Three young men working to overcome drug addiction were among the dozens who attended a special harvest service in Tartagal, northern Argentina in September.
The setting for the service reflected their ongoing transformation: a former rubbish tip that has been turned into a flourishing vegetable garden by Victor, a new Christian and member of Jesus el Buen Pastor church.
According to mission partners Ed and Marie Brice, who lead the church, the congregation has recently begun supporting a local drug rehabilitation ministry.
“The increasing drug problem here makes people feel hopeless; supporting this ministry has sparked real hope in the church,” Ed said.
The congregation wanted to include the men who are turning their lives around through Jesus in the harvest celebration.
“On the day, the Sunday school children, who have been helping Victor plant seeds and tend vegetables, were the first to arrive and excitedly helped prepare vegetables to give away,” Ed said.
“Some of them witness the wounds of drug abuse festering in their families. Together, we sang of the power of God’s Spirit to bring a different harvest and we presented the gospel to neighbours and distributed carrots and tomatoes.”
Marie will be following up with two visitors who expressed an interest in meeting up and learning more about the gospel.
The Brices moved to northern Argentina to help strengthen indigenous churches a few years ago, following three decades of working in Paraguay.