Harvest University Shares Vision and Dreams at Welcome Event

Harvest University hosted government officials and prominent guests at a special welcome event on July 9, 2021.

The event started with an opening prayer from Pastor Brent Harwerth of Berean Bible Church, then special guests in attendance were recognized: Morgan County Commissioner Gordon Westhoff, Fort Morgan City Councilwoman Lyn Deal, Fort Morgan Police Chief Loren Sharp and two representatives from Congressman Ken Buck’s office.

HU President Joanna Shih shared the vision and dreams of the school. She also thanked the City of Fort Morgan for its support and warm welcome.

Built in 1925, the HU campus was the first high school in town. It transitioned into a middle school in 1984 and was acquired by Calvary University in 2017.

Harvest University purchased the building from Calvary University in August 2020 and hopes to continue the rich history of Christian education witnessed at the site.

“We are so thankful that we not only will preserve the over 90 years of rich history of education in this building, but will also bring revival through the teaching of God’s word, building a Jesus-centered community, and growing together with the students to make an impact for Christ among the millions in desperate need of salvation,” said President Shih.

Following the presentation, guests celebrated the newest chapter for the school with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and enjoyed lunch fellowship at the cafeteria.

Harvest University to Register as Historic Building

Harvest University is planning to register the school building as a historic building with the state and national registry. Built in 1925, the HU campus was the first high school in town.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

The recommendation for the registration was made by Fort Morgan City Council member Lyn Deal, who came to visit Harvest University on April 28, 2021.

Since late 80s, Deal has been involved with the preservation of historic building when the initiatives for historic preservations took off. She has lived in Fort Morgan for 56 years and has created a preservation board and worked with the city to pursue preservation for 30 years.

As a strong Bible-centered believer, Deal is thankful that Harvest University came so that the building would not be abandoned, but instead it will continue the history of education and continue to develop and flourish.  

HU Continues Rich History of Christian Education at Former Calvary University Campus

Harvest University, a bible-based Christian higher education institution, has been established in Colorado with the commission of training believers, in particular from East Asia, in the understanding of the Scriptures, and with the goal of sending them out to mission fields across the globe upon completion of their degrees.

The school will be conducting its activities at the former Calvary University Innovation Center in Fort Morgan, Colorado, where the Kansas-based evangelical college historically conducted the training of their students. Harvest University hopes to continue the rich history of Christian education witnessed at Calvary University at the site, and to make a significant impact for wider evangelism in the world.

With high goals and lofty ambitions, Harvest University will be challenging the status quo and leading its students to achieve great things for God through equipping them with cutting edge curriculums and resources.

In a modern world where Christianity is often the target of ridicule and persecution, Harvest University has chosen to establish its training ground in the northeastern part of Colorado, the heartland of the United States, where religious liberty is guaranteed by the Constitution.

With the establishment of the institution in Fort Morgan, the Harvest University leadership hopes to bring about a revival through the teaching of God’s word, building a Jesus-centered community, and growing together with the student body to make an impact for Christ among the millions in desperate need of salvation.

34,000 Christian Books Added to Harvest University Library

34,000 books have been added to Harvest University’s library. The books were purchased from Calvary University, which previously owned the Fort Morgan campus.

The collection of books include Biblical theology, doctrinal theology, pastoral resources, church history, apologetics, Biblical languages etc. HU has also obtained the online library catalog for the books.

The quality theological books would be a great learning resources to equip students with a firm Biblical foundation and sound doctrine. HU library is planning to add more Chinese theology books in the coming future.

“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.”

“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed” — J. Hudson Taylor

In the mid-19th Century, Hudson Taylor said something obvious: Matthew 28:19-20 is not simply one item on a list of suggested activities. The words of Jesus are the “Great Commission” — a label popularized by Taylor himself — and they are a clear command to make disciples among all nations!

Taylor’s declaration reflects his missionary experience in China. Not long after arriving in Shanghai, he realized that while foreign missionaries were becoming common in China’s coastal cities, most places further inland remained untouched by the Gospel.

Taylor was passionate about obeying the Great Commission and thus seeing that all of China was evangelized. He eventually had to start his own missionary-sending agency in order to get missionaries deployed in the unreached inland areas of China.

We live in an age of options. We have a a choice of denominations. We have options for Bible cover colors. We have options as to which Bible translation we use. We can choose Bibles with or without study notes. We do not, however, have an option when it comes to fulfilling the Great Commission through our praying, giving, mobilizing, sending and going. Obedient blievers cannot consider evangelizing all the people groups of the world to be optional. When we make Jesus Lord, we sign on to obey His every command.

3D Exterior Rendering of HU Campus

A Vision of Modern Interior Design that Fosters Innovation, Creativity, Deep Learning at Harvest

In preparation for the incoming student bodies internationally and domestically, the evangelical education institution is actively making plans to create a welcoming environment designed to foster creativity, innovation, passion, and efficiency.

Among the plans, the University leadership is making plans for renovation and development of the 150,000 square feet facility in Fort Morgan, Colorado. Some of those plans include converting the third floor of the building from classrooms into multi-family apartment for dormitory uses, installing fire suppression system, setting up café bars in the lounges, updates the cafeteria for dining, beautifying the landscaping surrounding the building, and more.

Sample concept for cafeteria and lounge

The leadership of the university believes that the environment in which a person studies or works in influences his creativity and emotional mood, and hence places much emphasis on renovations and development that will be implemented in phases according to order of priorities. 

A healthy learning, study, and workplace environment is ideal when it comes to maintaining a positive outcome in a stressful atmosphere. One of the most important thing that influences student, faculty, and staff motivation and happiness, and how productive and efficient they can be, all goes down to their working environment.

Sample cafeteria concept.

“As we plan and design the environment, we will be considering each area and what activities would take place there,” said a member of the executive team, noting the way how one’s surrounding changes the way one feel. “We want to create areas where the students, faculties, and staff could choose to study and work where they feel most comfortable.”

Today’s leaders in the business and technology space knows that when you focus on the user, the rest will follow. By making the user happy it will create a products and platform that is the best of its abilities and keeps the users satisfied. In the same vein, Harvest University wishes to create an environment where its people will be able to produce their best works for the glory of God, the ultimate creator.

Prayers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic has rapidly spread globally and has significantly transformed life as we know it for millions of people all over the world.

For many, COVID-19 carries feelings and challenges of loss, fear, anxiety, isolation and many other stresses. As many of us face many uncertainties, it is critical to remember that there is no uncertainty in God.

Let us express our faith in God through prayer, that he is faithful to listen and answer the prayers of his people.

“The Lord is near to all who call of him, to all who call on him in truth.”
-Psalm 145:18

Today, we pray:

For those who are living in fear of this pandemic, the fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of other’s reactions to them, may the Spirit of God give them a sense of calmness and peace.

For those whose health is compromised by the coronavirus or other health issues, may the Lord protect them and keep them.

For health care workers and first responders who are taking care of the patients, may God strengthen them and protect them from any harm.

For the field of medical researchers who are working diligently to find the Covid vaccine, we pray for the Lord to direct their paths.

For the leaders of the world and our countries as they seek to help manage this challenge, may God give them wisdom and courage to make the best decision.

For those who are isolated or quarantined because of the virus, May Jesus be their joy, their hope and their counsel.

In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen

COVID-19 Mask Guidance

Masks are required to be worn on Harvest University property at all times and in all classrooms, common areas, points of entry or exit, or in any location where other people are present or where you cannot control who you come in contact with. Exceptions to this rule would be if you are in your own residence, office, or enclosed workspace, or in an empty common area.

HU recommends that students, staff, faculty, and visitors wear masks that meet the most recent CDC guidelines on masks.