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Week: August 13 – August 19

Week: August 13 – August 19

This week’s numbers: 

261 bins (261,000 pounds) of peaches processed
106 new stacks of peaches on the field
24,476 pounds of dried, sulfured peaches ready to ship
The Container Ministry picked up a shipment this week: 2,214 pounds of raisins, 7,043 pounds of peaches, and 33,022 pounds of soup mix is on its way to South Africa.
Thank you so much for helping to make possible this amazing gift of food and hope for the hungry! We could not do it without our volunteers from all over the world.
Church on the Rise (Roseburg, CA), Philobos group (Corona, CA), The Journey Youth Group (Lakewood, CA), Willamette Community Church (Albany, OR), foreign exchange students, the Zobel family, the Burch family, short and long-term volunteers, staff, Summer Staff, and backpackers from Spain, Peru, France, South Korea, Finland, Brazil, and England—thank you and God bless you for the gift of your time, energy, and passion for this ministry to the poor!
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1
Gleanings staff member Dean Ross suffered a massive heart attack on Friday, August 18. He was cooking the Love Feast dinner and collapsed suddenly.  Dean is now in heaven with the Lord. 
When people think of Dean, they think of his playful jokes and his big heart. Dean spoke in chapel recently about his big heart, which was literally enlarged because of scar tissue from his past heart attacks. 
When Dean came to know Jesus in 2010, after surviving the previous two heart attacks, he was “all in.” He never had any doubt that he was transformed and loved by God. He wanted to let people know that God loved them too. 
Dean and his wife Sue were married in 2014, and then completed a Discipleship Training School in Kona with YWAM. They joined the Gleanings staff less than a year ago, in the fall of 2016. The Gleanings staff had been praying for a dinner cook.
Dean loved cooking and did a fantastic job here at Gleanings. He cooked for people all the time. He would be eating one meal and thinking about the next one. He also managed the Gleanings gift shop, which was recently remodeled because of his vision for a new layout.
Dean lived life knowing that every day was a gift. Because his health was fragile, he wanted to experience life to the fullest. He would say, “Why not?” and “Let’s go!” He had a big heart for adventure, fun, people, animals, and for rescuing things that had no hope.
A memorial service will be held in mid-September, after his family celebrates his life back in Mission, BC. Please pray for peace and provision for Sue and their family. 
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18


God gave us one more day to live. Here are the thoughts we shared Saturday morning:
  • “Maybe this place is a springboard for you.”
  • “Sometimes all you can do is pray, and that’s the greatest weapon you have.”
  • “Staff: you leave a lasting impression.” 
  • “God really is present here.”
  • “Live in authentic community.”
  • “I was rejuvenated in Christ.”
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9


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