Great Green Bean Adventure

Ever see 2000 pounds of green beans in one place?!?!?!

Vacation Bible School Mission Campers in rising grades 4 -6 along with their adult “shepherds” and other volunteers from the congregation sorted and bagged 2088 pounds of these beans on Thursday, June 28 that would have otherwise gone to waste.

In partnership with the Society of St. Andrew, FPC was connected to a farmer in the Crossville, Tennessee area who grows produce for nearby commercial canneries. Since some beans are too large, too small or not plump enough to meet the cannery standards, they are rejected and it is the farmer who is left to dispose of them. Often times this otherwise very edible produce ends up in a landfill rather than in the kitchens of families in need.

Enter FPC Mission Campers… they gathered under the shade trees of the south lawn along Tyne Blvd. Sitting on the ground they rotated in and out in shifts bagging until all the beans were ready for their new home.  

The mission campers learned ahead of time that their efforts were just like the gleaning that was described in Deuteronomy 24:19: When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it; it shall be left for the alien, the orphan, and the widow, so that the LORD your God may bless you in all your undertakings. (NRSV).  As gleaners, we helped to bring the produce to the Nashville families who could not otherwise be able to get to the fields to glean for themselves. What an adventure we had!

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