God's plans for His people are immense; the only thing that causes it not to move faster and with more momentum is us pulling back on the reigns in disobedience. We are often asked what we mean when we refer to "The Blueprint" in ministry; the idea is having a rounded ministry that encompasses Gospel, Health and Agriculture lines. Our desire is to make what is happening here in Eastern Kentucky, a pattern that can be replicated around the world. It should be top class, low cost and get as many people into the work as possible.
Agriculture as the Missing Link
Consider the life of Christ when he spoke parables to his disciples in the Gospels. How many times did God's Son pull lessons from the field of agriculture? The Sower went forth to sow, the harvest, the tares etc.. We should consider agriculture the ABCs of the gospel and yet its place is neglected and misunderstood. It has the capacity to change the momentum of the spread of the gospel, meet the physical needs of so many and also through proper understanding, could replace the Medical Missionary & Health work completely.
It is necessary to understand that throughout history, civilizations have always settled next to water sources. The water not only provided drink for the people and their animals, but supplied the means of watering their crops as well. Man has always been very attached to agriculture, it was God's original design that Adam and Eve be placed in a garden to tend..... When we look at the history of some of the greatest empires that have existed on our planet, their greatness was always attached to the fertility of their soils. Egypt with the yearly flooding of the Nile, providing fine silt as an amendment to the fertility of the next year's crop. Babylon may be a desert today, but at one time had a bountiful garden that was one of the wonders of the world.
Even Rome was covered with fertile fields and we can learn lessons from Rome in regard to their understanding of the necessity of fertile fields and strong citizens. When Rome conquered another nation, they would salt their fields to reduce the fertility of the land, knowing that the people that would be eating the foods grown from the land would not be healthy enough to overthrow the Roman yoke.
America has not learned its lesson, with toxic agriculture and genetic engineering but we can be a means for change. We can display that agriculture can be the most uplifting of any profession. Showing people how to put the nutrients back into the plants and soils to nourish humanity has the capacity to enhance more lives than anything else.
In a world where over a billion people go to bed with empty stomachs and the rest of the population suffers from malnourishment, there is an answer-The Blueprint. Consider when doing outreach/evangelism and yet your audience hasn't had a decent meal for a while, it reminds me of James 2:15-16 "If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?" We are also commissioned in the book of Isaiah 58:6-8 "Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily."
It should become evident that agriculture plays a role in the gospel commission that cannot be overlooked. The Blueprint entails combining Gospel Evangelism with the Medical Missionary work (The Right Arm) and the Remineralized Agriculture (the Left Arm).
God has promised to restore us spiritually through the gift of the Spirit, physically he can heal us this way too, but we shouldn't forget the part that soil plays. "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2Ch 7:14
Home for Health, God's Physician, and Golden Moments Farm are three ministries that are working in tandem with each other. Each ministry has a sphere of influence but together there is a greater influence than separated. We do desire to replicate this pattern elsewhere and it is our desire that other families will come into God's field, teaming up with others that can help flesh out the work better.