Being Neighborly

When Carrie and I decided we’d be moving back, we knew we would have an opportunity to have a garden. This is no secret because we have blogged a little about how we are learning some valuable lessons with gardening.

However, one of the reasons we wanted to have a garden was so that we could grow more than we needed and give it away to our neighbors. We felt what better way to love thy neighbor than to give them food. Most folks around here have their own garden or a few rows of tilled dirt with seeds of a few selected vegetables growing in their back yard.

We first planted potatoes and corn and okra and a few others but these were the main vegetables to give away. We planted eight looooooong rows of corn, one row of okra and five rows of potatoes. As they began to grow we realized we had our work cut out for us. Once they really got going, we were out there practically every day or every other day harvesting corn and okra.

Needless to say, we were able to fulfill our decision to give some away. I didn’t take the opportunity to take many pictures but I did take one as we were about to set out and bless the neighbors with some corn. While I picked the okra, Carrie grabbed the wheel barrel and filled it with corn.

10 bags of corn

10 bags of corn

I must have taken the picture before she was ready but she was putting the bags of corn in the back of the truck. The neighbors didn’t know we were coming. We surprised most of them by knocking on their door and handing them their bags of corn.

What better way to bless your neighborhood than to give them free food when they least expect it. What better way to serve your community than to bless them for no reason other than they are your neighbors, God loves them and you do to. This is what being on mission is all about.


About Kevin Riner

child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged
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