We will be helping to pack seeds for delivery to families in El Salvador. Please read the information below on this activity and what to expect. Our shift is from 3 pm to 5 pm and we'll meet at Willow Creek Church about 15 minutes ahead of time so that we'll be ready to go at 3 pm. We have reserved 10 spots for this shift, but if we have more interest, I'll see if we can get additional volunteer spots.
Please, please, please...don't RSVP unless you're fairly sure you can make it. Also, if your plans change, please change your RSVP so that others can join the activity. We will have an automatic waiting list for this event, just in case we are oversubscribed.
What to Expect: There will be a brief orientation including instructions about your serve. Then you will work in teams to pack seeds. These 400,000 seed packs will be used to grow vegatable gardens for families in El Salvador providing nourishment and sustainable income.
Check-In: Check in 10 minutes before your shift. This allows time for you to park your car and be in place for the orientation.
Who Can Volunteer? Please come with family and friends to experience this event together. This is a family-friendly event for children as young as 5 years old. Parents are responsible for the supervision and safety of their children throughout this event.
What to Wear: Dress casually and comfortably. For safety purposes, please wear closed-toe shoes.
Seeds of Change
“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.’”—Matthew 17:20 (NIV)
It starts so small. A seed is about as tiny as you can get, yet the potential hidden inside is enormous. An acorn becomes an oak tree. A basket of corn bursts forth to cover an entire field.
Change in a community starts small, as well. One person feels a nudge in their spirit, a whisper from God they can’t ignore. When they step out in faith to follow that prompting, they become an unstoppable force for change.
2013 Seed Packing
You can be the hands that bring about seeds of change. More than 17,000 volunteers are needed to help fill 3/4 million family seed packs that will be distributed by local churches in El Salvador, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.
Each family seed pack can produce approximately 1,000 pounds of vegetables. Seed packing is an opportunity for everyone to serve together, so make plans now to pack seeds with your kids (age kindergarten and older), family, friends, and neighbors. When we gather to serve our brothers and sisters in Africa and Latin America, we’re reminded the miles or oceans that separate us don’t divide us. We are one church.
“And now, God, do it again—bring rains to our drought-stricken lives
So those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest,
So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.”
—Psalm 126:4–5 (MSG)
Hope Through a Church in El Salvador
Pastor Felix Amaya was like many pastors in rural El Salvador: fully committed to his church, but skeptical about the idea of partnering with non-Christians through community projects. He wanted to help the people in his community, but he thought his energy should be focused on those inside his church.
Then he became involved with Enlacé, an organization supported by Willow Creek, which trains and equips local churches in El Salvador to transform their communities. Today, Pastor Felix’s church leads a thriving home garden project that helps provide food and revenue for 90 people in his community. And there is no doubt in his mind this is the work of the church: to show God’s love in tangible ways.
Pastor Felix’s church helps neighbors get their gardens started by providing seeds, organic fertilizers, training, and even a small plot of land if needed. Nutrition improves as families add fresh vegetables to their sparse diet of corn and beans. Income rises because they can sell extra vegetables at the market. And perhaps most importantly, the community is becoming united and filled with hope.
Now community-minded, Pastor Felix’s church welcomes people no matter where they are on their spiritual journey. Working with Enlacé has shown him how community partnerships not only help meet the tangible needs of their community, but also open the door for people to connect with God. “There’s no way I’m turning back,” he says.