SAM Board Spotlight: Mel Harmon

With an unbelievable response to our first spotlight story, we continue on with our Team Coordinator Mel Harmon!

Mel Harmon has been part of Sunbeam off and on since the very beginning. She is currently the Team Coordinator and helps maintain the communication between Sunbeam and those here in the U.S. Mel is a vital part of the overall operation of Sunbeam.

Mel first came to discover Sunbeam back in January of 1997. She was part of a mission team with her home church back then Peace Lutheran of New London, MN. She felt such a strong pull to Sunbeam that she returned with her mother, Executive Director Sherry Bigalke in November of 1997. It was their church Peace Lutheran that introduced them both to Sunbeam.

Mel had no idea that this simple mission trip would lead her to her to where she is today. Mel comments “I went to Sunbeam once thinking it was a neat experience,- never expecting to continue to be involved 20 years later.  Praise God for this opportunity.”

When asked why Mel continues her work for Sunbeam with the SAM Board, she stated “I am on the Board because of God’s call to serve and my love for the Sunbeam family.” Mel also comments on what she hopes to continue to bring to the SAM Board: “My hope by serving on the board is to always follow God’s desires- this ministry isn’t about what I want.  Rather, God needs to lead the way.”

Just like her mother, she has endless memories of Sunbeam over her many years. When asked to pick just a few, Mel says “Oh I have countless memories throughout my 20 years of traveling to Sunbeam; sitting outside on the picnic table at night to watch the stars with the boys, playing hours of basketball each evening, washing dishes for what seemed like hours in the hot kitchen, giving the boys bedtime hugs, watching the boys grow and change.”

In conclusion, Mel adds “I would like to add that because of Sunbeam, I have created a family in Jamaica, but also a family across the states by meeting and working with the most servant-heart, faithful team members.  I am beyond blessed.”

We are all beyond blessed to have Mel part of the Sunbeam mission. We are so appreciative of her constant work and dedication!

SAM Board Spotlight: Sherry Bigalke

Sunbeam’s overall operation wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful board members both here in the U.S. and those in Jamaica. Keep an eye out for a spotlight of each member and learn more about their constant commitment and dedication to Sunbeam.

We start our first spotlight is with none other than Sunbeam Executive Director Sherry Bigalke! Sherry has been part of Sunbeam since its inception in 2000. She first came to know Sunbeam back in November of 1997 when she went on her first trip with her daughter, Team Coordinator Mel Harmon. It was on this trip that Sherry had a vision of a bright future for Sunbeam and the boys there. It was also during this trip that she felt God’s call to become a coordinator of mission teams even before there was an official organization. In 2000, Sherry was approached with others about purchasing and operating Sunbeam. Today, Sherry says the reason she continues to be part of Sunbeam and the board is “God’s calling and my desire to help make Sunbeam be a safe, loving, caring, Christian home for boys.”

Sherry first started her journey with Sunbeam though her home church back then, Peace Lutheran of New London MN, but still continues with her current home church of Faith Lutheran in Little Falls MN.

When asked, What do you hope to achieve in being part of the SAM Board? Sherry commented simply, “educate and share God’s plan for Sunbeam.”

Sherry cannot sum up all her favorite memories of Sunbeam but some that stick out are  reading in the dorms to the boys at bedtime, staying up playing cards with the older boys, popping popcorn, sharing stories and sharing many times of laughter and tears.

We thank Sherry for her continue commitment to Sunbeam and we are truly honored to have her!

Give to the MAX Day 2016

Our boys need shelter, healthcare, nutrition, education and most of all LOVE. Please consider a ‘Give to the MAX‘ donation to provide basic necessities, plant a seed of hope and keep our boys healthy. #GTMD16 #GiveMN #SunbeamBoys

Sunbeam Boy's Home | Sunbeam Mission

Sunbeam Association for Mission is a 501(c)3, organized exclusively for charitable and religious purposes, specifically for the purpose of establishing and maintaining Sunbeam Boys Home in Jamaica to serve children and young adults in Jamaica; to provide a safe and nurturing environment; and to teach the principles of Christian living.  Sunbeam Boys Home provides shelter, care, and an education to 40 boys, ages 7-18.  We also maintain a transition program for young men 18+, providing support and encouragement and assistance with living and school expenses.

Mission teams from America are a great asset to our program.  Teams stay at Sunbeam, building relationships with the boys, sharing the love of Christ and doing physical labor as needed for upkeep of our facility.

Give to the MAX Day 2016 | Sunbeam Mission

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2016 Sunbeam Celebration

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This is the week!!! The Sunbeam Celebration is this Saturday, October 1st, 4pm-8pm at Oxlip Evangelical Free Church in Isanti. If you haven’t already done so, you should RSVP and join us! Many special things are planned for this evening with a lot of awesome auction items.

We are pleased that Glendon, Dwayne, Omar, and Leroy, all past Sunbeam boys are able to join us on this special night!

Let’s celebrate how God continues to use this special ministry!

Directions via Google Maps to Oxlip Evangelical Free Church:

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