In 2003 a special missionary couple came to serve in Kentucky. Harold & Joyce Scroggs attended an Appalachian Regional Ministry Summit at Berea Baptist Church in search of an assignment where God might be leading them. The rest is history. For the past 11 ½ years, other than a brief stint back to their home state, this South Carolina couple has served the people of eastern Kentucky through 3 different ministries, Meridzo and United for Jesus Ministries in Harlan County, and Haven of Rest Family Ministries in Inez. In August 2012 they became the new Directors of Haven of Rest, when founder Eileen Mullins stepped down for health reasons. Haven of Rest is a ministry to families of federal prisoners at the Big Sandy penitentiary in Inez.
Harold & Joyce became true Kentuckians and special friends to our Kentucky missionary family. We were all shocked and saddened to learn of Harold’s massive heart attack and his passing on February 16th. Fellow missionary Jamie Reynolds shared, “Harold was a wonderful friend and a great example of trusting in the Lord and walking with Him in ministry. I appreciate his sense of humor and wit, his good nature and the perseverance he displayed while walking (literally) through great physical, spiritual and emotional difficulties. He always just “kept going”. You cannot hardly say Harold without saying “Harold and Joyce”, because they are such a wonderful pair. They experienced the joy of serving the Lord and His kingdom together 24/7, and JOY is the operative word. So many, like us, will miss Harold’s physical presence with us, but we shall certainly see him again on that great Day. Until then our thoughts and prayers are with Joyce and the family, and we look forward to joining him at the throne of God forever. May all who come behind us find us as faithful as Harold was.”
Thank you, Harold, for your service in eastern Kentucky. We loved you and will miss you.
A “celebration of life” service will be held at a later time in Kentucky.