When: On April 23 in Greensboro, N.C., the Honeycutts were two of 17 people honored at the annual Baptist Heritage Award ceremony.
Why: In 2006, the Honeycutts helped start Fields of Hope, a gardening and farming project focused on fighting hunger throughout Western North Carolina. Through mobilizing volunteers — including service projects with students of Mars Hill College — the initiative has distributed 325,000 pounds of vegetables to 12 local food banks. It has also led efforts within Mars Hill Baptist Church to build homes and distribute food and clothing in Honduras. (Pictured: A.C. Honeycutt leads volunteers in prayer before they get to work.)
The Honeycutts’ “faith is both real and contagious, and informs their commitment to assist humanity with the necessities of life,” says Bud Christman, VP of Advancement at Mars Hill College.
“A number of years ago we realized how fully blessed we were,” says A.C. Honeycutt, “and that people are blessed so they can be a blessing to others. ... Where much is given much is expected ... and thus our extensive work in the Fields of Hope and Honduras.”
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