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California Church Bears Literal Fruit


Gateway Christian Reformed Church in Merced, Calif., is planting seeds by planting trees. Forty of them, actually, all on the church’s property.

Within a couple of years, the fruit from the tress will be given to families of the church and community who need food aid.

Some of the fruit can also be sold to help the youth group raise funds for summer camps and other activities.

Money for irrigation supplies and the trees came from a memorial fund for Marine Cpl. Joshua Daniel Pickard, a young man from the church who was killed in Iraq. “His mother agreed to use some of the funds for this to help those in need and to help more youth get to camps,” said Rev. Al Schaap, pastor of Gateway Church.

“The Lord used many people in so many great ways to complete this project,” said Patrick McGowan, a Gateway member who helped make the project a reality. “It was an honor to be involved, and I look forward to the day our trees bear the Lord’s fruit!”

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