We are the governance body of Hope in the Harvest committed to serve the mission of Hope In The Harvest
I’m Gary Adams, my heart is with missions. I serve as Missions Chairman at Christ United Methodist Church in Westfield, IN and have travelled to Liberia serving in the bush and at the ARC. I believe it is definitely important to be living out the Great Commission: “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,” — Matt. 28:19
I’m Matt Beardsley, and I am an attorney and CPA practicing in Frankfort. I am excited to be a part of Travis and Gina’s ministry and I hope that through God’s grace that any talents I have to offer will help the mission to flourish. I have admired Travis and Gina for many years for the enthusiasm that they have in everything that they do. Their passion for mission work is infectious. I was blessed to witness this firsthand on a trip to Honduras last fall, and I look forward to being a part of it in the future.
I have been employed at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church for 31 years. I was a member of the Thorntown Presbyterian Church until 2009 when I transferred my membership here. I have been the financial secretary here at First EPC since 1985, so I feel that I have the experience needed to be the treasurer of Hope in the Harvest. I was raised in the Disciples of Christ Church and transferred to Presbyterian as an adult. I have been searching for a way to become more active in sharing my faith and feel that working with missions might be a way to do that, even though it might only be by staying home and supporting the people who are doing the “real work.” I was especially drawn to Travis and Gina’s mission to teach “farming God’s way” and to help people learn how to feed themselves that way.
I’m Brian Smith, and I work at Lamb Farms in Lebanon, IN. I am also president of Agri-Stewards which strives to educate the subsistence farmer in third world countries to become better farmers through the Word of God. Isaiah 58 speaks of Gods desire to break the yoke of the oppressed. I am excited about what God will accomplish through Travis and Gina by educating and developing the oppressed.
Hello, I’m Charlotte Long. I joined the HITHMI team after following their ministry for several years. Watching the impact of Growing God’s Way on the people of Liberia and Gospel message ignited an excitement to be a part of the ministry! When not working and supporting HITHMI I enjoy spending time with my family in Texas.
I’m Shelly Lea, and work as a video production manager at Wiley and Sons. I traveled internationally for the first time when I participated in a mission trip with Hope in the Harvest Missions International. I was so excited, passion filled and changed that upon returning to Indiana the board asked me to join the team and I accepted with the blessings of my family. A year later our youngest son joined me to make a return trip to see the amazing work of sharing the gospel through agriculture in a country that needs the love Christ to feed their souls and produce to feed their families.
I’m Matt Crawford,My wife Amy & I are the Mission Directors for the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Frankfort, Indiana. We live on our farm near Kirklin, IN. Our daughter Katie is currently working on her Master’s Degree at Ball State University. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University and in addition to farming, I’ve worked for Caterpillar, Inc. for 30 years. One of the great things about doing mission work for the church is that you get to meet all kinds of wonderful people in places like Liberia and other countries around the world. For example, In 1959 a government commission set out to find the “most beautiful woman in Guatemala.” The winner was Concepcion Ramirez, pictured here with me recently in her mountain Mayan village of Santiago. Her trophy was having her portrait minted on the 25 centavos coin for many years. Not only has she been an activist for the rights of indigenous people everywhere, but also she is, I think, still the most beautiful woman in all of Guatemala.
Travis is one of the HITHMI cofounders and lived with his wife, Gina, five years in Liberia on the campus of the Liberia International Christian College, where he headed the design and building of the Agriculture Research Center (ARC) and built demonstration farms of row crops, fruits, vegetables and livestock. After five years of service Sheets returned to the USA to serve the City of Frankfort again, as the Director of Parks and Recreation. Sheets has an extensive history with project management both locally and internationally. He has travelled to more than a dozen countries working in agriculture development and leading a multitude of building projects. In 2021 Sheets returned to Liberia to serve for Agri-Corps as the Chief of Party.
Hello, I am Kim Lumkes and the Lord has put many experiences in my life that have led me to be part of HITH board. Throughout homeschooling over the last 12 years, I got to know Bill and Holly Sebald. I saw their desire for serving in Liberia grow and prayed for them often as they were deciding if moving to Liberia as full-time missionaries were God’s will. Through the Sebald’s, I met Travis and Gina Sheets and learned more about HITH and even attended a Farming God’s Way training. God used many experiences over the last 10 years to also teach me about missions and agriculture overseas. I was blessed to help lead student groups through my husband’s job at Purdue to many different countries. The one that made the largest impact was going to Cameroon, Africa where we lived in a village and helped with agriculture and built a sustainable 3 wheeled vehicle. God opened my eyes to a global world and a love for those people. I want to be involved in helping those at the ARC in Liberia and hope to go there to serve in the near future.