columbia, SC. After that, they began ministry in Chad.

 

Nystroms: New Guinea

 

John and Bonnie Nystrom served as Bible translators in Papua New Guinea for many years, and today they continue supporting those translators, using technology from their home base in Florida. They have two adult children – Brianna and Eric.  John and Bonnie’s work is with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Relying on God and rooted in His Word, Wycliffe seeks to bear fruit among new believers who also become rooted in God’s Word. Their goal is to see the Bible translated into EVERY language by the year 2025.

 

John and Bonnie originally went to Papua New Guinea to translate the Bible for the Arop people. After working on that for a number of years, they felt the Lord leading them to expand into three languages that are close to Arop. Those three have now expanded into numerous languages! 

 

Prewitts: World Reach

 

Tim and Carol are the founders and chief operators of World Reach. Carol’s main ministry with World Reach is to take care of administrative issues at the home office in Birmingham, Alabama. Tim travels extensively to all of World Reach’s fields (Peru, Kenya, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Albania, Germany, Honduras, and El Salvador). He organizes new church plants and Mobile Bible Institutes, which train native pastors and church leaders. His work also involves many other facets, such as encouraging World Reach missionaries and teaching in the Mobile Bible Institute.

 

Many pastors in other countries have little or no formal training. The Mobile Bible Institute helps these leaders by training them in two-week segments over a period of two to three years, so they can continue to pastor their churches while studying. This training will help them to have an increased impact in their ministries. Also, their knowledge and skill of ministry will significantly improve, for God’s glory! During the two to three-year process, these leaders receive training in subjects such as Old and New Testament Survey, Systematic Theology, Bible Study Methods, Biblical Preaching, Pastoral Ministry, Church Planting, Missions – Evangelism and Discipleship, Church Ministry – Administration and Education, Church History Survey, Pastoral Related Projects (Extensive reading for homework, community projects, etc.), and Personal Spiritual Life. Two of our own pastors, Dr. Jerry Barber and Scott Torres, also serve with World Reach in providing training for these national pastors.

 

Thompsons: New England

 

 

Steve and Kim first came in Harvest in 2004. Steve attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte (2009-2014) while working full-time at Wells Fargo. During seminary, they felt God’s call to minister to His people in New England. Steve served as an intern through the New England Center for Expository Preaching in New Hampshire and as an intern and elder at Harvest, getting much intensive real-life training in preaching, counseling, and leading God’s people. The Thompson family (Steve and Kim and daughters Faith, Sarah, Annabeth, and Charlotte) moved to Auburn, Maine in June 2014, to plug into the culture and engage in local ministry opportunities.  Soon after, God opened the door for Steve to become pastor at Turner Village Church.  Check out their fall 2018 video update.

 

Tsutserovs: Russia

 

Sasha Tsutserov, a Russian and former communist, is Rector and Professor of Biblical Studies at Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary. He previously studied at Asbury Theological Seminary (USA) and St Andrews University (Scotland). This wide range of experiences have enabled him to challenge contemporary thinking on John’s gospel, and especially important phrases which describe Jesus as being “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14) and one who imparts “grace and truth” to his disciples (John 1:17).

 

Sasha is pleased with the progress. "95% of all of our graduates are in ministry, which is a great number. They go and plant churches, they join a mission group, they go to the places where neither you or I (for that matter) would be able to go because Russian alone is 11 times zones. It’s a huge land.”

We currently have two families serving in areas of the world where local governments do not approve.  For security purposes, we do not have their personal info listed.  If you would like their info and prayer requests, please use our Contact Us page and we will get that to you.