“The lives of many are too delicate and dainty. They know nothing of bearing hardship as good soldiers of Christ. They are hindrances to the work of soul saving. They have many wants; everything must be convenient and easy, to suit their taste.”
Volume 8, Testimonies, pages 52-53
As I interact with people day by day I realize just how spoiled “we” have become. In the past folk had to go to the well to draw water, or the spring. There were no indoor toilets and no showers. If you bathed, you had to draw up the water, start a fire, heat the water (unless you’re brave or it’s summer!), bathe with a bucket of water, and throw out the bath water when you finished. Having homesteaded on numerous occasions, I know what this looks like day to day. I’ve done it! It’s not easy, but it is definitely a rewarding and valuable experience.
The Bible says that, in the near future, those who remain faithful to Jesus will no longer be able to buy or sell. (Revelation 13:17 “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”) What will you do? If you can’t pay your water bill? power bill? buy gas or food? Are you preparing? Are you preparing spiritually? physically? mentally? emotionally?
Are you prepared to be ridiculed, hated or hunted and still stand for your convictions? I believe that living in the country is one of the most merciful things God could call us to do in preparation for what is ahead. Trials? You better believe it! Homesteading is not for sissies! We must prepare ourselves to be comfortable being uncomfortable! God help us to embrace His method of schooling.
I would like to invite you to our Spring 2018 Camp Meeting at Closure for Jesus Farm if you need help getting started. Even if you’re an old pro, you can come and share your experience with others. May 16-20. More to come!
Spring Family Camp Meeting is coming up. Mark your calendar! May 16 is registration (5-8PM). Meetings start on Thursday morning, May 17 and go through Sunday, May 20. Dr. Norman McNulty is our Sabbath speaker. Classes include basic homestead knot-tying, chainsaw safety, physical fitness, soil preparation for the future, essential oils, flint and steel and ferro rods, solar do’s and don’t’s, wild edibles and medicinals, natural wound care and more! There is no registration fee, but I need to make sure we are adequately prepared, so please let us know by April 23 if you are coming, or are pretty sure you are. We will request love offerings and camp meeting expense offerings, as expenses to provide this service are significant. If you’d like to support preparations beforehand, we have a donate button here on this page.
A friend recently visited from North Dakota and brought her apple peeler to help me with canning apples. I am hooked!! I vowed I’d own one as soon as possible, and I do. It was inexpensive, and cut my canning time by more than half!! Check it out!
Our country living/homestead journey has brought some interesting experiences. We believe that the Lord has used these experiences to show us things in our characters that we needed to deal with. As a couple we have been brought closer together, and as Christians, we’ve been brought closer to the Lord. We want to share some of what we’ve been through as an encouragement to others who plan to or are in the process of moving to the country.
Our friend, Patrick Holland, a member of the local Charity church, agreed, at our request, to bless us with special music at our opening meeting for the Total Preparation Campmeeting we just had. What a tremendous blessing! See for yourself:
Life looks different at 15mph than it does at 55, you know. And I had a very nice opportunity to experience life at 15 today–the icing on my camp meeting cake. Our camp meeting ended last evening, and I have many GB of video footage to edit. It was such a blessing. In answer to prayer, the Holy Spirit was present, and the fellowship was very sweet. We learned so much!!
In March of this year Medical Missionary Kids, a ministry focused on helping kids learn gardening, medical missionary work, natural remedies, etc., contacted us to ask if we’d be willing to produce a video introducing kids to gardening. We agreed, and asked some friends who have lots of kids if we could “borrow” their little ones! 🙂
In contemplation of this video, I prayed one day that the Lord would give me a little song to go along with the video. He answered, and here is the song and a little clip of the footage we did with the kids when they came. If you’d like to see the full version, go to www.medicalmissionarykids.com.