Good Soil Update
Ancient Hebrew wisdom describes four levels of charity. The highest level is to provide a job for one in need without his knowledge that you provided it. The next lower level is to provide work that the needy one knows you provided. The third level is to give an anonymous gift to meet an immediate need. The lowest level of charity, to be avoided if at all possible, is to give a poor person a gift with his full knowledge that you are the donor.
– Bob Lupton, Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life
By partnering with Kingdom Causes you are engaging in the “highest form of charity”. With your financial partnership, a team of local Christians started Good Soil Industries (GSI), an on the job training program that provides employment to our neighbors here in Bellflower who are in transition or are out of work. Joel Holwerda, GSI Program Director, has been working hard to build this program. Since June, GSI has employed a total of 8 different young men with part time work. These participants have worked with Joel to maintain a route of 18 lawns, including a number of commercial properties. They have also assisted in moving projects, yard clean-up, and laying sod.
We believe that if Good Soil Industries provides discipleship and life skills training paired with a transitional job opportunity where that training can be tried and proven, then people who are underemployed and/or in rehabilitation will be empowered to obtain sustainable full time employment and move closer to God.
Thank you for the role you have played in this dignifying approach to caring for our neighbors!
CAN WE MOW YOUR LAWN?
If you live in the Bellflower or Lakewood area and don’t have a personal relationship with your current gardener, GSI would like the chance to bid on your property. Also, if you have any additional work, we would love to offer our services, which include: local moves, yard cleanups, special events set-up and tear-down, marketing and flyer distribution. We carry workers compensation and insurance. Your lawn can help change lives!