Faith-Based Food For The Needy
Laid off by the recession, Joel Bray created a garden that provides nutritious meals for the poor and elderly.
Photography by Denise Ritchie
Joel Bray at the Shining Light Garden with their youngest volunteer, 10-year-old Emily McCloud.
People who think prayer doesn’t work ought to talk to Joel Bray. He has operated the Shining Light Garden for the past five years, growing healthful produce and giving it away to needy families and senior citizens. Despite not knowing at crucial times where the next dollar will come from to buy fuel or fertilizer, Bray says that God has provided. To date, the garden has produced more than 8,700 bushels of food and fed thousands through local food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and low-income senior residences.
The garden’s name comes from Matthew 5:16. “Let your light shine before men so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.”
Read the entire article in the April 2013 issue