Church land feeds more than souls
Congregation raises soybeans to support hunger initiatives in Pennsylvania, Honduras
Deep Run East Mennonite Church in Perkasie, Pa., grew in new ways in 2020, raising tens of thousands of dollars to address hunger by raising crops on church property.
A 2018 initiative that challenged the congregation to find new and innovative ways to serve God sparked the memory of a 2002 Mennonite Weekly Review article about farmers in Minnesota donating proceeds from crops to the Food Resource Bank (now Growing Hope Globally).
Deep Run East is blessed with 40 tillable acres of land, so in December 2019 the congregation affirmed the idea. Team leaders Phil Nyce, Henry Rice, Mark Schmidt and Kermit Yoder determined soybeans would be planted on May 27.
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