A Plan to Feed the Hungry

Building a vegetable garden. It's a blessing to know people with heavy machinery.

Within a block of our church building you’ll find some of the poorest people in our community.  We regularly have people stop by and ask for groceries from our food room to help to feed their families.

A few weeks ago a couple of friends of mine, Nathan Hale and Andy Hubright, came through Childress and provided us with a little inspiration on another way to feed hungry people.  These two young men were on their way to Honduras to start a HUGE gardening project that will feed the poorest of the poor in Honduras. We took their idea and ran with it, and yesterday we turned the vacant lot across the street from the church into a veggie garden. The idea is to grow produce to help feed the many hungry people of Childress.

Everybody is helping out with this … even two of our young elementary school aged girls, who had a garage sale two weeks ago and raised about $200 to  help purchase the seeds for this project.

We’re not exactly sure how it’s all going to work, but I do know these two things …

  1. If it feeds some hungry people in our community it will be worth it.
  2. Potatoes go in ground this weekend.

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Amy Voss says:

    That’s awesome! Sounds like you guys are really doing good things for Childress!

  2. nick gill says:

    That is so smart, missional, and visible to the community!

    Our congregation has a lot of farmers and gardeners… I’m sharing this!

  3. James Jones says:

    That’s great! I believe it was either Doug Young or Cory Long from New Mexico Christian Children’s Home (www.nmcch.org) that told me about farmers allowing folks to come and glean from their fields so they could store vegetables in their walk-in coolers. A couple of the farmers here at our church love the idea and want to offer them the same benefit. Isn’t it cool how the simple things we have had all along can offer so much hope, love, and sense of community? I can’t wait to read more about your garden.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      I think I heard that story from Doug too. I had a little personal garden 6×8 last year. By the end of the summer it had produced so much I was thinking it was too big. The one across the stree from the church is HUGE, no telling how much it’s going to produce.

  4. Barry Wiseman says:

    My grandfather used to do that long ago. Back before the North Davis congregation moved to their current spot, the Randol Mills congregation already owned that property, and Papa couldn’t see just letting it sit there before they built on it. So he approached the elders with the idea and they gave him the go-ahead. I think he had more fun with that than anything else he did for the church.

    Also know that the North Garland congregation in Enid also did the same thing, at least did about 20 years ago.

  5. Danny says:

    Is this a personal work or work of the church?

    • Trey Morgan says:

      I sold the idea to the church and they ran with it. I have one deacon who is going to head the project up and a lot of people who said they would help with it.

  6. Amy O'Connor says:

    What a wonderful idea! We are involved in a ministry that teaches missionaries how to garden so they can go to Mexico and grow gardens down there for the poor. My kids will be going again next month to help out. I just love seeing God at work in our communities!!

    • Amy O'Connor says:

      I’m looking at the picture trying to figure out exactly where that garden is. Is it across from the front of the church? I hope to be up there soon and we’ll have to stop by and see how the garden is coming along!

  7. Katherine says:

    How wonderful!! This reminds me of a lot of what they are doing in the Philippines-giving people the seeds to plant in order to feed themselves and their families.

    I am sure this will be another wonderful community project for your church and the city of Childress. May many be blessed & people see Jesus through these efforts…and I hope the idea catches on!!

  8. Lura says:

    Don’t forget the black eyed peas! I always pick, then shell and snap, don’t wash and put them in an old pillowcase in the freezer. Easy to take out what you need then wash and cook. Since I am a slow pea sheller this helps me out a lot. As long as you keep them picked they just keep producing.

    This is a wonderful idea, God bless you and the congregation and the garden!

  9. Gwen says:

    Very inspiring. What a blessing you are to church and community.

  10. Jeanne M. says:

    This is the third year the church where I worship has had a garden that is used to feed the hungry that we learn about. We don’t live in a low-income area, but lots of the members know people who can be helped with the vegetables grown each year. One of our members provided the land, plowing, tilling, seeding and watering, and others do the weeding, cultivating and picking the produce. It has been a very satisfying effort to help some in need of good food. God bless you folks in your effort in Childress, and those in Honduras who give up so much to work there.

  11. Brandon Voss says:

    WoW, I think every Church should have something like this! Great Idea! God Bless! GOBYFAITH.ORG

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