It’s that time of year to plan our gardens. We decide how much we’re going to plant, whether it is flowers or produce, and we decide where it’s all going to go. We get the beds ready to plant. We fertilize, compost and water our beds for preparation. Then we go ahead and plant the seeds. And with great hope and excitement, we wait for something to sprout.
Around here at the church we’ve been doing the same thing. We’ve been planting seeds lately. In January, we packed up over 10,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger. That food has been sent to the Dominican Republic. And since this has been a mission project of ours for quite some time, the deacon board decided to make it official. Rise Against Hunger is a part of the mission of the church. So, we will fundraise off and on throughout the year to pay for the meals.
And so we have. A few weeks ago we held a spaghetti dinner at the church and raised over nine hundred dollars for Rise Against Hunger. That’s enough money to pay for January’s meals and also put some money aside for next year. We are sowing seeds for future missions and also feeding hungry people.
In April we supported Ryan Antonio and the Juvenile Diabetes Walk at Albemarle High School. Ryan and his family raised over nine thousand dollars for Juvenile Diabetes Research. The walk itself raised over fifty four thousand dollars. And there will be enough interest for a Juvenile Diabetes walk next year to raise more money.
This small congregation has done great things this year already. And it’s only May. What other seeds can we plant? What kinds of things are growing in our garden?