Wednesday, May 31, 2006

How Does Your GARDEN Grow?

My Neighbor's GARDEN is sprouting green! The new apple trees, bush cherries and red raspberry canes are popping out little leaves all over. And on Thursday, May 11, the double-dig of Bed #1 was completed!! It was a perfect overcast and breezy day, so those last 16 rows took about the same time as my first 4 rows in the hot sun. What a beautiful sight the airy 100-square-foot mound of dirt was as the final shovel-full of dirt dropped to the ground. I quickly planted some marigolds at each end to discourage insect pests and dropped in a couple types of tomatoes mixed in with some basil (to improve the growth and flavor of the tomatoes, plus repel flies and mosquitoes). As of today, the watermelons and sweet potatoes are planted. I just need to start the cabbage in a flat for later transplant to finish this bed ... then onto Bed #2.

Don't miss a great opportunity to learn how to do this yourself! It may sound like a lot of work, but I call it the "workout for the untamed"! Who needs a gym if you have a garden?! Come on by, I've got an extra shovel waiting for you. For more information, contact Deb Cruver at

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Next Health Club at Zarephath Meeting: June 12, 2006

During our first meeting on May 8, we discussed 6 of the 7 "Components of Total Health": Rest/Sleep, Exercise, Air, Sunshine, Personal Hygiene, and Attitude. We found out that total health isn't just the absence of pain and symptoms, but the point where our bodies are functioning at 100%. In order for us to do this, we need to address these components in our lives. We took home some suggested "baby steps" as an encouragement to implement what we learned.

Next month, our focus will be on the 7th component -- the big doozie -- Nutrition! Americans are the most overweight and under-nourished people in the world. Let's discover why that is and what thought patterns we might need to change in order to help our bodies function as they should. We'll cover some basic biology and physiology to find out what fuels we require. PLUS, we'll get another recipe to take home as well as the monthly book review so you can explore some of these issues on your own.

Mark your calendar now for Monday, June 12, 7-9 pm at the Main Building Reception Room in Zarephath, NJ. For more information and to sign-up, contact Deb Cruver at

Monday, May 08, 2006

Progress Report

So much is happening in My Neighbor's Ministries; it's time for an update!

My Neighbor's HEALTH

What would you do if you were offered an empty state-of-the-art hospital on the Caribbean Island of Antigua?! Well, if you are part of the leadership team of Zarephath Health Center, whose purpose is to meet the medical needs of the uninsured and poor, you'd thank God for this incredible opportunity! Read more about it at:

The "Health Club" at Zarephath launched its monthly gathering with a focus on the "Components of Total Health." The next meeting will be Monday, June 12, 7:00-9:00 pm in the Main Building Reception Room at Zarephath. Topic: "Nutrition: What's Food Got to do With It?" More info: write Deb Cruver at

My Neighbor's GARDEN

The workday was a great success! Hard-working volunteers cleared and planted deer-resistant perennials along the north fence border, cleared the first garden bed and installed an arbor entrance. Also complete is the installation of 5 semi-dwarf apple trees, 2 bush cherries and 3 red raspberries. In the works is the transplanting of an evergreen privacy barrier as well as a waterline out to the Garden. If you're interested in learning to double-dig, I've got four rows completed and plenty to go ... grab a shovel and come on over! More information: Deb Cruver at

Work Team's trip to DESIRE STREET

Our 5-person team came back with wonderful stories and pictures, telling us about their experience serving in hurricane-ripped New Orleans. They're presently working on their own blogsite. I'll update you when that is complete so you can find out more about what they did and their upcoming return trip this summer. Thank you for your gifts and prayers! They accomplished much, but there is so much more that needs to be done!!

Progress continues on all fronts, including My Neighbor's HOME, My Neighbor's PANTRY and My Neighbor's CLOSET. Keep checking back for more details as these ministries continue to grow.