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 20 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.