BLACKVILLE, SC (WJBF) – We are nearing the end of the holiday season, but the donations never stop for the people of Mount Zion Baptist Church.
For the past three years, church members have maintained a garden not far from the church and they use what grows there to give back to the community.
“It was a vision from our pastor and he received a vision from God to create a community garden,” said chief administrator servant Clyde Myrick, Jr.
“We collect it and distribute it to the elderly in the county. It’s part of the creation of the gods, when we plant things, to give them away, ”said Runell Thomas, church counselor.
Three years ago, the church received a grant to develop the garden. He served the communities of Bamberg and Barnwell counties, giving back to the elderly and families in need.
“A lot of people in the community can’t go out and want fresh veg, but they just can’t do their shopping for themselves, but we can actually deliver,” Clyde said.
“It’s just great to be able to give back to the community and to be able to do something through Christ,” Runell said.
“It makes me feel good because sometimes we understand that people have nothing to eat and giving seniors and others makes me proud of myself,” said volunteer Aimee Owens.
The church garden is a chance for its members not only to give back. It is also an opportunity for members to bond, exercise and teach children the importance of giving back.
“Every time we come to the garden I would say they are considered my family because I have been at Mount Zion Baptist Church for five years now and every time we are together it is like a good bond. and we laugh and smile and share jokes with each other, ”Aimee said.
“It makes me happy to know that the young people are interested and taking their time to go out and do things and it is very grateful from the members of the church and our pastor and all who are. involved, “Clyde said.
With all the help of its members and with a growing crop of future gardeners, the Mount Zion Baptist Church Garden will serve people for years to come.
“It’s part of our mission. It is a part of our God-given mission. It’s part of who we are as a people. We love to help and share, ”said Ethel Faust, Grants Coordinator.