Last summer, Park Church in Roanoke Rapids, utilized part of the church property for a Community Garden. A partnership was established with Calvary Church and several volunteers from the neighborhood also helped a great deal. As a result, fresh vegetables were provided to shut-ins in both churches and food was also donated to 250 families through the local Angel's Closet Ministry. Funding in support of this project was received from the NC Baptist Hunger Fund. Pastor Joe Wall sees this as an answer to prayer and named this ministry "God's Garden." This project has been very encouraging to the church and plans are underway to do this again this year.
Let's look at the factors that contributed to the success of this project:
1. The pastor prayed that God would give direction to the ministry of the church.
2. He looked for unused resources at the church's disposal.
3. He asked, "What can we do?" rather than "What can't we do?"
4. He established partnerships to assist in what the church could not do alone.
5. He gave God the glory for the ministry.
Rev. John Hamm