The best way to build fellowship with other Christians, church members, and citizens of the community is simply to spend time with them. The more you get to know them, the more you’ll be able to impart to grow on your journey with God. Many individuals and churches are always looking for new ways to reach out, and one of the best potential projects is a community garden.
Why Gardens Work so Well
Many factors make community gardens successful. Planting and maintaining are wholesome actions everyone can enjoy. You don’t need any experience to contribute to garden maintenance, and this fact draws in all sorts of participants.
Gardens are also healthy, and people are always looking for ways to make positive changes. Fresh fruits and vegetables help provide a better food option for the community. This is especially true in low-income areas where they couldn’t afford produce otherwise.
Isaiah 58:10 says, “If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness…” It’s satisfying to help others, and feeding them as a result of your physical labor has an even greater effect on you and them.
Gardening has long been hailed as a therapeutic hobby. When you have a community garden, you’re inviting the troubled members of your neighborhood to come together for something positive. This kind of action is especially helpful to aid those addicted to drugs or alcohol. Plus, it gives them a chance to learn more about Christ on their own time, and might not be as “intimidating” as church. If you’re looking for a way to reach out, give gardening a go.