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Dear co-workers in Christ,

It is that time of year again! Within the last couple of weeks I have received no less than 3 seed catalogues! Gardening and spring are just around the corner!

I only wish I didn’t live in Zone 3! Those of you who do some gardening know what I am talking about. Zone 3 is the northern tier of the United States. Being in Zone 3 limits your choices as to what you can grow (or try to grow)! Unfortunately, our good Lord did not make all plants able to withstand our Minnesota climate. Sadly, I can be paging through one of those seed catalogues and come across a fruit or vegetable plant that appears to be ever-so-delicious only to get to the last line describing the item and discover that it is not adaptable to Zone 3!

If only I lived in Zone 4 or Zone 5 or Zone 6! I could then have such an amazing garden!

But, I live in Zone 3. So do you.

So, have you ever heard the expression, “Bloom where you are planted”?

Where has God planted you? Has He planted you in a small town? Has He planted you in a community that is shrinking in size? Such places can perhaps feel like being in Zone 3 for a gardener with the sense that ministry opportunities and opportunities to grow are fewer than if you lived some place else.

But the truth of the matter is this. In His wisdom God has placed you to be where you are and in the ministry you currently have. And while there could be other places where you could have more ministry opportunities, there are ample opportunities for ministry right where God has planted you. Jesus once said this to His disciples, “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” (John 4:35)

His Words are still true for today! By His grace, He has placed you where you are with the daily opportunity to serve Him in His kingdom in meaningful ways and in ways that will make eternal differences in the lives of the people He gives you to serve. By His grace, daily you and I can sow the seed of His Word. Daily, you and I can take great comfort in knowing that it is not due to our efforts but rather due to the power of His Word that there is a harvest from our labors. “What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe – as the Lord has assigned each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.” (1 Corinthians 3:5-7)


Rev. David Strohschein

Mission and Ministry Facilitator/Gardener