Written by Plant With Purpose on September 9, 2014 in General
Have you ever suffered through a few months or even a few years when everything seems to be going wrong and nothing seems to be stable? How amazing does it feel coming out on the other side and finally finding a solid foundation? Whether it be getting a position after months of job searching, restoring a relationship after years of heartache, or even taking a weekend away to clear your head and relax on the beach, living life with a clear purpose and a sure foundation brings much joy and is something to be celebrated.
As Plant With Purpose reaches 30 years, we want to celebrate both our anniversary and the lives that have been rooted with a solid foundation and restored hope. Through programs that train and empower, partnering farmers around the world have been freed from the bondages of poverty and rooted in the Lord, rooted with economic stability, and have rooted trees and crops to continue restoring the environment and providing for their families. In this three part series, we will be sharing how our three-pronged method of spiritual, economic, and environmental transformation has impacted the lives of international partners.
“We who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” // Hebrews 6:18-19
Few moments are more powerful than witnessing the joy on someone’s face when they first realize how much God loves them. One of my favorite things is seeing the moment the water is stirred as someone is baptized. Some emerge from the water with tears in their eyes, others with a fist in the air, and others shouting with excitement, but all are cause for celebration as God’s family grows. As we give thanks for the last 30 years of work, we are especially excited that partners around the world are becoming spiritually rooted and discovering their God-given purpose.
In the Dominican Republic, Pablo Eduardo Campusano began attending a Bible Study through Plant With Purpose. He initially expressed concerns about the group. “I thought other members would be indifferent to me because I had spent a lot of time attending the Bible study group but had not given my heart to Jesus as my Savior,” he remembers. But despite these thoughts, Eduardo bravely continued with the group – and today he thanks God he did. “Our leader shared with me, ‘God loves you, even when we turn our backs on him. We are very happy that you come to this Bible study group.’ It brought joy to my heart, and I continued to attend.”
After faithfully showing up week after week, Eduardo accepted Jesus as his Savior and developed new goals for his life. “Two of my dreams are to be baptized and to study to be a teacher of a Bible study group,” he says. With his newfound purpose, Eduardo confidently moves forward with a mission to spread the love he encountered. “This experience has taught me to be an example so that others may be led to believe in Jesus Christ,” Eduardo says. “I hope that lives are changed for Christ as my life was changed for Christ.”
Eduardo’s prayer is being answered. More and more international partners continue to be grafted onto God’s family tree as lives are rooted in hope and faith. Living with this spiritual anchor gives farmers daily purpose, restores dignity, and assures them of their Father’s love.
As we celebrate 30 years of transforming lives and land, we are especially thankful that an increasing number of global farmers are being rooted in faith.