Choosing to homestead in a day and age when a couple weeks’ worth of groceries can literally be delivered to your doorstep mere hours after you order them seems like madness. But for many Bible-believing people, the world we live in grows madder with each passing day, and we are drawing ever-nearer to the end times.
Survive to serve
To continue serving the Lord in tribulation, of course, it is necessary to survive. Surviving in a world of uncertainty requires self-sufficiency, and to be able to live off the land and off-grid, relying on the bounty of God bestowed through His Creation, is paramount for people “hiding in plain sight” in intentional Christian communities.
Learn from each other
Homesteading, aside from being a necessary lifestyle to survive the tribulation, offers other practical advantages to the body through fresh air, physical activity, and the consumption of wholesome, natural foods; to the mind, through problem-solving and appreciation of nature’s wonders and God’s providence; and to the environment itself, as homesteaders often inflict less of an impact on the environment than modern, commercial farmers and ranchers.
Michelle (last name omitted for anonymity) and her husband are in the process of moving their family from suburban Colorado to Silent Hill Farms. They have no homesteading experience.
“Right now, the environment out here is getting pretty toxic,” Michelle says. “People are starting to be rather unfriendly to people of different opinions, so we were trying to figure out in Biblical timelines where we thought we were. We’re looking for a community of like-minded people who, as we go through these times, can all look out for each other, help each other, learn from each other, that sort of thing.”
Prayer and fasting
Michelle and her husband visited Silent Hill Farms before committing to join the community. At first, they had no peace about the decision to move, as Michelle’s husband had no job to support the family in their would-be new home.
“We prayed and fasted, and within two months, God provided an avenue for my husband to keep his job and move out there,” says Michelle. “We got peace that this was the correct thing we were supposed to do.”
‘Excited and nervous’
Michelle says her family is “excited and nervous” to give homesteading a go, and her sons are particularly looking forward to the rural opportunities they don’t have now – such as raising chickens and living a country lifestyle.
“We are excited to be out in the Ozarks,” Michelle says. “We’re hoping it’s easier to grow things. Colorado has really terrible soil and weather. I’ve started doing research through a gardening Facebook group to learn how to do it.”
Troy, by contrast, was born and raised in the intentional community and returned after a few years as a businessman in the city.
“When I got ready to have kids, I wanted to come back to where there’s not so much violence and raise them with a rural lifestyle,” says Troy. “I think more people are getting into homesteading, because they’re a little bit leery of the supply chain being there. You need it one day, and [it’s gone]. We’re just trying to be more self-sufficient and not so affected by world events.”
‘You can ease into it’
As for the green homesteaders joining the community, Troy says, “You can ease into it.
“People are wanting to come here to have a good life, to have a good family life, to get away from the violence and some of the stuff they’re seeing in the cities, and we welcome that,” Troy adds. “We love to see people come here who want to integrate in our communities and be a beneficial part, so that’s what we’re looking to see.”