Pack Seeds to Plant Hope
Celebration of Hope continues this weekend, April 21/22, with an opportunity to plant hope across the world through seed packing. Choosing to give two hours to fill seed envelopes may seem like a small task, but that time can change a family's future and break the cycle of poverty.
Each year, Willow Creek sends more than one million seed packs to our global partners in Africa who distribute them to families in need, providing a sustainable source of food and income. "We constantly hear stories and see evidence of how powerful receiving vegetable seeds can be," says Director of Global Compassion and Justice Mark Haugen. "I encourage you to roll up your sleeves this Celebration of Hope. Who knows how many lives God will transform with the seeds you pack?"
Eunice Ngowani is a mother of eight who supports four orphans. When her husband got sick, the lack of income left them struggling, living on one to two meals a day. They were forced to make a heartbreaking decision: spend what little they had on food or on school fees.
The family was at a crossroads when the local church stepped in and saw a way forward. The church provided seeds packed at Celebration of Hope and gave Eunice training on how to plant and sustain a vegetable garden. Now every member of the family receives three meals per day, and all of the children are in school with a bright future ahead.
Seeds packed by Celebration of Hope volunteers helped this family survive and gave them hope for the future!
Celebration of Hope Continues
Lead Pastor Heather Larson and Teaching Pastor Steve Carter continue the momentum of Celebration of Hope in Week Two. "Our church was founded on the belief that the local church is the hope of the world," says Heather. "This is a time for our church to come together and be the hands and feet of Jesus to our hurting world. We say it each year: Willow is at its best during Celebration of Hope!"
Weekend messages, stories from across the world, exhibits, devotionals, and interactive learning opportunities will grow your heart for those facing global poverty and injustice—and give you tangible ways to bring hope.
- Explore displays in the Main Lobby to learn about our global church partners and projects that fuel education, health, food, and clean-water programs; refugee support; and more!
- April 20–22: Help fill one million seed packs that will be sent across the world to provide food and income for people in need. Click here to view serving times and to sign up!
- April 28: Run, walk, or jog the Willow Creek 5K to build and equip classrooms for kids in the Dominican Republic, Cambodia, and Zambia. Click here to register.
- Go further with the Hope Box! Week Two focuses on hunger—and you’ll be able to experience a food challenge with a small portion of rice and beans.