The Stock and The Scion
Written by Plant With Purpose on May 22, 2012 in General
By Becky Rosaler
Graft (noun): a piece of plant tissue (the scion), normally a stem, that is made to unite with an established plant (the stock) which supports and nourishes it.
The art of grafting is a technique that Plant With Purpose farmers learn through seminars and hands on trial and error. Many in the U.S. are familiar with the grafting of citrus plants or rose bushes. On Amazon, you can purchase one tree that produces oranges, lemons, and limes. The purpose behind grafting is to combine two plants for greater success: the stock often has a more established root system and is able to support the growth of the more desirable scion.
Pastor Luis has a plot of land in the Dominican Republic. His ingenuity led him to a grafting project that is having a great return on his efforts. A vine known as granadilla is very susceptible to disease, making it a hard crop to grow but bringing in $3 US per fruit. Pastor Luis realized that the granadilla could be grafted into passion fruit vines, which tend to be heartier and provide the necessary stock to successfully produce healthy fruit.
Seamlessly, Carlos (our Dominican Republic Country Director) shared an object lesson with the group of visiting Americans, correlating the relationship between the passion fruit stock and the granadilla scion to our lives being grafted into the stock of Christ.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Plant With Purpose leaders are rooted in Christ, cultivating fruit in our partnering pastors and farmers, implementing life changes, and creating teachable moments.
Reflecting upon this today, I am reminded that we are grafted into the body of Christ, capable of bearing fruit through Jesus’ strong stock, and that all I have to do is remain as I grow into Him.