When Hope in the Harvest Missions International (HITHMI) first began work in Liberia in 2012 out of 226 countries ranked by the CIA on the CIA Factbook website Liberia was ranked 225 poorest with a majority of the population living on less than $1.00 usd per day.
Today, according to the CIA Factbook website, Liberia is at 222/228 countries with a GDP/PPP of $1,428.00. In 2012 Liberia’s agriculture GDP (according to Tradingeconomics.com) was $226.30usd. In 2020 that number is $960usd.
While it is exciting to see this growth in income and in agriculture development there is more to be done and can be done. Such as; Liberians need to intuitively know how to be productive in agriculture production, produce enough food to feed their families, sell in the market, and develop (if desired) a business in agriculture value add.
The purpose of Hope in the Harvest Missions is to seek to cultivate Christ’s hope in underdeveloped and impoverished areas of the world through agricultural and personal transformation. Building on borrowed talent, we seek to impact attitudes and practices that will promote the economic and social well being of individuals, from a conviction that a changed life results from a Christ-changed heart.
We work through four areas:
Faithfulness: We have to work and carefully look after God’s garden, which He has entrusted to us. Genesis 2:15, “Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.” We have a 5-acre demonstration farm at the ARC. We put in practice everything we say that can done.
Humility: Jesus demonstrated and instructed us to walk in servant leadership. He spent His life fulfilling His Father’s desire for Him, never elevating Himself, but rather humbling Himself and exercising unselfishness. 1 Corinthians 10:31, “… whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”. We live and work alongside the Liberians. We work on time, to high standards, with minimum waste, and with Biblical principals as our base.
Mercy: As Christians it is our responsibility to be a faithful steward and teacher, so that others can benefit from your understanding. Luke 12:48b, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” We do Christ centered development. The only things we give away is the love of Christ and people, and agriculture knowledge.
Witness: We witness spiritually by leading people through their walk with Christ. As they, by the Holy Spirit, are convicted, they go to confession and repentance and thereafter, live by faith, to the appointment of Jesus as Lord and Savior. With this precious gift of salvation we have the right to be called children of God and have our names written in the book of eternal life.
Matthew 28:16-20, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Hope In The Harvest Missions International - What We Do
We extend the Gospel through Agriculture education. We do this by going into villages and teaching the poorest of the poor (there is no cost) and we do this as a part of a college curriculum in the Applied Sciences of Agriculture associate and bachelor degree programs on the campus of the Liberia International Christian College. We have a small demonstration farm and an Agriculture Research Center. We also work with a group of women, the Women’s Resource Group, teaching them life skills and small business skills from sewing, catering, and business management.