So the garden is planted and through a daily commitment to maintaining, monitoring, praying over and feeding what has been planted, growth is prevalent and the outcome of faith and hope hangs off every branch.
This is when the harvest can begin. The time where we observe and collect the amazing stories and testimonies shared by those who have gone from a seed planted to a product of love; God’s love. We have the opportunity to share with others what can result from planning, patience and faith.
In a garden of fruits and vegetables, flowers and spices, the harvest will consist of foods to sustain us and flowers to create an atmosphere of beauty that can uplift our spirits. In a garden of lives, the harvest will consist of changed lives that possess the chance to impact other lives and thus initiate a continuation of hope to people all around us.
We are grateful to those who support The Salvation Army through prayers, volunteer hours and monetary gifts. It’s with all 3 that we have the blessing of maintaining gardens on a year round basis and the amazing opportunity through our many programs to witness growth in people that others may have disregarded, believing there was no hope for them. We see the potential in every person who comes to us for help because we know with Jesus, nothing is impossible! He is in our corner, He desires to fight for us and do whatever it takes to see us come to a full realization of who He has called us to be versus allowing us to fall away, alone and hopeless.
“So he said to the man who was taking care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should we use up the soil?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.” ~ Luke 13:7-8