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Harvest Bridge

Equipping South Asian Christians to reach their own people for Christ

Grove City, PA   |  https://harvestbridge.org/

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.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our primary goal is to help indigenous South Asian Christians reach their own people for Christ in the most effective ways possible.

We accomplish this goal by supporting the ministries our indigenous partners believe are most important for reaching their people. These ministries and needs differ from region to region, and country to country. Thus, our work includes supporting schools and orphanages, disaster relief and economic development, church planting and pastor training - the list goes on.

All these activities are focused on one thing: helping the South Asian church spread the Gospel in both word and deed.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Kate R.

Senior Consultant

Mr. Andrew C.

Main address

P.O Box 284

Grove City, PA 16127 USA

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Formerly known as

Evangelical Fellowship International

EIN

26-3403493

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Economic Development (S30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Globally, over 3 billion people belong to ethnic groups in which few people, if any, are followers of Jesus Christ. Due to their lack of contact with Christians, the overwhelming majority of these 3 billion people will live their entire lives without ever hearing the Gospel and without seeing it lived out authentically in the lives of Christ's followers.

Nearly half of these 3 billion people reside in South Asia, a region that also struggles with persecution of religious minorities, some of the highest poverty rates in the world, and numerous other societal issues.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Church Planting, Evangelism & Discipleship

Using our extensive network, Harvest Bridge identifies indigenous missionaries who plant churches among unreached people groups (UPGs) throughout South Asia. We collect information about these missionaries, meet them individually, verify the authenticity of their work, and then help other nonprofits and individuals like you come alongside them.

Over 200 missionaries receive modest levels of monthly support through our efforts, not including grants we make for other ministry purposes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Not only do our partners face natural disasters, violence, and political upheaval, they are ready to respond to these circumstances on behalf of others. When a disaster hits, our partners develop a plan to provide relief, and we supply financial resources through our emergency funds or grants from other organizations like Samaritan's Purse and UMCOR. Whether an earthquake in Nepal, flooding in Pakistan, or a cyclone in India, our partners are dedicated and faithful to serve others, even at their own risk.

Our relief efforts typically provide emergency assistance to the hardest-hit areas, with the goal of helping families get back on their feet and resume healthy lives. Our partners also train communities to prepare effectively for future disasters. In 2016 alone, over 6,000 people were helped through these efforts.

Through several projects in Pakistan, we have seen age-old ethnic prejudices subside and sometimes disappear. Relief efforts have also fostered goodwill in other countries, opening doors wide for the Gospel. That is long-term success!

Population(s) Served
Adults
People with physical disabilities

Perhaps the single greatest need in the Christian church worldwide is for trained leaders to shepherd the growing number of people coming to vital Christian faith.

This need is especially acute in countries where many pastors cannot afford formal education. Dr. George Van Pelt Campbell, Harvest Bridge’s Director of Pastor Training, has written five books for pastors and holds annual training conferences.

We provide affordable, translated copies of our books to local pastors. Using our materials, Rev. James Pandian, our Asia Director, has given seminars throughout India and in most South Asian countries. These have impacted several thousand indigenous pastors and missionaries.

In many countries, we are blessed to come alongside church planting trainers who are trusted to lead by organizations like The Timothy Initiative, and several different denominations. We encourage collaboration with other trusted ministries to cultivate accountability, teachability, church unity and respect.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Adults

Asian nations are modernizing, creating new opportunities for well-educated and technologically savvy young people. But what about the poorest of the poor? Without schooling, these children face futures of hard manual labor at unlivable wages, begging, or crime.

For only $50, we can equip a child with remedial education, training in hygiene, and the school supplies they need to enter school and complete their first year. We've had the joy of seeing children replace low expectations with dreams of becoming engineers, businessmen, teachers and doctors.

Many parents, seeing the benefits to their kids, are learning the value of education and making sacrifices to pay for children to continue schooling after the first year. Some children even come home and teach their parents what they’ve learned! With just $50, not only is a child helped, but his or her whole family benefits!

Impoverished children we enroll in school sometimes need help to succeed because (1) they missed earlier grades, (2) their parents are illiterate and cannot help them, and (3) they live in conditions not conducive to studying. This led to our School Success program.

Harvest Bridge provides a small allowance, ranging from $12-$24 per month, to help 20 churches make their facilities available as study centers in the evening. Church members serve as tutors. On average, between 350-500 children attend these programs regularly each year.

Poor families are impressed by how the local Christians are helping their children; as a result, many parents have turned to faith in Christ!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

We assist local ministries in establishing vocational programs, including tailoring schools, micro-enterprises that produce goods such as brooms, garlands or sandals, and an apprenticeship program which teaches skilled trades to unschooled youth. Through our Gypsy and Tribal Empowerment (GATE) program in Southern India, we also train pastors to start vocational programs in impoverished and marginalized areas.

Gypsy, Dalit and tribal and communities suffer from inadequate housing, low-paying jobs, and insufficient food. While larger impoverished groups receive attention from the local government and humanitarian organizations, smaller groups of fewer than 100 families are often overlooked. This is where Harvest Bridge steps in.

Gypsy and Tribal Empowerment (GATE) was started in Tamil Nadu, India by a local HB partner, Prabha, to train pastors and provide community development services to gypsy and tribal people. This includes helping them gain rights to land, education, job training, and proper water and electricity supplies. Over twenty communities, consisting of several thousand families, have benefited from this ministry.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new Christians baptized

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Church Planting, Evangelism & Discipleship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

New followers of Jesus are baptized through the ministries of our local partners in the eight countries where we work. Baptisms occur after thorough instruction in the faith.

Number of churches and house churches planted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Church Planting, Evangelism & Discipleship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our local partners actively forge into new areas, planting churches that normally start as small house gatherings and grow as the number of Christians increases.

Number of church leaders trained through conferences and seminary training programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Pastor and Missionary Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Theological training is an enormous need in the South Asian church. Our partners' theological education programs mainly consist of training conferences and accelerated seminary courses.

Number of church planters who received ministry tools to aid their outreach efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Church Planting, Evangelism & Discipleship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We partner with other Christian NGOs to provide tools to enhance the ministries of missionaries. Tools include gospel tracts, backpacks, walking shoes, rain coats, flashlights, motorbikes, and more.

Number of Christians who received medical, legal and/or relocation assistance following persecution

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Humanitarian Relief & Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Following Christ in the countries where we work often brings persecution from family and community. We work with other Christian NGOs to assist those who suffer various forms of persecution.

Number of Bibles distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Church Planting, Evangelism & Discipleship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In many of the areas where our Asian partners serve, Bibles are either unavailable or too expensive for most people to afford. We distribute Bibles both to new Christians and seekers.

Number of children educated in schools started by our Asian partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Children's Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Several of our Asian missionaries have started schools to serve poor communities where children are not attending school. Our partners also help enroll children in existing schools.

Number of children from poor families who received monthly sponsorship

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Children's Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In two of the countries where we work, our partners run homes to care for children who lost parents due to war, disease or neglect. These homes provide a caring, Christ-centered environment.

Number of children who participated in after-school tutoring programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Children's Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In many parts of South Asia, children need additional tutoring outside of school hours to overcome barriers to success. Our partners run quality after-school tutoring programs for this purpose.

Number of ultra-poor individuals who received vocational training, started or expanded their own business, and/or acquired employment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Economic Development

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our micro-grants enable families to rise above extreme poverty by providing skills training, business coaching, productive assets such as livestock or sewing machines, and counseling.

Number of people served by disaster relief and community development programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Humanitarian Relief & Rehabilitation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

When disasters such as floods, landslides, and earthquakes strike, our partners spring quickly into action. They also teach communities how to prepare for and mitigate the impact of disasters.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Harvest Bridge's goal is to equip 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.

This encapsulates four important ideas:

1. Rather than sending our own staff to start ministries in Asia, we identify local Asian ministries that already have proven to be effective and accelerate their work by equipping them with training, relationships, and material support.

2. Equipping local ministries is a high-impact strategy because it is respectful of local culture and it leverages local talent, knowledge, and other resources.

3. South Asia is a region where foreign missionary dollars go very far, because Christians are a tiny minority and extreme poverty is widespread.

4. Harvest Bridge's mission statement recognizes that the proclamation and demonstration of the Gospel go hand-in-hand.

Our vision is for unreached people groups to gain access to the Gospel, for poor and marginalized communities to be empowered and lifted out of poverty, and for underprivileged children to be equipped with the education and resources necessary to achieve their dreams.

Our strategy is to equip existing local ministries rather than sending Americans to start new ones. Local people already understand the language and culture and can work at much lower cost. We make it possible for these ministries to accelerate and expand their work by connecting them with like-minded organizations and training, sharing ideas, and providing material support, which includes both equipment and financial assistance. Following Christ's example, our partners both proclaim the Gospel and alleviate suffering through economic development programs for the extremely poor and marginalized, and various other humanitarian programs.

The benefits of working through local ministries are particularly high in the difficult places where we work – communities where both Christians and foreign visitors are rare. Americans who travel to these areas can put themselves and their local hosts in danger. Furthermore, the presence of an American creates the expectation of handouts, which complicates the proclamation of the Gospel and attempts to minister to people holistically.

Harvest Bridge can be thought of as a switchboard connecting Asian ministries, international NGOs, and American donors. When our Asian partners find an opportunity or face a need, we can frequently find someone in our network that can help. When an NGO makes plans to provide relief to survivors of earthquakes or floods, we can connect the NGO to our reliable Asian partners and help with the necessary paperwork. When donors are interested in helping with a particular need in a particular nation, often we can find a project within our network that fits their interests. Often, Harvest Bridge has its own ideas for projects. If there is interest from our Asian partners and donors, then we can implement these as well.

Regardless of who proposes a particular project, we move forward with projects only if they are consistent with our mission and sound in their methodology and benefits.

Relationships are Harvest Bridge's most important assets. We work regularly with 274 indigenous missionary partners in eight South Asian countries, along with thousands of other indigenous missionaries who have benefited from one or more of our programs.

We have a proven accountability structure with regular reporting requirements, financial safeguards, and country & regional leaders. Throughout South Asia, we have access to local churches and talented people who understand the language and culture, and who help us to get God's work done in cost-effective, culturally appropriate ways.

Harvest Bridge also has strong relationships with other Western NGOs. In 2017, nearly half of our work was financed by other humanitarian or missionary organizations. Our main limitation is that we are a young organization with limited finances and human resources in the US.

Harvest Bridge began in 2008 with only $1,325. By God's grace but with few worldly resources, we have grown into an organization that has trained thousands of pastors, educated hundreds of children, and supports 274 indigenous missionaries in eight countries.

In 2017 alone:

- Over 3,700 new followers of Jesus were baptized through our 274 indigenous partners in eight countries.

- 34 churches and 311 house churches were planted by our Asian partners.

- Over 860 pastors and lay leaders were trained through conferences and condensed seminary courses conducted by our Asian partners.

- 115 church planters received ministry tools to enhance their outreach efforts, such as rain coats, walking shoes, gospel tracts, backpacks and more.

- 35 Christians were helped with medical, legal and/or relocation assistance following severe persecution.

- More than 2,000 Bibles were distributed in areas where Bibles are in short supply.

- More than 550 children were educated in schools started and operated by our partners, and over 1,200 received school supplies.

- Over 560 children participated in HB-sponsored after school tutoring programs.

- Through our partners' social entrepreneurship efforts, 294 extremely poor individuals received apprenticeship training, started or expanded their own businesses, or acquired employment.

- 3,440 people benefited from relief and development programs, including flood relief, hygiene and sanitation education, disaster preparedness training, and free medical clinics.

Much work remains. Harvest Bridge is still relatively unknown in the USA, and short of both funds and personnel. We seek to increase funding for our ministry, and raise awareness in the US about God's work in South Asia and the trials, courage, and accomplishments of the South Asian church.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Harvest Bridge

Board of directors
as of 11/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kimberly Garrett

George Van Pelt Campbell

Grove City College

Katrina Wolinski

Cardiff Software

Cedric Lewis

CIRDEC Consulting, LLC

Alan Rice

Grove City College

Erika F Tallerico

Grossman Yanak & Ford LLP

Evan Feinberg

Stand Together

Cliff Hovis

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/8/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data