welcome to the garden
Welcome to our website. Feel free to look around and learn about the Garden, our friends and family, and the ministry. You may also want to take a look at the lists of Needs Met to get a feel for just some of the ways people have been touched through the Garden. If you’d like to get involved, check out our Partner With Us page or look through the list of New Projects. For specific ways you can help, visit our Current Needs page.
Watered Gardens is a member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions
To see the Church boldy engaged with the homeless and poor relationally, responsibly and compassionately.
We exist to serve the local Church in its mission to help the poor in Jesus name.
Isaiah 58… “Is this not the fast I chose…To divide your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into the house; when you see the naked to cover him … And you will be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”
Watered Gardens is the result of a vision from God planted in the hearts of Christians. It began from within homes as a simple neighborhood outreach. As the awareness of God’s compassion grew, so did the need for helping the increasing number of people. God has since supplied a facility from which to operate and the necessary participation of His people…the Church.
In the Spring of 2000, before Watered Gardens had come to be, we did a survey in an economically depressed area of Joplin. From house to house we went supplying a quick and easy circle-your-answer questionnaire that asked of people’s greatest needs. Sure, there were a lot of answers that dealt with furnishings, appliances and the like, but there were also a lot of responses like counseling, car repair, companionship, financial advisement, etc.
We believe God blesses His people so they can give to those without. Much of that blessing is far more important than any material item you might donate to Watered Gardens. We should also be using what God has taught us, the wisdom we’ve gained, the experience of living Kingdom life and the skills with which He has endowed us to help those in need.
a community effort
Now, Watered Gardens offers a variety of services and items basic to many families, all provided through the charity of our Christian community. Because this ministry is formed of several denominations, literally thousands of services and items have been provided to meet the needs of individuals throughout our community.