We Connect Women
On the broken road of motherhood, to healing and wholeness.
There is Hope
The Garden is a local community of women in Greenville, SC walking deeper into the heart of the Father, through the journeys of infertility, infant loss, miscarriage, adoption, and foster care.
Jeremiah 31:2 says, “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness.” Later on in that passage, it says He will make “their lives like a well-watered garden and they shall languish no more.”
It is in the hard parts of our stories, the wilderness seasons of the soul, where the Father extends an invitation to us, inviting us deeper into His heart. In the midst of suffering, in unanswered prayers, and deep heart sores we can be well-watered women. Finding our life source in Him. When our hearts are well-watered, by walking in deep friendship with Father, the only response is an overflowing of His love out of us into others.
The vision for this ministry is to provide a safe place where women walking these journeys can ask hard questions, feel safe to be vulnerable, and walk in community together all through the lens of hope.
Where grace is found in the wilderness
We have a Garden Online Group where hope is thrown out like confetti every day of the week. In our online group, we share encouragement each day that supports the current teaching series in The Garden Gatherings. We have special guests that teach via video. Our favorite days are Tuesdays when we share testimonies of healing from women in The Garden.
We also have Garden Grow Groups, that meet at the end of every Garden Gathering and each month in their leader’s home. We believe strongly that community is a vehicle that the Father uses to bring about healing in our lives. Garden Grow Groups meet every woman in The Garden exactly where there are in their journey to healing and wholeness. Garden Grow Groups stay connected and encourage each other weekly.
Why We’re Here
Why the garden was formed, for women like you
It’s been the point of entry. Either a moment that has caused a tipping point, or a sudden onset, either way desperation is what has caused women to enter through the doors of our ministry. What we have found is the desperate ones, are the ones that are hungry. Jesus says in Luke 6:21, “How filled you become when you are consumed with hunger and desire, for you will be completely satisfied. “How content you become when you weep with complete brokenness, for you will laugh with unrestrained joy.”
What we’re finding in The Garden is women who walk through our doors with the narrative of desperation are finding more than what they were searching for. They’re finding that instead of having an identity of “the barren one,” or “the mom who lost her baby,” or “the foster and adoptive mom,” women are actually finding and then walking in their REAL identity– a daughter of the most high God. They’re finding their true identity as daughter to a loving, good, intimate Father, is so much more fulfilling than the desperate desire and identity they once carried when gracing our doors.
Don’t get me wrong, as women’s hearts are becoming healed, so are their bodies. We’ve seen more miracle babies born in The Garden this year than ever before. But the real miracle is the healing that is happening in hearts, in marriages, in homes, and their communities.
The Father has shifted the vision of The Garden. The Garden isn’t simply a “support group” for women walking through infertility, infant loss, miscarriage, foster care and adoption. Although we offer support, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we have spent 2020 intensely discipling these women in small groups. Where the rest of the world has gone backwards in 2020 because of COVID, The Garden has taken ground. And it’s looked like intense discipleship over zoom, or a cup of coffee. Our gatherings have continued with safety precautions, and will continue to be the cohesive piece of our ministry. But life altering moments in the women that we serve are happening in small groups.
What we’re sensing is a clearer vision of what God has called us to and that is to raise up mothers who mother and disciple their children and those around them. Because good mothers must be good daughters first.
What we’re finding is that women without any problems getting pregnant, or miscarriage, or infant loss, or adoption and foster care also have a point of entry. Desperation. We’ve had women hearing about what has happened in the lives of the women in The Garden with stories nothing like ours, that are just as desperate. “How do I learn how to disciple my children?” they say. And I can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard, “I’m absolutely desperate for community. I feel so lonely.”
The vision of our ministry is to connect women on the broken road of motherhood to healing and wholeness, but the heartbeat of our ministry is to raise up women who understand their identity as a daughter, and good daughters make really good mothers.
Essentially, God has called The Garden to a movement of motherhood.
The enemy has been after the seed of women since the garden of Eden. We will still have groups for women journeying the broken road of motherhood with narratives like infertility, infant loss, miscarriage, foster care and adoption.
But we’ll have groups for women that are already mothers too.
The Garden is not only a place where women come and get healed, it’s way more than that. It’s a movement of motherhood that starts with loving the one in front of us. Being discipled and discipling. The Garden exists to see women walk in their true identity as a daughter of God to disciple children and the other women around them. A grassroots movement of women walking in deep intimacy with their Father while driving to the fertility clinic, or changing diapers, or sitting across from another mom during a playdate.
On the broken road of motherhood, to healing and wholeness.
Well, you can support this ministry. Your generous donation goes directly to help us continue to connect women on the broken road to motherhood to healing and wholeness. We support and connect these women in many different ways.