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Local community is church's mission field

Local community is church's mission field

December 11th, 2010 in News

Souls are finding salvation at Harvest Time Ministries Church, Holts Summit.

In the 10 years since Pastor Chuck and Brenda Norris founded the local church, more than 70 people have come to know of Jesus Christ.

That is a blessing to the couple who obeyed when they heard God's call to start a new work in Mid-Missouri with only six people.

"A lot of people said it wouldn't last six months," Norris said.

One hundred members later, Harvest Time Ministries has a permanent building and a vibrant worship program.

The music services are led with a country style, and Norris' simple yet charismatic preaching style benefits from raised hands and an "Amen" or "Praise The Lord" from the congregation.

The Holy Spirit gave him the boldness and drive to step out in faith, Brenda said.

"We just believed God," Norris said. "I feel good because I'm pleasing God by being obedient."

The salvation message is a priority.

Harvest Ministries' goal is "to win as many souls to the kingdom," Norris said.

After a revival about a year ago, Harvest Time Ministries had 19 candidates for baptism.

"I'm convinced all we have to do is present it, and the Holy spirit will call you," Norris said.

The non-denominational services have become a spiritual home for people of various faith backgrounds including Baptist, Pentecostal, Catholic and Mormon.

"We just preach the Bible," Norris said.

More than 20 members often can be found at a Holts Summit restaurant after Sunday morning and evening services.

"What we offer more than anything is just love," Norris said. "We do a lot of fellowship. Love and fellowship draws people to us."

The congregation considers the local community its missions field. They help those in need.

"We try to make people's lives a little easier," Norris said.

After recently retiring from his secular job, Norris is looking forward to having even more time to pour into this mission.

But he's been a full-time pastor since Harvest Time Ministries opened.

The couple moved to Jefferson City 22 years ago to be closer to family. Norris has worked in corrections, as a truck driver and as a grocery manager.

"The Lord wasn't done with me yet," Norris said. "He had been laying on my heart that he had a work for me to do."

So although they were active members of local congregations, they knew this ministry was waiting for them.

The Norrises invested their life savings.

And "the Lord's paid us back, not in a bank account but in blessings," Norris said.