Growing Our Garden

February 13, 2024

ARLINGTON, TEX. – The Arlington Southern Worship Center Seventh-day Adventist Church sponsors a community garden on the church property. The Otha Johnson Jr. Memorial Community Garden consists of 24 raised beds where volunteers grow organic vegetables for themselves and local community service food banks. 

Stephanie Dotson, one of our growers, shared how the garden blesses her. “On Sunday mornings, my family and I enjoyed starting the day working in the garden. Whether sowing seeds, pulling weeds, watering or harvesting fresh greens, we worked together. In addition to the family time spent together in nature, I appreciated the sense of community among the gardeners. The ups and downs of growing vegetables truly parallel the realities of Christian life. I try to remain faithful and trust the Lord when I feel discouraged. Through it all, my family and I have been immensely blessed by the experience.” 

By Lawanda Lumbard and Stephanie Dotson