Everyone wants to make a difference, but most people think they’ve got to go across the world to do it. While there’s certainly a lot of work to do overseas, we’ve found an incredible need that has been overlooked in our city. Here, in Franklin, the people of Redemption City church have found friends and co-workers who could use help meeting food shortages, finding work, and more.
Like most people, we were surprised to find the kind of needs we found in Franklin. We were surprised to learn that there are people who go hungry every week in Franklin. We believed the Lord wanted us to act even though we didn’t have a 24/7 location where we could plant a big community garden. So we decided to do a handful of backyard gardens in church members’ homes. Redemption City Church didn’t have land to call its own but the people who make up Redemption City did. So we started backyard gardens with the idea that we would partner with families in need.
Not long after we started the garden ministry we came across an incredible opportunity in a local trailer park called Franklin Estates. As this video shows (https://youtu.be/vxvpp0yuSmE), God opened up a unique opportunity to help plant a garden in the middle of one of the greatest areas of need. We were blown away by the timing of God and were so thankful to be part of the garden there last year. That summer we also had a Backyard Kids Club at Franklin Estates where over 80 kids came and heard the Gospel.
Thankfully, the story did not end there. The property manager Allen was so thankful for the work Redemption City was doing that he ended up offering the use of the clubhouse for Redemption City activities. He literally handed us the keys. Isn’t our God amazing?!
In January, we felt the Lord calling us to be all-in at Franklin Estates. We didn’t know how all the details would work but believed He wanted us to take our Wednesday night Student City gathering to the clubhouse at Franklin Estates. Through conversations with Allen we learned that other Christians in Franklin were serving children up to 5th grade but there wasn’t anything in place for middle and high schoolers. Student City has been meeting at the clubhouse in Franklin Estates since January and the Lord has been busy changing lives! The students at Redemption City have taken the message of reconciliation given to the Church in 2 Corinthians 5 and lived it out in word and deed during our Wednesday evenings at Franklin Estates. Also, students who live in Franklin Estates have started attending the Wednesday night gatherings, asking questions about faith, and taking steps toward Jesus.
This is why we are so excited about the May 7th Planting Party at Franklin Estates. RCC wants everyone to come out and party with one another as we build relationships and plant the summer garden. We’ve heard story after story of families telling us how thankful they were for the garden last year. Come party with us and pray that the Lord of the Harvest would move mightily in the hearts of everyone in the city of Franklin.