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Church’s community garden spreads ‘Seeds of Hope’

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Pastor Terry Simmons stands at the 8,000-square-foot garden that has been a focal point of Cash Baptist Church’s “Seeds of Hope” ministry in its rural Arkansas community. Photo by Charlie Warren/Arkansas Baptist News
CASH, Ark. (BP)--Can a small church in a rural community make a difference? Terry Simmons thinks so and set out to prove it.
    The church Simmons leads, Cash Baptist in Cash, Ark., celebrated the success of its Seeds of Hope ministry in mid-July, having distributed fresh vegetables and fruit to every household in the community, more than 100 families in all.
    Simmons and the church drew media attention by inviting political leaders and candidates from both parties to the celebration. Simmons asked them to address rural poverty issues. The church also served a meal featuring the garden’s vegetables and fruit.