“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Matthew 9: 37-38

Our Mission

We believe that Christ’s passion “to seek and save the lost” should be the passion of every born-again believer—to effectively present the gospel message in accordance with the Holy Spirit’s guidance (John 16:8). In obedience to Christ’s command found in Acts 1:8, our mission has been to first minister in our local area the Coachella Valley and high desert; secondly, to our more distant communities in the inland empire and in other Southern California areas; and thirdly, to various overseas missions for training and equipping fellow missionaries and pastors who are “proclaiming and participating” in the progress of the gospel (Phil. 1:5, 7, 18).

Practicing Evangelists

As servants for Christ and practicing evangelists we believe we should all do personal evangelism nearly every time we leave our homes. We also believe we should spread the gospel on a much larger scale through our special events.

We train other laborers and go to where the people assemble, such as fairs, festivals, carnivals, and other special events. These become our “Proving Grounds” where those who want to learn evangelism can come and learn how to effectively share their faith.

We invite you to support us whether as a laborer by calling and signing up for a shift to witness, and/or in prayer and/or through financial giving.

Training & Methods

Learn how to:

  • Be motivated by the passion of Christ
  • Become fishers of men
  • Reach the heart using the Good Person Test
  • Use creative and colorful tools that will draw a crowd
  • Present and proclaim the Gospel the way that Jesus did
  • Teach and train your congregation to seek the lost rather than programs and procedures to avoid the Laodicean lifestyle.

History of the Organization

Wayside Havesters was founded in 1958 by Wilfred Slayton and Frank Jakewith. Both founders have graduated to Heaven and are now with the Lord.

We continue to carry on the work that they started in 1958. We were granted a non-profit 501(C)(3) status giving us the right to issue tax deductible receipts for our partners who donate funds for gospel work. We are a Christian Evangelical organization dedicated to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ wherever we can, which has become world wide in scope.

We are governed by our own board of directors and are not under the control of any church, however we cooperate with over 20 churches who supply us with approximately 200 volunteers whom we train in our soul winning ministry. We seek the guidance of God’s Holy Word and the Holy Spirit, and board members must be born-again Christians. We presently have 9 people on our board.

Originally, we rented space in Southern California fairs and showed Spanish Gospel films in many locations in Mexico. We still rent space in fairs and regularly see over 2,000 adults and children pray the salvation prayer with us yearly to receive Jesus into their hearts in the yearly events we are currently doing.

Originally, we bought gospel tracts from other ministries, but in order to save money and improve the gospel booklets, we began printing our own tracts. We began by printing 300,000 Know Your Future booklets and we were surprised that many others wanted to use our tracts, too. This has grown into multiple millions of booklets. We are presently in process of printing 800,000 booklets.

Know Your Future

Our 5 gospel booklets are:

  • Know Your Future – Soul winning for adults and teenagers.
  • Treasures in Heaven – Follow up for new Christians so they will grow spiritually.
  • Your Appointment – Motivates Christians to share their faith and tells how to do it.
  • A Gold Street – Salvation for children and helps them to grow strong in the Lord.
  • Your Final Parade – We pass out thousands of these to people waiting for parades to begin, but they can be used anywhere.

Note: All of our booklets are also available in Spanish, except for Your Final Parade.

We use a multi-colored beaded bracelet similar to Child Evangelism Fellowship’s Wordless Book which have led thousands of children to the Lord.

We invite you and your church to become involved with us to increase the number of people you regularly can bring to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. We ask that you pray for us, and if you support missions financially, where could you find a more fruitful ministry to support? Our officers and board member do not receive salaries. We donate our time and money. You can call us at 866 994-2783 toll free or go on line at TheWaysideHarvesters.org

Wayside Harvesters, Inc. is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization established in 1958 and run by a Christian Board of Directors, whose purpose is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ both locally, regionally, and throughout the world (Acts 1:8) Its mission to reach the lost and train up the laborers is accomplished through evangelism, training, and tract distribution at festivals, fairs, and special events.

Over the years, with help of hundreds of Christian volunteers (laborers for Christ), Wayside has witnessed to hundreds of thousands of people and had led many in prayerful decisions to turn their lives over to Jesus Christ. This has involved handing out thousands of Bibles, and over 1 million of our gospel tracts.

Get in Touch . . .

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Mailing Address

Wayside Harvesters, Inc.
P.O. Box 4307
Palm Springs, CA 92263