WE HAVE A DREAM
To feed the poor & needy in the community and nearby city with healthy & pure (ORGANIC) fruit, vegetables, and animal products. (Organic foods are generally too expensive for lower income families).
Educate low-income individuals with healthy growing and eating practices, information, statistics, health problem trends, teenage inactivity, obesity & other troubling trends, additives, preservatives, addictive substances in processed foods and etc. (Obesity is most prevalent in lower income families who can only afford cheaper products such as Kraft Dinner and Ramen Noodles).
Educate the church concerning the above, and how the churches can help our communities by offering natural, GOD designed solutions.
Give ALL Glory to God concerning living naturally and healthy lives, in keeping with the way God originally designed the earth to function and to feed.
Offer various workshops i.e., Healthy Cooking Classes; Organic Gardening; Family Bonding weekends; Communication and Marriage weekends; Outward Bound type programs etc. (see PowerPoint presentation or business plan for detailed list suggestions).
Large lodge area, various outbuildings, and animal shelters.
Large garden & raised bed areas to grow (organic only):
In-ground gardens– vegetables and fruit trees that are indigenous to the area.
Raised beds– above ground box-like vegetable/fruit beds.
Berry patches– with stakes, wire etc.
Container gardens– for herbs etc.
Flower beds– around buildings and etc.
Greenhouse gardening– for starter plants.
2- 10 Acres of land with some buildings: Fixer uppers are fine, but not too run down. One house is needed. A large lodge type building is needed, & some outbuildings if possible.
Bonuses would be: Cooking facilities, animal shelters, outbuildings, cabins, a 2nd house, gardening and maintenance equipment.
Natural water source and water system in place with a healthy water supply.
A non-polluted area without potential for pollution in the distant future.
Fertile Soil that allows for working to make the soil better i.e., turning, composting etc.
Several large garden and raised bed areas.
Secluded location at least ½ hour from the nearest city.
Located preferably in the USA, but will consider other locations.
KEY INDIVIDUALS, PROGRAMS & RESORCES:
Tim & Kathleen: Live on the land. Work & oversee work of the land and buildings as well as all administrative and PR duties. We won’t need a salary, but would prefer to live rent free.
Gardener/Agriculture consultant expert in the chosen location, (soil types, etc.)
This is a volunteer service and may involve many people.
Volunteer farm workers: People who have to put in community hours; People with vested interest in Christianity, organic gardening, rehabilitating people, helping the poor, etc. (Could pay some workers if we charge better-income individuals for workshops, classes etc).
Prayer Partners: Churches & individuals (an absolute must have!).
Financial Supporters: One-time, monthly, quarterly, yearly donations (We already have several people asking how they can sow into our ministry).
Land/Buildings Donor: Individual or organization willing to donate land with buildings.
Community Support & Global Awareness: Get Center a good name in the community and elsewhere to foster volunteer help & donations.
UNDERSTANDING THE VISION:
This is not a proposal for investors. We are not offering a ROI (return on your investment). (Unless you consider changed lives and turning to Jesus a return on your investment as we do! ) We hope to partner with someone who shares this vision to see the poor fed with the healthiest kinds of food, and to educate the poor, the church, and others about God’s love for them and how He designed natural resources to be used.
We have the skills, and the heart attitude to work this as a successful project. We are offering our lives and our resources into the service of Jesus to reach people and draw them into His kingdom. We are missionaries. This is our life mission. We see a great need and a great injustice being done in the world concerning the foods we eat and the supply to the under privileged. We believe the church can (and should!) offer solutions to a world in need, using every resource the Lord has provided us with. In this case:
Our land, our time, our skills, our sweat, our resources, and our love.
We have a lot to offer, and we will work hard to achieve these goals, but we don’t have the land or the buildings. We are so passionate and concerned that this need be met, we are willing to come visit, and look at your location, we are not going to limit this to the area of our choice since we want to work with a land owner whose vision most parallels our own.
We are looking for God’s hand to direct this divine meeting.
This isn’t about us. This isn’t about you. This is about answering a call to a great need.
A Christian solution is long overdue.