Golf tournament to help relieve debt

Harvest Camp seeks community participation in golf tourney
Apr. 10, 2013 @ 06:01 AM

Paying off a debt can be a tremendous struggle.
For residents at His Laboring Few Harvest Camp in Trinity, the challenge to pay off a metaphorical debt to society looms large; so does the $30,000 debt which weighs heavily on the minds of those in charge of shepherding the residents.
Brandon Byerly, president of Harvest Camp, organized a captain's choice golf tournament set for Saturday at Winding Creek in Thomasville because he wishes to see His Laboring Few ministries expand.
"We're looking for inventive ways to pay the place off," Byerly said. "I know it's a way that we can bring folks in who will give to the ministry, but I also know it's a way to give back to those folks. We feel like the Lord is pressing us to pay the camp off this year, and we're going to need a few dollars to do it. We hope that through the Lord leading folks in their generosity, they'll facilitate that process."
The first golf tournament will be held in support of a spiritual staple of the Thomasville community. His Laboring Few ministers to bikers, recovering addicts, prostitutes, homeless and needy. It's Harvest Camp, located in Trinity, is a drug and alcohol program to aid the recovery of many men like Tracey Bell.
Bell attributes much of the success he has found readjusting to the demands of life to a 90-day program which gives individuals a haven to get right before re-entering the fray.
"I think a lot of us have struggled with the Lord," Bell said. "It's a little bit of a struggle when you first get here. You're missing home, you're missing your way of life, your kids and wife. But after you've been here a week or two and start to settle in and you realize you're around a lot of godly people who understand the Word and can educate you on the Word, it really starts to sink in. It starts to become real to you."
Bell and his colleagues establish spiritual roots by attending services twice a day, while also toiling on a working farm to provide produce for the camp, as well as the Father's Table — an organization that feeds less fortunate.
Byerly said his goal is to raise $30,000 this year to pay off the camp's debt. Scott Baker, pastor at Harvest Camp, envisions the debtless future of a place where he once participated in the program himself.
"Once we get that paid off, we can really kick things into gear," Baker said. "We have future plans for a free graveyard, a church in that field (on campus). We have a lot of things that we can't do until we own it."
Harvest Camp is funded solely by donations. For more information on ministries of His Laboring Few, contact Byerly at 918-2935.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or kennedy@tvilletimes.com.