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Harvest Bridge

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Disaster Aid, Education, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Job Training, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief, Religion

Mission: Harvest Bridge equips indigenous Christian ministries in South Asia to serve more effectively, so that Christ will be glorified and individuals in these countries will have greater physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Results: Completely by God's grace, in some of the most persecuted, and closed countries in the world, hundreds of thousands of individuals have heard the gospel, tens of thousands have decided to follow Christ, and over 10,000 people have been baptized. Thousands of children have begun attending school, hundreds of men and women are gaining confidence through job training, and tens of thousands have been helped through disaster relief programs. By God's grace, our 268 native missionaries did this with a budget approximately the same as training and sending four Western missionaries.

Target demographics: Local South Asian Christians reach their own people for Christ in the most effective ways possible.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 268 pastors and missionaries in South Asia baptized 3,800 new believers, planted 123 churches, and trained another 1000 pastors and lay leaders. These pastors also helped 1000 children enroll in school, tutored another 400 in afterschool programs, helped over 100 people from oppressed and marginalized groups receive job training in marketable fields, and provided disaster relief to over 12,000 people.

Geographic areas served: South Asia, specifically, Andaman Islands (part of India), Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar), India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Tibet

Programs: pastor training conferences, financial resources, teaching materials, and a connection to the Global Church.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Purpose, integrity, and passion are three of the defining characteristics of Harvest Bridge. Committed to enabling boots on the ground from a native, local network undaunted by challenges both in and out of this world, Harvest Bridge is an excellent steward of its resources as an outreach group. The effect of a interconnected group of people spanning the globe is immeasurable, but this is the way it should be done. I look forward to keeping informed with the upcoming results.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the mission of this group and the confidence that every dollar I donate is used effectively to help the poor and spread the gospel. Thank you Harvest Bridge.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The work done by Harvest Bridge has a positive impact from a Christian as well as humanitarian perspective. It is a blessing to know that this organization makes the very most out of every donation given. I appreciate the work they do!

Donor

Rating: 5

Harvest Bridge has changed the way we think of missions. Their goal is "to equip indigenous Christian ministries in South Asia to serve more effectively." Because they are not creating ministries, but are supporting people who already live in these areas, Harvest Bridge is able to do humanitarian and missionary tasks for a fraction of the cost of traditional mission organizations. They have a very small U.S. staff who are very conscientious and prayerful about their work. They provide regular updates about the people/ministries they work with. The pastoral training, education and other support that Harvest Bridge provides are making a big impact in the lives of people in South Asia and also on our lives as we witness true faithfulness in action.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am always inspired by Harvest Bridge’s team. Its 260+ overseas partners are extremely dedicated and resourceful. Because they understand the language and culture, they can get work done very effectively at low cost. It is impressive that HB operates smoothly with only three US staff. I’m inspired by the recent newsletters of Andrew and Kate, who travel to very difficult places. They have great dedication and love, rejoicing with those who rejoice, and showing compassion for those who weep. They are incredible people!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been amazed by how much Harvest Bridge can accomplish with very little money, because it achieves its objectives using local people and local facilities. Harvest Bridge's greatest assets are its many dedicated, wise and spiritual partners throughout South Asia.

Ken T.1

Donor

Rating: 4

Excellent ministry that supports Indigenous pastors in Asia! Impressed with their work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The founder of Harvest Bridge has been a big personal mentor to me. He has used great integrity to incorporate the students of his late college into the mission of Harvest Bridge, and has thus equipped servants to help others.

Ron S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

The work of Harvest Bridge is only strategic, trustworthy, and excellent. Besides our monthly contribution, my wife and I have put Harvest Bridge in our will. We love Tim & Heidi and their vision!

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Kimberly87

Donor

Rating: 5

Harvest Bridge works very wisely and effectively with its resources and I deeply respected the mission and integrity behind this organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Harvest Bridge is an incredible organization that provides holistic care to individuals of deep need in a manner that minimizes expenses and maximizing sustained impact. Through my involvement with Harvest Bridge as a donor, i have had the privilege of seeing specific lives be completely transformed. It has been the most genuine organization that I have had the privilege to work with so far in my journey and Harvest Bridge should be recognized by all as an outstanding organization of positive influence.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered, I've donated, and I've traveled with Harvest Bridge. The men and women they support are hardworking, creative, and faithful in their ministry. I've supported and done ministry with many different solid mission organizations, and Harvest Bridge has an incredibly effective ministry in South Asia. God is working through the men and women they support. HB is humble and always willing to work with other organizations to accomplish goals, not compete with them. I am deeply grateful I get to support them in this ministry of building up and sending out the local church in South Asia.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Harvest Bridge! We support them through finances and prayer. Our church also supports harvest bridge.It is so wonderful to have an organization come along side indigenous pastors and missionaries and help them in training, finances, encouragement....and leave them to be the experts to reach their people. It's a very wise way to make use of finances. Harvest Bridge is reaching so many people with a small staff of people stateside. The principle of "working smarter and not harder." I thank God for this amazing ministry. I think they do a tremendous job on social media, letting their supporters and the public know what and who to pray for. There is so much persecution happening in the particular countries Harvest Bridge is helping and we are able to know so much because of the communication, social media and videos that are posted!

Marc19

Donor

Rating: 5

It has been an honor of mine to get to know Harvest Bridge and their incredible staff. The work they do in South Asia is immensely valuable in spreading the word of God. The words, actions, and heart of Harvest Bridge show their passion towards the people in not only South Asia, but also the world. It is always an enjoyable time getting to hear their recent updates and accomplishments. Harvest Bridge remains is in my top charities I recommend to others because of their commitment and dedication to being responsible with their finances.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love the emphasis on equipping nationals to reach nationals!

Donor

Rating: 5

After having had the opportunity to serve in India, my reflections about our role in foreign missions depicted finding indigenous partners who know the culture and language and empowering them to reach their people. In Harvest Bridge, this is the everyday mission. That is why I am personally behind the vision that Harvest Bridge has for the region of Southeast Asia. An added bonus is their cross-denominational networking with other organizations. If you too have a burden for the region and long for the kingdom of God to come in its fullness from the bottom of our societies upward, then come on board!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Harvest Bridge is making a tangible difference in the lives of the least of those in Southeast Asia. It's model is to bring resources to native and local activists to help them achieve what only they can know and do--the best for the community in which they live. HB works hard to facilitate physical and spiritual relief incognito. They're not looking for credit or accolades; they'd be just as happy to remain anonymous. But if recognition can expand their reach I hope the masses will find out about their incredible work and mission.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm incredibly impressed by Harvest Bridge's work. Instead of stepping in to fix, Harvest Bridge partners with and equips locals on the ground...which means the long-term impact and domino-effect will be exponentially greater. I appreciate the transparency and integrity of Harvest Bridge's staff. As a donor, I have no doubt that my contributions are being used in the best way possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

While interning with Harvest Bridge I learned that they achieve a jaw-dropping amount of social, economic, humanitarian, and job-related good for being as lean on costs as they are. Every dollar is maximized, spent on crucial needs or solid, promising investments. Even more impressive, Harvest Bridge empowers their South Asian partners to lead initiatives and spearhead initiatives in their own communities. The US office works closely with the partners through strong relationships, NOT giving orders of how things should be run. Each member of Harvest Bridge I worked with was passionate about their mission, dedicated, able, and trustworthy. This is one of the best nonprofits we could hope to invest in.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is how missions should be done. It should be done through the local church in a particular country. Locals know their own people, they know the language, they know the dangers. They know what it is to suffer persecution and can honestly tell non-believers that it really is worth the pain and suffering to follow Jesus. An outsider cannot say that.
I've volunteered with Harvest Bridge over the years and have seen just how effective it is. One of the hardest things about financially supporting missions in a South Asian culture is how corrupt the system is. It is hard to know who is a real Christian, and who is using the label just to get money. But Harvest Bridge has worked to create trusted relationships with people and to build in accountability. This means that every dollar you put into this ministry is being used in the way it should.
I grew up in a missionary family; I've seen the spectrum of ministry approaches. I can safely say that within the world of South Asia, coming alongside indigenous Christians is the most effective and God honoring way to reach people for Christ. Other organizations do this type of ministry, but it is rare to find an organization that can use it's few resources so efficiently.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harvest Bridge begins with a common goal, and partners with seven different companies to aid in countless ways. Harvest Bridge is financially responsible organization with great integrity. I have had the privilege of coming alongside those involved with Harvest Bridge and have learned so much. Their commitment to helping our partners in Asia have expanded my worldview, and have given me an appreciation and love for those across the world.

1 Caroline K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Harvest Bridge for over two years and have been blessed to learn about the miracles and practical work the Lord is doing through them and their partners in Asia. Harvest Bridge works and responds in a godly, efficient, and financially responsible way to both crisis and everyday needs of the people they serve. I fully believe in their mission and model, and highly recommend supporting Harvest Bridge in any way you can!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being a missions organization ourselves, we are well aware of the struggles and hard work that it takes to run an effective and respectable work. But after partnering with Harvest Bridge for almost 6 years now, we can safely say that this organization exceeds in both effectiveness and respectability.

GCP founder, Axel Lanausse, has had a long-standing friendship with Harvest Bridge founder, Timothy Mech, and has seen that he is an honest, detail-oriented, and responsible man of God. Subsequently, we believe that these characteristics aptly describe his organization as well.

Harvest Bridge is an organization that for years has been helping hundreds of native missionaries take the Gospel to the Lost. Harvest Bridge has recommended excellent missionaries who have a great fervor for the Lord and who are doing a very effective work among their people groups for our organization to help support.

Here in Global Commission Partners, we ask for many reports, updates, and photographs from organizations we support in order to maintain accountability with our donors. Harvest Bridge has always been excellent at reporting in a timely and thorough manner and we have never had trouble with a lack of communication or accountability.

We believe that this organization is doing a great work for the Lord and we are excited to continue partnering with them to finish the task of spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth.