All Aboard Harvest | Tracy: Please come back
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Tracy: Please come back

Garden City, Kansas – The day the boys from the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children came to visit the field will be one of my most favorite memories of the 2017 wheat harvest.

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do!

From left to right…Tim, Colten and Kyle.

It was a blessing to me to see the excitement in these boys’ eyes. None of them had any idea what they were about to experience when they left their cottage that morning. Their wonderment at the large combine, tractor and truck did my heart good to see them so interested in what we were doing and to watch the machines working through their eyes. Kyle, Colten and Tim were their names. I don’t know anything about their situation or why they were calling OBHC home, and it didn’t matter. The reality is they called it home, they felt safe, they had food to eat and they had someone to show them love. 

The mission of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children is to demonstrate God’s love by providing hope through empowering children and their families to follow Christ.

Mike Williams loaded the boys up and brought them to the field to experience harvest. They came to learn about wheat and where their food comes from. This. Is. Awesome. Education by experience… the very best kind of learning, period! I’ve always thought our younger generations need to learn about life by experiencing life. There is no better teacher.

Mike also explained to me the dire need for more services such as what is offered by OBHC. He told me there were 10,000 children in the State of Oklahoma ALONE that would qualify for their programs. They have enough room for 200. The boys stay at the cottages free of charge. They receive everything they would otherwise be lacking – food, love and safety. I have a heart for kids and all I wanted to do was take them all home with me. I don’t think Jim would probably allow for that. The three that came to the field were well-mannered and very respectful! I was in love with all three of them.

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do!

From left to right – Mike Williams, Colten, Jim, Tim and Kyle.

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do!

Colten was all about the truck.

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do!

Colten and Kyle checking out the tractor.

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do!

Kyle and Colten in the cab.

Z Crew: Because it's what harvesters do!

Kyle looking into the grain cart.

Tim was the most talkative of the group. He told me he really likes Christian music, pizza and his girlfriend. OBHC jumped on board with All Aboard knowing what a wonderful program it is in telling the story of the harvester. They also have a very real need and a very easy way for farmers to be able to help. You see, OBHC relies on private donations from private donors. They receive NO GOVERNMENT assistance. And they like it that way. Do you also have a heart for kids and our future? Please consider the 10 Acre Challenge (donating just 10 acres), and here’s how it works.


GROW: Sow your seed, and say your prayers. Let God do the rest.

GIVE: Donate a portion of what you are blessed with to children and families at Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children(OBHC). Some farmers choose to give 10 acres worth of crop production. This can be donated through your local co-op. Contact Mike Williams, whom will collect the gift. Examples: grain, lumber, canola, cotton, corn, milo, wheat, etc.

CHALLENGE: Challenge your buddies to do the same. Together, the impact of your gifts will help children and families in a great big way.

Won’t you please consider? If you could have seen these three boys, you too would understand why I feel passionate about this. What a wonderful program they have. These kids have an advantage over many others their age, because they are learning what it takes to be productive adults. Good job OBHC! Thank you for sponsoring All Aboard Wheat Harvest and for bringing the kids to the field to experience what it takes to get food to their table. And… please come back!

All Aboard Wheat Harvest™ is sponsored by High Plains Journal and John Deere. Tracy Zeorian can be reached at

  • Tim
    Posted at 19:59h, 29 June

    I’m glad you’re luck changed a little for the better. Where did you pick up the job we’re seeing now?

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 23:45h, 29 June

      Near Garden City. Jim made a phone call to an acquaintance the night we found out we lost the other acres to hail and it “panned” out.

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 01:12h, 01 July

      Near Garden City. We should be finished in a couple of days again.

  • Tom A
    Posted at 11:39h, 30 June

    Giving those kids a positive influence for just a day could do wonders in their lives. Hope you are able to pick up acre’s as you go.

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 01:11h, 01 July

      Thank you, Tom! It was a GREAT day! I loved every bit of it and also hoped that it would have made a difference in their life. As far as acres go – we were able to get some near Garden City. We should be finished with them in a couple of days and then we’ll be in the “looking” mode once again.

  • Tom Stegmeier
    Posted at 17:18h, 01 July

    That is truly special giving those boy’s taste of Harvest. We Have a Baptist Seminary here in Cochrane AB. Our next door neighbour’s work there. Glen & Sharey Watson ,He grew up in Mission TX. her roots are from Yukon OK. Sharey has that Okie drawl. Love it!! Glad the Z crew pic’d up some more acres.

  • Mike Williams
    Posted at 13:19h, 06 July

    The boys had a great time! Thank you Jim and Tracy for your hospitality and willingness to teach the boys new things. One of the boys still insists he going to be a truck driver. You guys impressed him. Thanks again!

    • Z Crew
      Posted at 17:25h, 06 July

      It was really a great day! One that will be a forever memory of mine. Those boys truly stole my heart!