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SEPTEMBER 2017

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

FIVE YEARS OF FAITH

QUOTES AND REVIEWS

 

"This book tells the wonderful story of how God has worked though many people to bring about a hours that has been a harvest of wonderful things for so many."                   Monsignor David M. Lee, Pastor, Our Lady of Trinity Church

"Laugh, cry and marvel at the way God worked in the lives of Linda and Gary Tatu, founders of Harvest House, as they struggled to follow His will in their lives."         Lorene Hanley Duquin, Author

"Harvest House has been a place of warmth and welcome for the Youth Department and many teenagers in the Diocese of Buffalo.  One of our most challenging programs, Young Christians at Work, was the first event in the building.  That experience was the beginning of a friendship with the Tatus and the source of many blessings for youth ministry.  Young people love Harvest House and Harvest House cherishes and nourishes the gifts of youth.  It is a holy partnership."                                    Father Gary Bagley†, Former Director, Youth Department Diocese of Buffalo

"In 1993 the Volunteer Lawyers Project called asking me to handle securing tax exemption for a couple selling their home in the suburbs to buy an old church in South Buffalo.  When I  met with Gary and LInda, all I could think of was the bible story in Matthew 19:21, where Jesus says, 'Sell all you have, give to the poor and follow me.'  I never personally knew anyone who had answered the call so literally.  I was honored when Gary and LInda asked me to be on the Board and to assist them with legal matters." "What is it like five years later? The history of Christianity is full of individuals who have been punished for what they believe in.  What you read less about is the kind of challenges Gary and Linda have faced: neighbors who assumed the worst and were afraid of the unknown, using their political influences to bring citation after citation after citiation to a couple who put it all on the line to turn a decaying bulilding back into God's house.  That Harvest House wins city awards for beautiful landscaping is concrete evidence of physical revival of the property; the full schedule of retreats, meetings, and religious services and the demands of the baby ministry prove that Harvest House fills a big, big need in Buffalo."     John P. Hains †, Attorney at Law

"If I could, I'd tell you the whole story of how Harvest House came to be a place "where body and soul are nourished" in South Buffalo. It's a fascinating story of people living their faith in a profound way, trusting completely in God to get them through the trials and tribulations, and ultimately creating an amazing Christian place despite intense opposition. I didn't sell my suburban home to buy a neglected inner-city church. Gary and Linda Tatu did, and Linda has written a compelling, deeply engrossing page-turner that recounts all the joys and frustrations of making a holy place in a hostile world in her first ever book entitled "Five Years of Faith, the Harvest House Story." God chose the Tatus to make Harvest House a place where diverse people meet to grow closer to Christ. Born out of a Catholic evangelization retreat weekend called Cursillo, with direction from the Holy Spirit and help from the members of Koinonia, the Protestant equivalent of Cursillo, Harvest House became a reality that has since brought Lutherans, Methodist, Catholics, Episcopalians and many others together in the name of Jesus. Thanks to Gary's background in construction, the Spirit-led couple transformed an old, run-down building (the former South Presbyterian Church at 1782 Seneca Street in South Buffalo) into a place where retreats, basketball games, children and mother-focused ministries, and community meetings have enriched a city neighborhood while also serving as a beacon of light for the entire region. Harvest House was made possible by God, with help from the Tatus who have given their time, talent, and energy to make something great out of nothing. Much of Linda's book, which is written in a very honest, friend-to-friend manner, concerns the numerous obstacles Harvest House was up against, including many visits from city inspectors erroneously citing code violations. Despite all the negativity and opposition shown by neighbors and the city government, the Tatus persevered relying on the Lord to get them through. Linda's book is peppered with bold faced short statements meant to give readers encouragement and inspiration for the tough times, dealing with all the devil could throw at them, they are in the proper position to offer advice through Linda's book. One of the recurring statements is one the couple lives by: "Work as if everything depends on you and pray as if everything depends on God." There is story after story in "Five Years of Faith" about how God  came through for the Tatus.  The book is an excellent example of people living their faith, and being blessed by giving their all to those in need."       Mark Weber, The Word