Friday, January 9, 2015

Let's Grow!

            Hi readers! We have been so encouraged this past week by your support and kind words about the new blog, and we are ready to run toward what God has for the Nehemiah Center. We see the blog as a fresh start and a new path, and we want to walk in it with you!
            With all the talk about the New Year, we got to thinking: How will the Nehemiah Center grow in 2015? We do a lot at the Nehemiah Center (you can read about some of our projects in the last post), but we are ALWAYS looking for new ways to grow closer to God and to each other. After thinking about ways that we could nurture our community, teach healthy habits, and draw near to God, we came up with a plan. We’re launching a garden!

        The Bible talks a lot about gardening. In Genesis, people lived in God’s garden. They came together in that beautiful place, they saw the beauty that their great Creator and Nurturer had crafted, and they learned crucial lessons about their Father and His character. We want to do that. Together, we want to build a strong, healthy, beautiful community of believers. We want to nurture the fruits of the spirit. Even more, we want to spread the seeds of salvation in a world that still needs nurturing. Our garden, the Master Garden, will be dedicated to teaching the people of Chisholm the character of God—through lessons on spiritual pruning, healthy eating, and dedication to the tasks that we take on.
            You might be thinking to yourself, “It’s January. Isn’t that a little early for a garden?” Contrary to what you (and we) might have thought, this idea is already growing into a strong program for the Nehemiah Center. We have recruited the help of the project’s mastermind, Robin Cadell, to lead us on this journey; we have a chef coming to teach the community members about clean eating; and we are looking for a garden steward to help manage the project for us this year. We are also recruiting YOU! We need volunteers to help us clear some land, build some beds for the plants, and sow some seeds. Whether you have years of experience and want to teach, or you just want to pull some weeds, we welcome you!

We at the Nehemiah Center are praying that you will commit to getting involved in this project. More information about service days will be coming up, especially once spring hits, so check on the blog for more information on the newest project of 2015. The glory of God’s earth and God’s people will blow your mind. Don’t miss out!
"Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." - Galatians 6:7-9

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