A bit over a year ago, a dream was planted behind an empty parsonage of Wilmington Lutheran Church in Arnegard, ND, a small town in the heart of the Bakken oil boom. A young mother of the congregation, Nikki Darrington, planted a garden and when harvest came, she and her husband distributed food to the many oil workers living in campers around the town. When Pastor Dan and Kathy Paulson were called to this congregation June 1 of this year, this garden was replanted and the harvest happened September 7 when members of Wilmington brought their garden produce, including zucchini bread and canned garden items to church, where members, including frequent visitor, Manuel (a resident of one of the campers from Mexico) pitched in to help.
Thirty-nine grocery bags were filled and distributed around Arnegard with an attached note of invitation and welcome to the community and church…. bags of welcome, hope and promise, and invitation to hear and live the love God has for God’s people in a land of much change and opportunity. GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS. Thanks be to God!