Sowing Seeds, Cultivating Hope
Jul 1, 2017
On a small lot near the most sex-trafficked and drug-trafficked street in Compton, California, sits a lush garden, filled with vegetables, flowers, herbs, … and hope.
Compton is better known as the birthplace of the notorious street gangs the Bloods and the Crips. But since 2013, a group of Navigators have made this garden plot a source of education, job opportunity, and connection.
Navigators Bob and Susan Combs have lived and served in Compton for 20 years. “It’s easy to share the Gospel with someone,” Susan says. “But that doesn’t solve the problem of ‘I don’t have a job, I can’t provide for my family.’
Their first job-creation idea was selling used cars, but the owner of an available lot wanted them to grow vegetables. Susan says, “We had no idea how to do that, but we said yes.”