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Angels In Our Midst

Angels In Our Midst

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Angels In Our Midst (Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church)

Updated: Tuesday, March 19 2013, 11:01 AM CDT
A baseball diamond used to sit idle behind Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Milton.

The pastor had a vision to turn that field of dreams into acre of hope.

Now a faithful few are working to feed his sheep; like Angels in our Midst.

Brother Lee Johnson, planting Victory garden; I come from sharecroppers and we know about what people like to eat and what they need to eat.

Rev. Charles Bradshaw, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church; you might call me a gentleman farmer; i don't know nothing much about farming.

"I just kind of follow him around. He tells me what to do."

Though the laborers are few, they are willing workers and their harvest looks to be plentiful.

Brother Lee; "We have four rows of irish potatoes on this corner. We have six rows of corn. We have watermelons inside the corn. We have four rows of okra, crowder, butter beans, pole beans, collards, broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers, vandallia, bell peppers, banana peppers, cayenne peppers and jalapeanos. The preacher likes chow chows, so we had to plant some of that for him."

Area businesses and neighboring churches have reached out to the small congregation; impressed by what they've done. The reverend says it's just getting back to their roots.

Rev. Bradshaw; "I believe if the church would stand up and do what it needs to do, a lot of these needs would be met in the community. I don't know, i'm just an old country preacher and I like doing things the old way.

Brother Lee; "We don't want to take anybody's dignity from them; make them feel bad or anything. But, sometimes, you know when it's hard to make your rent, pay your bills, it's hard to put the food on the table."

The members have a larger vision for meeting those needs. They hope to buy land beyond the field so they can rotate crops. They need a well and fencing to keep wildlife out of the garden but for now ...

Lee; "I'm a father of five and it's almost looking out at one of your children and seeing them develop and grow, it's the same joy."

A joy to be shared and freely given. Faith that led them to turn the first spade of dirt, sustains them as they wait for the harvest and the takers.

Rev.; "You don't even have to be a member here, just come on."

And we'll feed you and we'll do all that we can do for you. We don't have a whole lot of money but we got a whole lot of love.

If you come up and i can give you a tomato or a green salad or we can fix a nice meal for you and you can enjoy it and i see a smile on your face, that's satisfaction for me.

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