Camp Harvest had a deer herd which was maintained and used for hunting. People could pay to hunt at Harvest Bible Chapel’s camp in Michigan. One of the stories that has yet to emerge is what happened to the deer herd at Camp Harvest. This blog knows part of the story as what happened to the deer herd and this post will share what is known. The goal is to let other people run with this information so that this can be revealed.
“Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.”
“Greed is so destructive. It destroys everything.”
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Romans 13:1 NIV
Camp Harvest promotional video.
There are a lot of scandals that have come out of Harvest Bible Chapel. They have come out through many different sources. This blog believes that there is much more to come out. Harvest is not over and in time people will learn a lot of disturbing information about James MacDonald’s church network out of Chicago. As I have worked the Harvest scandal there have been times that I have heard something and then I sit on it in trying to validate or wait and see if I can confirm it from other sources. There have been so many tweets recently about one such topic that I figured that it is probably the time to share what is known with the hope that this can drag out more of the Harvest Bible Chapel scandal. This scandal is troubling and I have been sitting on this information for almost a year now. Please note I do not have all the facts so I am hoping that in sharing the partial information this will bring out more information through other sources.
A Deer Herd at Camp Harvest and an Alleged Killing of a Large Number of Deer in Violation of Michigan Law
In Julie Roys article “Hard times at Harvest” one learns that Harvest used “Walk in the Word” funds for an unusual project. That project is the creation of a fenced in whitetail deer herd. People were allowed to hunt the deer at $6,000 to $8,000 with the money going to a Camp Harvest scholarship fund. You can see that deer hunting web page here. One of the questions that exist about this deer herd is how much did it cost Harvest to establish, maintain and feed the deer. Now we also know that James MacDonald allegedly had anger issues and that he did things spontaneously without thinking things through. James, as an individual was impulsive from what I have heard. One of the other disturbing aspects of this story which will help set the stage for what I will share also deals with James MacDonald. James, allegedly took pleasure in killing animals. He would go up to a domesticated deer and allegedly shoot a gun at the animal at point blank range. We’re not talking about hunting, were talking about coldly calculating and killing an animal for fun. There is a huge difference between the two. You can read more about this in, “Does James MacDonald Take Personal Pleasure in Killing Animals?”
So here is what happened from what I learned from a reliable source. The deer herd at Camp Harvest needed to be thinned allegedly. The question became how does one do that? James MacDonald allegedly decided to kill a large number of deer at Camp Harvest. If my memory serves me correctly I want to say that it was at least 30 but could be higher. The deer allegedly were killed in mass. It was done knowing that it was against Michigan law in regards to how many animals can be killed per hunting tags, sport and game rules. With this large number of carcasses at Camp Harvest, Harvest tried to dispose of them. First, from what this blog heard earlier this year they allegedly tried to bury them. That didn’t work too well so then Harvest tried to allegedly burn the deer remains and dispose of the evidence. In burning a large number of deer carcasses it generated a complaint. Someone reported what was happening to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Michigan was supposedly looking into this situation. That was over a year ago and I have not heard anything about this since last February or March of 2019.
My Knowledge is Part of the Story So I Hope this Can Flush this Out Further
My knowledge on this story is limited and I am hoping that others can run with it and fill in the gaps. The story of Harvest is one of waste, greed, money and abuse. James MacDonald let the property and money get to his head. When people asses the Harvest Bible Chapel scandal MacDonald’s downfall should be remembered when Elgin was largely given to Harvest. If more people can flush out the deer herd story and what happened to them that would be good. I decided to go ahead and write about what I knew after seeing hints and other comments on Twitter and social media.