Dear West Vancouver Baptist Church,
Blessings to all of you! Thank you for taking part in the Hopeful Gifts campaign! Last Christmas, you partnered with us to sponsor land used to help feed people in need through the Grow Hope project. In addition, your church helped farmers in Canada grow crops with proceeds going to help feed vulnerable people through our local partnerships in countries like South Sudan, Lebanon, Congo, Kenya and Rwanda. We'd like to share with you a little more about this project. Each year the process begins again. This may be one of the more profound concepts of a Grow Hope. It is an annual event—a yearly hope for feeding people in need. We start the plant. Some fields receive wheat, others corn or barley. Local farmers, already working long hours, volunteer a few more for the local Grow Hope. Seed companies and area folk help where they can. Fields are secured, and needs are met or surpassed.
The overwhelming sense is that God is at work, and we will see the miracle of growth and community. There is a sense of hope when the dry soil starts to show the first of the green shoots. Then, very quickly, it is followed by a solid carpet of leaves and growth. There will be a sense of hope and prosperity as the field goes through whatever God in His nature gives it to endure. People will visit the Grow Hope, and youth groups might drop by to observe, churches may picnic nearby. CBM Reps will almost certainly be videoed in the field, bringing updates.
Sometimes the Grow Hope fields have a Blessing of the Fields and later a Celebration of Harvest. Then, later in the season, the harvest will take place. Always a time of celebration as we serve and grow together to bring hope to the world around us.
Thank you for being part of the hope that is in a Grow Hope! As we work together, you will help bring the hope of nourishment, emergency relief, food and food security to the vulnerable of the world. They will be able to eat because you invested in Grow Hope Projects. God Bless You and come see the fields. Thank you for your part in supporting our mission.
Dennis Shierman, Western Canada Representative and Major Donor Strategist, CBM