My First Garden, Quick Post 2

by | Jun 7, 2012 | 8 comments

I’m off to the Amazon Jungle tomorrow morning but had to post a garden progress pic before I left. (This growth is only over one month – I’m in awe on a daily basis.)






Oh, yes, you noticed the new fence. Well this is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and now that I have tomatoes at stake (pun possibly intended), I decided to go for it. As you can see, I salvaged some bamboo on the side of the road and made a bean tepee – because I spent all my money on the new fence and am turning cheap. I used some of the branches growing around the old chain-link fence for another mini-trellis in the lower bed for soup beans. I also discovered some brick where my yard was torn up for the fence. This find was the perfect excuse for making another mini bed (not pictured) for another tomato plant along with purple bush beans. My friend April says I’m erring on the side of junky. My neighbors think I’m odd, and somewhat strange garden-y people are beginning to identify me as one of their own. More on this upon my return.

In the meantime, I would love your prayers as I seek to help build a garden of another sorts in a jungle village called Puru Puru. A few of you may have seen the interview from Session 4 of Nehemiah with the pastor of this village sharing about a soup kitchen he and his wife had built. A group of us will be working with Pastor and Mrs. Paiva to add onto this kitchen as well as build a sustainable chicken farm for their village. We’ll also be planting some vegetables, so I’m hoping my “vast” garden knowledge might come in handy.

More than anything, I am longing for Jesus to show Himself to us along the river this week. Please pray with me toward that end. Currently the Amazon river is at one of its highest flood points in all of recorded history. Many are starving and losing their homes. I truly wrestle with why I am able to live where I live, where gardening is more for fun than for livelihood, and where I get to put up things like privacy fences and use water that a timer turns on and off. It’s a mystery to me. One that I often don’t know what to do with.

In the meantime, I am going through Beth Moore’s study on the book of James, and I am comforted by the fact that in the first few verses James reminds us of how important the poor are to him – and should be to us. I am grateful the Bible reveals that riches are not lasting, but what we do through Christ will never fade away. Thank you for your prayers.



  1. Kari

    Kelly – love your garden!! 🙂 This doesn't relate to your blog post at all but I couldn't figure out how else to email you with a question so sorry for doing it here!!

    I am leading your Nehemiah study with a group of women and today I just did day 4 of week 1 and here is my question. Is the King Artaxerxes of Nehemiah the same King Artaxerxes of Ezra? I have looked all over and haven't been able to figure out an answer to this question. The thing that confuses me is that Ezra 4 happened probably 70 years before Nehemiah so that would be a long time for the king to still be on his throne as well as that Nehemiah refers to the 20th year of King Artaxerxes reign. So was thinking maybe it is a descendant??? Any help would be much appreciated!!!

  2. Kelly Miller

    This is so beautiful, the Lord, sun, and water are doing amazing things to your gardens. I also love gardening. The Lord bless you on your trip to the Amazon Kelly!

  3. Luann

    you are to steward well what you have been given 🙂

  4. Lorrie

    Kelly – just beginning the study of Ruth. This is my first time to join you in the Word and I am so excited to get to know you as I take this journey. Will be praying for you as you "sweat for Jesus" in the jungle! The jungle: isn't it amazing that so many 'places' could be defined as a jungle!! Ready to hear what God does!

  5. VickiFBCTC

    Kelly, just finished Nehemiah and we were all so blessed. Finished it off with 6 of the recipes in the book…yum! Was looking at your blog and wishing you could keep us updated while in the Amazon. Too much to ask? I spent some mission time in Uganda last year and understand the "challenges." Thank you for your ministry.
    Blessings to you.

    • kelmint

      HI Vicki – Internet is pretty poor in the Amazon as you can imagine 🙂 I'll try to put a blog post together recapping some of our experiences. It was a very blessed and effective time. I love that part of the world!

  6. VickiFBCTC

    Thank you for responding, Kelly. Recently I followed Reaching Souls International while they were in Rwanda, and yes, I know how few a d far between is internet availability. Now I am following a group from our church that went to Kosovo with World Changers. I went to Uganda last year and desire to go back…such awesome people! Thank you sincerely for future blog info, I for one love to hear the work of our great God!
    Blessings to you, Kelly.

  7. GardenGirl

    How's the garden looking?