We get a little bit anxious yet a little excited at this time every autumn. The cool weather brings with it the promise of rest, but it also brings 'encouragement' to wrap things up before the cold truly settles in to stay. Summer on the farm has a way of driving us forward with hardly a chance to catch our breaths before we realize that months have passed without communicating with you, our family, friends, and partners. For this we apologize and take the next few minutes to share those things that God has brought into our lives during this season.
THIS SEASON AT OUR HEART
Literally hundreds of people have come through our gates this season. Our home - our heart - has been full with the goings-on of what Keipos is all about. The starting point of our mission to ‘Welcome, Equip, Go’, our home/farm is central to how we live out our ideals. The farm is a connection point for members of our community and we have loved meeting new people from our surrounding areas as they come to gather food from the harvest.
Some things we’ve had going on at our heart:
THIS SEASON IN OUR CITY
Different things have led us out of the farm gates and into the community the past few months.
Some things we’ve had going on in our city:
THIS SEASON IN OUR WORLD
Summer is our slow season for working in the world. There are some things to share, though, that are exciting!
Some things going on in our world:
FARM V. KEIPOS
We are always striving to find better ways to explain the relationship between Keipos and our farm (New Earth Farm & Goods). The farm has been a way to connect with and serve our local community. More importantly, the farm has been the training ground for our ministry and educational program. It’s not something that financially supports our ministry and home. For example, this year our input cost for supplies, infrastructure and labor equals the income received by the farm. We still have yet to take any payment from the farm, for our home or personal use. We need you to help save the farm - the heart of Keipos ministry - by supporting us in a variety of ways!
Here is one way you can help:
Something near and dear to our hearts is food. Growing it, cooking it, and eating it - most importantly, with others! Joy is found in these shared experiences, and it is truly life-giving. We have come up with a way to bring others into this experience as a way of raising funds and would like to invite you to join us at ‘Table-on-Farm’.
We have done two meals out at the farm already (group of 8 and group of 12) and from what we can tell, everyone enjoyed his/her time immensely! Warmer weather will allow seating outside, so if you’re interested, contact us ASAP! Cooler weather will bring you indoors into our sunroom, heated by a cozy wood-burning fireplace. We have dining space for any time of year!
FEAST OF TABERNACLES (Sukkot)
This week we are observing this Jewish holiday. We began last night, eating our supper around the fire pit and sleeping in a tent outside. These are tangible reminders to us that Israel once dwelled in temporary shelters during their forty years in the wilderness, totally dependent on the Lord. Our life here is fleeting and our material possessions, given by God, can be taken away at any instant. God is faithful and He will continue to provide all we need. This week we are also remembering those around the world and in our own place that many have been displaced and have a loss of home and our sojourners in the land. Would you like to join us during this special week? We would love to invite you to join us at the farm any night this week, in your own shelter. All are welcome - you may contact us to let us know when you will come. We will do this daily through Saturday night, and then finish out the week with a church service on the farm Sunday morning! We also wish that you would all join with us in prayer this week.