Growing Together 'for the least of these ...'

Over the past number of years there have been a number of growing projects across Canada raising awareness and funds to help feed the growing number of hungry people in the world. The list of registered growing projects is significant and the efforts of each are inspiring. These local growing projects are in support of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank whose vision is to be A Christian Response to Hunger with a goal to end world hunger.

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Our local project here in the St. Marys area is one for which we can be thankful. Last year we had a successful year growing squash and gourds. The efforts of all involved was tremendous. A number of local churches have been involved with the project which is a tremendous witness to the power of cooperation and unity under the banner of Christ's name.

This year we decided to plant potatoes. We had a successful year in the past and believe that we can repeat that success with God's help. Each church will take a turn caring for the plot for two week stretches. It often turns out to be a great outing and bonding time for the congregations. (fyi ... LRC's crop caring time is July 20th to August 2nd) Below is a picture of the potato crop right now. I hope to post updates on this project throughout the summer.

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Friends, there is something intimately powerful when a group of Christians, spanning denominational lines, work together for a common cause.

What greater cause than ending hunger!

Jesus Himself identifies with the hungry and thirsty. In His parable describing the end of days, He said  that 'whatever you have done for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done unto me.' (Matthew 25:31-45) The cause of feeding the poor is something that is close to Christ's heart; very close. So when we work together to alleviate the suffering of the poorest on the planet we are doing a work that is very near to the heart of Christ.

Jesus also identifies with the church. Scripture calls the Church of Christ the Body of Christ. That is a powerful picture. We are the hands and feet of Jesus in the earth today. What better way to exemplify the love and care of Christ than to work together to help feed the hungry?

I want to thank you for your continued support of this project over the summer. There will be opportunities to volunteer and help over the coming weeks. We appreciate all the support we receive from congregation members and community members. We make a greater impact together.

So, please pray for this project and the projects that all over the country. May the cause of Christ and the goal of ending hunger be advanced this season. Thank you.

Question: Why do you think Jesus so intimately identify with the poor, hungry and destitute; and how should this truth affect us?