Meghan Harris And Other Madison Residents Help Migrant Worker FamiliesOct 18th, 2011 | By Staff | Category: Community News
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
When it comes to listening to God’s call and making a difference, Meghan Harris is a person to look up to for inspiration. While many people wait and wait for God’s call to become clear, Harris recognized the call as soon as it was made and went to action right away.
Her story begins in Africa in June of this year. She spent six weeks of the summer traveling across Africa, from Tanzania to South Africa; visiting a total of six countries. She explained the moment God’s call hit her. “I have always had very vivid dreams and one early morning while asleep in a bunk bed under a mosquito net in Tanzania, I had a dream. When I woke up I climbed out of bed grabbed my iPad and began journaling. That morning God showed me what He wanted me to do when I came back to Madison.”
As for why God chose her, she has no idea. She said, “Someone cried out to The Father and for whatever reason He chose to use me to answer their prayers. So for the next weeks in Africa I made a plan to put into action when I came back.”
That is when Harris began working on her baskets. She contacted Soneyda Jarvis, who is in charge of the Migrant Worker Families’ program in Madison, and asked what should be in each basket. Each basket contains 5 pounds of rice, 4 pounds of beans, a bag of Maseca (corn flour), and either a 51-ounce can of Gatorade or a few hygiene products.
“Mrs. Jarvis said she had 60 families. That didn’t become my goal, because a goal is something you hope to achieve. I knew since God gave me the dream that all my hope was in Him. The Bible says He completes what He starts. So this wasn’t a goal, this was more like a fact. There would be 60 baskets filled,” she said of her task.
She was able to accomplish this task through the help of many individuals in the community. Madison Community Bank, Junior Auxilary and even Dusty Cooper from south Florida helped. Together, it was possible to fill 60 baskets and reusable bags with food, hygiene products, a Spanish Bible and a Spanish Tract.
“This was a miracle done by God. So, He gets all the praise, not me or anyone else. He alone gets all the honor and praise,” said Harris.
Harris plans to continue this ministry in the future. She hoped to be able to finish more at the beginning of the 2012. She said, “I am hoping that it becomes an ongoing thing.”
Anyone or any organization that would like to help in the future are welcomed and encouraged to. Monetary donations can be sent to Fellowship Baptist Church, memoed as the Migrant Worker Families.