“Sowing kindness reaps its own rewards” is a fine sentiment, but seeing it in action is just the sort of heartening harvest we all could use a lot more of these days.
Lane Unhjem, like many farmers, woke up before dawn on September 12, 2020 ready to spend a long, tiring day on his combine machine.
The 57-year-old, was driving his rig, harvesting crops on his 1000-acre Divide County, North Dakota farm when it caught on fire.
As Unhjem tried to extinguish the fire, he suffered cardiac arrest. He was soon airlifted to Trinity Medical Center in Minot, North Dakota for treatment.
Jenna Binde, a family friend contacted two local farmers who “got their equipment, and then other people just started calling and we had equipment offered from all over the place in the county, and their workers to go with it.”
Just two hours after Unhjem was airlifted away, about 60 farmers in the area started showing up. Putting their own harvesting on hold, they worked together to cut 1,000 acres for their suffering neighbor.
Neighbors, friends, and family from the Crosby community brought 11 combines, 6 grain carts, and 15 semis. Within 7 hours they were able to get Unhjem’s durum wheat and canola corn in the bin.
The following week, another group came to harvest the soybeans.
Those who assisted say letting the Unhjems’ crops go unharvested would’ve been a big loss for the family, and helping out was just common sense.
“Everybody knows the Unhjems, and they’re good people and good in the community, and just kind of the farming way of life too. You help your neighbor out when they need it, and don’t expect anything in return”, added Binde.
Americans have been especially grateful for our farmers in 2020. It is true when they say God created farmers to be caretakers of the world.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9