You have probably heard of the saying “love your neighbor as yourself”. We heard a true story where few people showed the true meaning of this verse. It is heart-touching to see people who live up to this saying.
Lane Unhjem was a farmer who lived near Crosby, North Dakota. One day, he was harvesting his crops as usual when something tragic happened out of the blue. His harvester got caught on fire. This unexpected incident gave this poor farmer a sudden heart attack.
When his neighbors heard this unfortunate incident, they were so worried and thought of how they could help this poor man. As their fellow farmer could not work anymore, they thought of lending a hand by harvesting his crops. That is what neighbors do, right?
50 farmers gathered in this mission and collected as much equipment they could. Finally, they managed to collect 11 combines, 6-grain carts, 15 semis, and a few other farm equipment. With the help of these tools and their strong willpower, they managed to harvest 1000 acres in just 7 hours.
A friend of Lane’s family told KYFR that he talked to a couple of farmers to borrow their equipment but in the end, people from all over the county who heard about this contacted him and offered their equipment along with their workers.
Don Anderson was one of Lane’s neighbors who took part in this good deed. He took a step further and shared this inspiring story of unity through Facebook. He wrote ” The Unhjems have a beautiful crop that will be safe in the bins today, and most importantly they have the comfort of knowing they live in a community of friends that are helping, praying, and doing whatever they can do to help them get through any tough time”.
Lane has now recovered and is in stable condition. He is lucky enough to be surrounded by kind neighbors that he can always count on. There is so much we can learn from this story. The change should begin within us. Then only the community will change. If everyone can be caring, helpful, and kind to one another, the world will be a better place to live in for all of us.