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“We prayed for a year and then asked the owners if we could create a garden,” says Carpenter. “They said no. We waited. We were patient. We asked again, and they said yes. God has allowed us to use this space without paying for it. As we have the money we put in plant containers. We see it as transforming people’s lives—a place to share the gospel. That points to what God does in our lives. He grows us and transforms us.


“There’s a homeless lady who lives in here. She has a botany degree, and she takes care of the plants. She sleeps on the sidewalk in the back. But she takes care of the plants. Crazy.”


The Epic Life community is excited that Seattle is a Send North America city, and is already working with a supporting church, Oakwood Baptist Church, in New Braunfels, Texas.


“They brought 130 youth and their leaders this summer,” says Carpenter.


30 Summer 2012 • onmission.com

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