Behind the Scenes at Good Samaritan Mission

Behind the Scenes at Good Samaritan Mission


1. Begin Fall Session of classes at Wimauma Community Church of God.
2. Add a brand-new Crochet Class as taught by Sharon Terrell (pictured above)
3. Mix it all together, sprinkling prayer generously.
4. Yields: 8-10 women learning a new skill that will expand their world and will benefit their families.

“Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives.”–Titus 2:3-5, MSG

Society of St. Andrew, Gleaning Network, News and Stats

Accomplished January – July 2018
9 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
4 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
Total of 13 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
38.8 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
3,096 Events Held and 15,560 Volunteers Engaged
637 Unique Participating Farms and Other Providers
1,255 Unique Agencies Received and Distributed Food

News & Events

Harvest of Hope Draws Participants from Many States to Virginia
On a weekend in July, volunteers ranging from age 7 to 77, from Missouri, Virginia, and North Carolina participated in the two-day mission trip in Lynchburg, Virginia. Potatoes went to the Salvation Army, Fairview Christian Church in Lynchburg, God’s Storehouse in Danville, Gleaning for the World in Appomattox, Southside Gleaning in Farmville, and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Two Harvest of Hope Events Still Available!
Just two Harvest of Hope Intergenerational events still have spaces available – check them out and sign up soon:
September 28-30 in Pennsylvania
November 2-4 in Georgia

Mississippi Celebrates Watermelon Season
This time of year, the watermelons are ripe in the fields and the volunteers spread out to load pickup trucks. Everyone loves getting fresh watermelons delivered to their communities and food pantries, and SoSA in Mississippi has not disappointed.

NUMB Rides Again to Fight Hunger in Nebraska with SoSA
The Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger (NUMB), celebrating its 23rd year in 2018, is a four-day camping bike tour sponsored by the Great Plains United Methodist Conference Mercy & Justice Team. The group of 110 riders rode for 231 miles and raised more than $60,000 for four organizations, including SoSA.

Indiana Office Goes to the State Fair
The new Indiana office has been busy setting up gleaning with farms and recruiting volunteers. Dawn Barnes and Ann Radtke also introduced themselves to the agricultural community by participating at the Indiana State Fair, setting up a display in the Perdue Agricultural Building.

SoSA and the Southeast Produce Council Send Food to Martin County, Kentucky
The Southeast Produce Council’s RAMP program recently partnered with the Society of St. Andrew, which worked on the logistics of the donation process, to acquire a massive donation of produce exceeding 120,000 pounds to feed numerous impoverished families in rural Appalachia.

Georgia Provides the Sweet Corn
SoSA volunteers in Georgia met at a farm near Albany to harvest thousands of ears of sweet corn to provide to the area food bank. As always, these volunteers enjoyed being up to their ears in ears.

Florida AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Works to Expand Gleaning
Last month, SoSA’s Florida AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, Elise Tillema, met with the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger. She spoke about the benefits of gleaning, the history of SoSA, and how the Tampa network and SoSA can work together toward common goals. Several of the organization’s nonprofits have already begun follow-up. SoSA Florida will work with these new partnerships as gleaning continues to expand statewide.

First Annual Memorial Potato Drop Held in Florida
Nearly four dozen volunteers representing nine groups gathered at Trinity Lutheran Church to bag 12,500 pounds of potatoes for 13 area food banks and agencies. The event, the First Annual Neena Eisenberg Potato Drop, was organized by Sam Eisenberg, whose wife of 66 years passed away this spring.

North Carolina Shares Tomatoes
Youth from Dilworth Church in Charlotte gleaned about 2,800 pounds of gorgeous tomatoes at Frank Patterson Farm / Twin Oak Farms in Rowan County. Gleanings went to East Lincoln Christian Ministry and to agencies in three counties.

Peaches Distributed to Agencies in Alabama
A load of peaches was gleaned by this group and was sent for distribution in Tuscaloosa. Thanks to friends from Alberta BC and Patton Realty for gathering early on July 13 and working the peach orchard.

Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary Anniversary

Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary Anniversary

This year Hyde Park’s mission partner the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary celebrates their 25 anniversary. The Seminary is the largest United Methodist seminary in Europe, currently serving students from eight countries who study in three languages: Estonian, Russian and English. Students receive internationally accredited, university-level training. Their studies prepare them for Christian ministry across the Baltic region and the former Soviet Union. Learn more about their program and meet some of their students in this video.

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Portico Workforce Housing

Hyde Park in combination with The Portico, Love Inc., and Second Half Properties launched the Portico Workforce Housing Initiative in July 2016 with the opening of one house. It provides low-cost safe housing and wrap-around support for homeless men who are working but cannot find a place to live. We have served eight men since the Initiative began, and another house will be available soon. For more information, visit Love INC’s website To support, serve or get involved, contact Roger Copp, Joe Franz,  Vicki Walker or Justin LaRosa.

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