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  • November 15, 2015
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OK I think the place to start this morning. Is to introduce the board members that are here unfortunately for various reasons. Three of our board members were not able to attend this conference. And that is. Darrell Hosford. He's from from an Jews. University area up there and. DANIEL The Flair who is from Georgia and. Matt Dealey who is at DE Star Academy. And so we've missed them. This weekend and they. They have been watching I know all of the live stream and they were wishing they were here but like I say for various reasons they couldn't be. But those who are here. Let's just make sure I think you've seen most of us over the weekend. But we just want to make sure you know who we are just so you can approach us and know that we're here to listen to you. Let's start down at that and. I'm Robert Baer. And I'm the treasure for the association. Tell us where you're from and what. From Springfield Oregon or Jasper Oregon. And also with light beers ministry where we're starting a new agricultural program. And through overseeing the publishing department. I'm Alan Tyler. From sulphur Oklahoma. Have a little farm there called Better Together parm that it's more of a prototype farm that we're starting up with our family and. I'm just a board member. So. Larry leisure from Harden's bird Indiana. It's about forty minutes outside of Louisville Kentucky and. Just a board member to. I'm darn. I'm darn Greenfield. Live in California are we Mars to choose and manage the fire. And I'm John King or have a farm in middle Tennessee. So you know I was thinking that probably the proper term for what we want to have here this morning. Is a town hall meeting. Basically you know we're here to to hear from you. And we thought it might be. Be good to start with just a little review of of how this association came about and what has happened over the last couple years. I think there's been some mention of it. This. This came out of Bob Jordan's true education and agriculture conferences that he held I think for about five years. He helped them a couple times in West Virginia at Bob Gregory's Berea gardens. And then the last two was the two years at U.T. pines. In Alabama. And out of that there were there were some who were. You know of course with true education in agriculture you can't separate them. You know. Agriculture is foundational to true education. But there was a feeling that some people were wanting more. And particularly more practical information on agriculture and. So there were a number of us. All over the country who are feeling a burden for for agriculture and having some kind of association where we could come together and network and encourage each other. And so the Lord orchestrated it. At the huge she pines conference in two thousand and thirteen right. And. And we had an organizational meeting there. And formed. The association and. And the group. Elected kind of a steering committee. To get it going. And then we met again. In the that was in November we met the following January and tried to kind of form something a little more concrete and then it's just grown from there. We had our first conference last fall. And we kind of. I know you've heard the mission statement in the objectives it's weekend. But we kind of decided you know the three ways. We wanted to really try to get the message out there. You know the mission statement again is to encourage and support. All seeking to understand and follow God's plan for agriculture. And so we felt like a web site and a magazine and a conference. An annual conference were three ways that we could try to encourage and support this. This movement. So that was our first focus and. We have a Web site. I just sort of. Yeah I miss to offer no. Well yeah that is the Web site is going places now we were very happy to have Daryl Haas furred on the board then he's kind of taken that initiative. And I I really think that you will see some exciting changes over this winter. You know changes happen in the winter because the summer. There's too much else going on so we have a Web site under development. And we trust that that's going to become more and more practical and useful. I think many of you have seen we did put out and when I say we. It was really Daniel the flare. Heat. He took the initiative of the. The magazine and came out with an issue the first issue that I know many people were excited and energized by. And we hope that just the beginning. But again because of a lot of things going on we've only had the one issue. And now we've had two conferences. So that's kind of. But just the last thing I would say before we open this up here at the last conference it really hit home to us that we had to really focus more on training. And particularly young people you know there was a lot of interest. Among the young people. And we really started brainstorming about how we could be more involved in training so we've kind of added up the fourth. Initiative. And that is some kind of block training or. You know we've got a lot of ideas and we'd like to hear from you on how we can provide training. You know we talked about yesterday the reality that everybody's looking for farmers. And we don't know where to point them. You know it's so sad when. When people come up to you and say oh I'm looking for a farmer can you tell me where I could find the farmer. And we have to say. I'm sorry I don't know where to point you I don't know what to tell you. So that's where we are. But where do we need to be. We want to hear from you do. Do any of you all. I just like to comment about the. The need for farmers. I heard that there was seven. Places looking for a farmer and plastic us that makes eight. And that's actually a small number compared with what's out there is there is really a huge need and. We've got to do something about it. So this new initiative is a really important one I feel that if we're going to meet the need and fulfill God's purpose for agriculture and else schools and institutions. Then we really got to address the need and. If we carry on the way we are I think the need is going to increase we've got a state of their being maybe twenty or so. Need for farmers it could be a hundred. You know so we've got to get the ball rolling in this direction. I don't want to change the subject because I like the subject. But I just want to say things tell you guys. Everyone that's been here this week that took time out of their lives found it important enough to be here. It's an encouragement does one and to Will. When we stepped out in faith to to say we believe this. You know. We could come to this place. This size for this price. You know you are the manifestation of our. You know the Lord for and pressing hearts and showing up so I just wanted to take a moment say thank you guys. And anybody for live streaming encourage you to be with us down in Florida next year because it is a huge encourage me and I think the blessing is much greater when we come together and take all the communion that we have after and together. Meeting different people I've just met wonderful people this year so think you can just continue on with them and you know about one just. I don't know how many of you know. But this facility here. Has been to over backwards for us to be here and has really gave us a better price for the facility for the time we needed and also to have been extremely helpful. And just with just a cool stuff back. Pfaff was our contact person here. And his staff has been incredibly. Helpful. And so many ways. Just they have so many little things around here I mean like these the stage was here when we got here. You know and we just had to add a few things that are just so many of the things are already a lined up in place. Working with the food as well. They don't usually law allow another cook from outside to come in but for our group they did so all the wonderful food you had was all packed the bending back over outside of their comfort zone. To actually make sure that we are taking care of well. And I just want to put that out there for. I mean just amazing. The Lord is really blessed them and blessed us by how they've worked with us. Well we don't we've we've got a short time here so we want to make the most of it so we'd like to hear from you. You've heard a little bit about the direction we see the Lord leading but we want to be open to to you. And so we've got to Mike. Up front here. Anyone who would like to come forward and share what's on your heart. We'd love to hear. If you have questions or just. Whatever. The thought just came to me as I was sitting here and you're saying we need more farmers. Why I'm live in a farming community. All around me are farmers. Why don't why doesn't someone create me an evangelistic study guide. That would relate to farming. That I could sit down. With my farming neighbors and help them to become adventurous farmers but I need it written in a different language perhaps that they would be more interested in more drawn their very drawn to my husband he's knowledgeable and they depend on him they call him on the phone and ask him for questions all the time. But we just haven't followed right. In the thought hit me this morning there's lots of farmers in my area just to help me make them become At been this and then we have many more had been a farmer's. I felt the need for some sort of tool for that purpose. Because we interact with a lot of people out of our colleagues and and. If we could have a state of Bible study that were that came at the Bible from an agricultural perspective. And so it was very relevant. I think that would be very very powerful so if anybody is gifted in that area I would encourage you to develop some Bible studies. Along those lines. Yeah yeah. I would love to do it and it's been a burden to to to do something like that and I think. My problem is I've got too many irons in the fire and. I'm too much of an overachiever and not concentrating on the phone. You know a few vital projects but. I think what we really need is as if the Lord blesses us with resources I'm talking about financial resources that we could actually have and. Someone that's paid to do that so that because everybody's got an A living everybody's got to put food on the table if we had some resources it would. It would really help develop some tolls like that part of the reason why we are moving so slow is us as an association is because the board is primarily farmers and farmers of the busiest people on the planet. And so to try to farm. And do this work it's really slow. So we need we need. Telent. We need people who have the burden. They're not necessarily stretched as far as we are that can come on board in just work with us to develop these tools. I have a suggestion on supplying the farmer. Need to realize that a lot more with spawning training and so forth those is the real the real answer but I think maybe having something on the Web site that would post. Needs and also people who are looking for opportunities for training also. I can sort of like in the back are growing for market you know. With a disclaimer that we do not necessarily endorse whatever happens afterward. Would be you know a good start because I read those ads very you know and every now and then it tugs on my heart just reading those ads even though they're not related to those. I mean this this brought tears to my eyes. The other day when our night when John said seven. Farmers who said. I knew I should be one of those today. So there are people out there that. That could be pulled in. If we had had that. Then my other thing I just put into other items. And that is. You know I feel that their big hole with Bob Jorgen tune. And I think we've done a good job in this conference in putting inspiration and in that slot. But I think we can in future conferences really make sure we really fill that as much as we can. I think we have some good people in our leadership. If they you know. Can really give that message of history and. And what God is calling that will serve people they have to move out and. So I think we need to really make sure that stays strong strengthen that. And. And then the other thing was that sort of related to that. That I think in this conference we've done. Good steps with a preconference seminar and so forth to give the beginners and potential homesteaders are people who moving out of the city. The tools an inspiration is a need by think we can do more and that maybe in having a panel of people that can tell those great stories of how God is help than just get out of the city and figure out how to land right side up some. Some of those kind of things. And even more of a practical. You know. Classes. That will help that. So I think we're doing really great with dealing with small farmer you might say. But we can continue to encourage and give the flavor that this is for the people that are just want to get out of Dallas or are whatever. Tree shape that and I do want to say that we are taking notes. We've got our note takers down here so we do we do take your suggestions. Seriously just decide. You know I I know that we on our farm were quite passionate about training. And I I don't haven't heard a lot about this block training but farmers are busy. And there's a lot of people that are looking for opportunities to learn. And I. It's just a thought just kind of came to me maybe. What we really need to be focusing on is helping farms that are in place. Have the ability to take apprentices on because I know for us that has been held up for a lot of years. I mean if the Lord wants it it happens and we always have been able to take those who come. But I know some of your situations. You're not really in a place where you could take on an apprentice. If you could take on Apprentice I mean we were able to do what we could for this conference this year. Because we had six apprentices that were pulling the weight of our farm this summer and. So you know. We just we've got all these farms that really are happening. Is there a way that we can connect people who want to learn in a in a more efficient. Simple. Go to go work with their in Greenfield he has a little place you can stay for a week or two and work with him. Also I would. I would like to add to that. From the institutional perspective more is that. You probably heard it from here. That you have to veins alliance needs one is finding a farmer. But then if you are young farmer who wants to go you are in need of land where you can do it. And so the pending where it's breakout session UN or panel discussion you see this to. Two things and it's like. If you step back it would be like salt. Just connect the two. But why it's not connecting. Is that why I can't just farmers go who would love to who's ready let's say. Because there are farmers the young farmers even here. And I know towards the west. There are people who would love to but there's. I do you don't mind if I go on the challenge one of the challenge that we have that I believe is holding back the work. Is that this movement is a revival. But it's not happening in people's hearts and minds who are and leadership position of many institutions. And so when you want it would like to see that change to take place. And you want to connect the two needs or pair up. Match up. The farmers with the land. There's already a movement in many of the institutions or organizations or other movements. They already have a direction and and. You know that the record. Just like the Protestant movement is has been is that we are not so open to new light. New direction. We start feeling threatened. When the new comes in and so I am soliciting your prayers. Is that. I believe it could be more simpler more quicker. Solutions. If there would be a revival of restoring of the ways places especially of the in the leadership setting where we are. Instead of having spirit of competition between institutions and ministries and so forth where we are realizing yes let's pull together. Let's train. And yes. Let's not look towards the past. Let's more looked towards the future and that let's advance and alive. Let's not keep trying to stay where we are to tradition whatever. But let's be open to the light and so I'm so less of being your prayers because the challenge is huge. OK it looks like we've got a number of people we have a young man here. If it would be thousand that you can consider if it's possible for the speakers. In the class to sales. Make full and out. For most of the classes. I think it would be a good tool for people to take back home. Thank you I prefer that comment. I want to say thanks to are from an egg state of Nebraska and. I've just really loved. What you've prepared here. For us it's just been really food for the soul. And I want to say that you're a little hard on yourselves because for farmers. You've got to understand things happen as a seed. Then the shoot and in a manner a mall Bloom you know and finally the harvest and you're doing great you're just in the right stage and. You're going to see a good harvest. I have a couple suggestions. One is common about jobs and connecting with jobs. Some administers the Mware in the world has has put together a website called ministry job dot com. And it is just this is a job. Connecting site and so to not reconnect really work the wheel. But rather to have one central hub it's a very nice site and you can perhaps make use of that ministry J.-O. dot com. Another thing that I was going to suggest is competency based farmer. So you're saying we need farmers but how do you know those farmers really know what they're doing. And if this O.C. action would make some sort of certification or at least knowledge that this person knows about trees and this person knows about grafting this person knows soil and water and what are the competencies that make a farmer. And so that when you're doing apprenticeship. They're actually aiming at something and you can check off their knowledge base or somehow so that that. If institution in California calls and says Who do you got all. They know that what kind of person they're getting. Would be help and to build those competencies. Portfolio. That would be great. Another thought I had is also the leaders are saying we're not getting the strategic buy in from Conference leaders and things and one of that would be to succeed. The ideas. By maybe paying their way to such a conference is this where they could work or to your farms where you actually. We've been in Turkey. As missionaries and there's a Muslim group there. That has paid for over four thousand U.S. senators and professors. To come to Turkey for two weeks and see their Muslim. Life. And the senators and professors and journalists that they've paid I mean it's been a lot of money. But now they are warm towards Turkish people and it's very strategic work and if we could somehow get the right people. Was so powerful here this Fresno Academy man speak. Will send other academy principal to that academy and let him share his vision. Something on that regard. Thanks so much. I just want to very excellent well thought out comment. Just want to say. You know I personally I was looking at the sheep back there I know quite a bit of the stories behind those institutions and the reasons why they don't have farmers and the reasons why they the ones that do do have farmers. And it does come down to competency. For sure and that definitely needs to be the mainstay of the situation. You know we can't we can't be too hard on these institutions. Because they don't really know how to cast a vision for these farmers. As far as now you're going to do this and this. And so that farmer has to be able to have a vision in and of themselves to cast for that institution. On that on that side of things and the other side of things that kind of have a bad history of incompetence in our farmers and they waste a lot of money. And they start too big and they go. Belly side up and so. Mr Greenfield I think the block training program is one step in that right direction. I don't know if you were you to share on that but a proper time to kind of cast a little vision as far as how you see that happening. I don't know. Up to you. I think. Thank you. Byron for the comments that you. That one's a hard one to nail down because depending on where a person is. You know with their own abilities and so for some people can learn very quickly and some people not so when you have a call so versus a period of time. At the end of that course I'm going to be ready to go and someone not some the more will have to be creative. You know as far as how we how we do that. It seems to me I went through an apprenticeship program in New Zealand as a fit of Turner machinist and. It was a four year eight thousand hour apprenticeship with about a year's equivalent of technical college. And even got after going through that. Four year program at the end of it. You're just starting. You're just a year actually. You learn a lot more once you're you're responsible and have to carry some weight so. As far as equipping people ready to fire. I think farming is more demanding than just about any other profession is so many facets so many things you have to to know and learn and to think that we can train. Competent farmers in a very short period of time is. You know we're setting them up for failure. So. Pray for us that we can really meet the need and in a way that's going to set people up for success and not for failure because we really want to see this work done well so that it will encourage more and more to get on board. I just commented that I was at an institution for three years. And that doesn't qualify me necessarily to speak to it I don't think. My experiences. The institutions. People it's not just institutions people who don't do agriculture. As a profession. Don't. It's very difficult for them to step outside of a nine to five job. Or the thinking of a nine to five that they put in many more hours a nine to five usually anyone in an institution. But it's hard to understand how the function of work happens on a farm because it's outside of how we generally work. And so when you come in as a farmer. It's really difficult to for people to perceive how the functionality of a farm happens. And I think one of the things that is that we have to go back to our model we have a model that's been given to us. And there's two things my wife did the track on on. What was her Chuck's name. Sure education. Whatever it is. And it seems to me that it starts at home. If we don't have children coming up from the home who know how to work it makes it much more difficult to take them into any program. Whether it's at our schools or whether it's a block training program. And really make any headway with them. And so we need to really have true education starting with you guys raising up children that are prepared to go into this kind of work. That's the first step but then in the institutions we have to also follow the model where. If you're a teacher. If you're a principal. If you're a director. If you are a medical director. Part of your hours of work has to incorporate some type of agriculture. It's not an option as far as I understand and it's not that you need to be a market gardener. It means that you have to have some working understanding of the. A B. and C.. Steve Meyer the first time I came to one of these pointed out some to the. Well me because I was sitting in the crowd. It's the ab's. A B. and C.. Not the A.B.C.'s. That means that it's the very beginning portion it's not the whole picture. But if we don't understand the very beginning the rest really doesn't function properly. And so we have to sort of. There's some framework that needs to be put in place to even get to a block training to get to a proper farming model and not that God can intervene on that and he's going to have to because. I don't see very many of those models functioning but. So we have a lot of challenges in this process is and we're trying to work through those and anybody who can support it if you have a farm is been mentioned where you can take in turns. Or you're willing to come and teach at a block training and you do have particular skills. We we need to know who you are one and two. We need help. To organize it if you have managerial skills that we can hand off things to you were looking for that type of thing to correct. Marketing type of things. Yeah and were were really running out of time quickly here and I know there's a number of people that would like to say something. But I hope you've gotten. You've heard that plea for help. You know we need help. Marketing and advertising. We need help organizing conference. We need help. Website development. You know. All of these things. So. Let's hear from you and I know before we end Allan wants to peel for for help with the conference next year but I'd like to hear from a few more of you. To start with this one of the as. Somebody had mentioned before just a pretty she ate. The amount of effort that's gone into this and it's really been perfect timing for us because my family were looking to move out into the country the exterior and to begin this process and we're not experienced farmers or anything. And it really was providential whose were at the General Conference so we came by the booth that. Mr dies in her head and. And we're thinking. We're asking questions that there's an ab in its website for resources for for farmers that is perfect timing for us. We went out there. Took advantage of some of the resources bought some books and then signed up for the conference right away. So it's really been great and then to find out only been here for a company that you guys have really been in existence for two three years trying to put this on is incredible what you've you've accomplished but a couple of thoughts. One is. We've had really good experience. Hosting exchange students and so we you know we're here we're we're talking about Will. We'd like to have Apprentice. Apprentices but. Because it kind of serves. You get the same sort of benefit you have somebody coming in and join your family and. And you create those relationships and we're not going to be anywhere near a position to be able to accept anybody because we're just starting out. But it would really be helpful to have for us some thoughts about the types of experiences that. That you would want an apprentice to have at at a farm. Probably depends on the type of farm that you have of the type of experiences so that as we're setting things up and we're. And we're becoming farmers. We have that in our mind here some things that we need to shoot for. And to think about as we're setting up our operations and documenting in and. You know writing down. Our experiences. That would help us to shoot for. You know at some point the future don't know how you know how far and you know many years down the road that may be but we would know hey I think we're ready. Because we you know we could offer this this this and. And the other thought and I don't really hasn't really been thought through a whole lot they just thought of it. A little bit ago and maybe a scholarship or a subsidy or something as somebody mentioned you know bring an imprint a stand in you know kind of a wash. You know as far as the productivity you get out of them versus the amount of effort and extra time it takes in the mistakes that they make. And so maybe some thoughts about maybe either. Towards the imprint us or to the the family. That is taking them in and enough to be a whole lot but just. Just an idea about some sort of scholarship but that thank you so much for putting in the amount of time that you guys have been in a really great conference. Thank you for those. Sorry. Actually this just started as been alluded to about Bob Jorgensen. And the Empress dot. Is that now that there's information there and it's. Anyhow. Empress the feel good will it you can get there there's a lot of information there. Over the years of Tridge occasion an agriculture that people can get. We've been given to all of books. So instead of putting the burden on the farmers in everything. You've given us some tools and we need to go home and study. So next year. Some of our questions can already be answered we can go forward. Another thing. The little lad that came up here. Sorry I'm getting a more gentle. We can train our children our grandchildren. So throughout the year with the information that we already have been given us to all go back to our homes go back to our churches go back to our communities. Let's get our hands in the soil. We can do that we can raise up a generation. So it's the burden. Not on all of you guys. It's on us to. We need to do our part. We truly need to do our part. Get up off of our tail and get out there. We really knew the time it wasn't. So I will encourage. I grew up on a farm I left the farm I got a college education and. Now I'm tree turning back. And we don't have a huge farm. We have seven thousand acres. I mean seven thousand seven thousand acres square foot garden. We've taken some of that information that we have learned and appreciate it and have put to practice ourselves first. And we've shared it with our church members. We've had some little classes at our church. We've invited the communities. We've had people over to our house. That's what we need to do we need to grow. All of this and we can help and we can do that. So it encourage everybody. What you do you know. Please share it. Don't hide it. Please share it. I appreciate that. And in the reality. And I appreciate the way she said that that. You know if it's up to us to make this happen. It's never going to happen. But if. If you all take the speed. The speed that we have tried to so here with the Lord's strength and take them home and plant them. Wherever you are then it will grow in just is Empress dot info. Our good secretary Daniel of flares at home watching this and sending its information here. Thank you. Good morning. This is their very interesting. Long weekend for me. Because maybe it's similar to how some homeschool parents feel when they're asked what grade is your child him. Because I've been asked. I could even count the times. Are you a former or you a gardener. There is no other option. And I had to create another option my option as. And that's one of the reasons why I'm here I'm neither a farmer nor a gardener. But I want to learn. I'm here to learn. Friend of mine told me about this conference. And so immediately after Sabbath I went and signed up for it. And what I have found in teach enough taught. Grades kindergarten all the way through university level now. And I found that the sooner you reach a child. The more they're going to learn the more they're going to absorb it and the more they're going to hold it. And if we can get the children young. To get interested in gardening to get interested in farming. This is where I believe we need to start. My wife had the opportunity of a couple of years ago to go and work at an outdoor school. And she was she felt what am I going to teach at the South or school and she felt really impressed teach about soil. And so I don't know how many five gallon buckets. That we hauled around in the back of our truck and. Every time we found some different soil. We picked it up. And she went and taught about soil and I know that one of them was we stopped. We saw some idea in a grave at a cemetery and stopped and got some still Hill. From where they dug it out and. That was interesting. And there's what were you do we. You know. But. But if we can reach the children. Even if going even if you had a day or two or three days to go into an outdoor school because I know that almost every elementary school within the ad for the system does an outdoor school for a week. Just take a day or two or three and possibly go into that. Or even at a summer camp on those summers your busiest time that. Has anybody ever thought about having former summer camp. You know you have a winter camp for children. And I thought I was the same thing is an outdoor school. And so if we can just get the children involved and get them interested and. I would be when the first ones to sign up. Because I want to learn. There's so much I want to learn and. And I said I I want to do this and my wife and I are looking to move out. And we want to get away from the city we want to get away from what we're doing right now and get back to true education. I teach you to university my wife teaches at a pub she's a counsellor to public school. And it were one to get away and do the right thing and to be able to go to small school or go to a community or go someplace to do this. Our Adventist children most of them are and. We used to say they're in our schools but they're not anymore they're in public schools. But if we could just find a way to reach them and. I believe there are ways in brainstorming to come up with ideas and working together. Is what we need to do. Thank you very shaky and I'm just going to ask that no more come up we'll try to take those who've come. But we're going to have to wrap this up here. But I we really do appreciate your thoughts and comments. A lot of remember what I was going to say. Just give it all going to get all religions going to comment. When I had the farm out a Black Hills. When I was working out there. One of the things that I would do with the interns when they first showed up. Was. We would take a walk to the farm. And I would show him everything in the farm and I'd talk about everything on the farm. So that they kind of. You know. Knew what the farm was about. And the first thing I would do is we've come back to the. The greenhouse area. And then I would ask them what did you see. They didn't see anything there that they almost never. It was almost invariably they couldn't tell me what we had just done. And I'm not saying that to degrade them. They didn't know what they were seen. They didn't. They were just trying to grab a scope. And it was out of scope. They did couldn't really grasp what I was telling. Because they didn't know. But we don't. We struggle to reason from cause to effect a lot of time and show it through the season but what I would do is I take them out again. And now they knew what I was up to. And so they would pay a lot more attention. And then the next thing I would do is I would do something like I would tell him all the lettuces we grew like fifteen different. Had lettuces. And so I would tell them the names of all the head let us of and then we would go out a few weeks later I said So what was this let us. And no one could you know. But then they would know as up to and so they'd learn the lettuces. And so as we're training our children I would encourage you one of the things we have to do is encourage them to build a reason from college to effect reason things out for themselves. Because a lot of times when people come. And I think I'm speaking to this idea of training up the children. To the gentleman was mentioning. That is a fundamental key in what proper education is they can think for themselves and they don't regurgitate information that helps them to understand that they need to observe. Deserve his or take that observation and to do so quick challenge that I wanted to give as far as getting the word out about what is happening and these principals conference and union. Papers are often looking for articles they may not be crying out loud. But you can write articles and send them and they may be published and that will spread farther. And that's not just. That's not here. That's for us that we can all do that and I appreciated that comp competency based comment from Mr Parks and. I wonder if there may be some of that not all of the picture we have already existing somewhere else that we can. I appreciated that. Now where you point to the resources that are already there. And there may be some of that as far as the education component as well. How many saw the article in the. What's it called the record I think most of our locals are gone now. But you know there was an article in the union record. But it's clear that not everybody reads. Because there are a lot of people here that you know we didn't know about this. Just add in on what you just said about communication. Well first let me just say that I'm my family and I. From The myself to the youngest we've all been blessed. It's been a blessing on many multiple levels and makes you re of Al you ate your whole decision making from from the past in where you're going forward. And so I just want to thank all the presenters all the speakers everyone that has sacrificed their time to put materials and. We really appreciate it and there's many questions I have concerning going the next to the next level. But the one that first strangely enough has been burning all on my heart all week is what we can do to sort of expand our communication reaching out to some of the other ethnic or regional conferences. I grew up in regional conference and. When I look back at what would have been a great help to my personal development. Would have been a program like this is very much needed. In that environment and. In any environment that's the way God created us. So I just wanted to make sure when you guys. Put your thinking caps on and you reevaluate. Which I know you will because I've observed the character and the desire for you guys to spread it to just try to figure out a way that. Even outside the. The realms of website. Article. What can we do to actually physically. Reach out to some of the other groups. To make sure that when we look out among us. We see a rainbow. Of God's people. And it's not anything to discredit any effort on anyone's here it's just sometimes in certain things as a people. When it comes to coming together there's sometimes a challenge and I know that some just figure out what can we do to make sure that all of God's people are here. I appreciate that comment and we are sensitive to those issues and we just need somebody to point us to people because you know it's not that we don't want that. But we need help finding that rainbow. I would just like to say are. I personally said to myself I want to reach out and do that but I do read in Christ object lessons it says you cannot impart what you do not possess. So I would ask that everyone here pray for me to be able to be an example of that so when I communicated I have something to show. I can just give you a word of encouragement on that last night I talked to Lance from Tacoma. And hand reduced me to a few folks down here. And that is definitely something that will be in the works. MAN one quick thing is it just was a logistical issue. But we have a lot of people my my grandparents of course time. You know half of Spanish and so I have a great feeling. I have a cousin that was up here for G.C. I told him about the conference he's from Colombia. He's like. I'll try to get these and translate them down there for people in Colombia the conference. SESSIONS You know either. Over do the voices or whatever. So there's a great need for it and I'll be talking a little bit more but it really comes down to logistics and getting the people that are willing to do whether it's the translation work or whether it is tapping into different groups and stuff like that but we would love to see that happen. And then thank you I wanted to bring out a concept I think me. Help alleviate the issue and the burden concerning our farms. And our institutions that I think. May help for training. Generally like at an institution or to family business or ministry. See essays or sell to the community. There usually is like a nest. Whether it's an institution there's a nest and whether it's a family business there's like a nest and there's people in the nest. Where like John I'm sure you can identify with this you. Your children are trained to know how to run the farm as well as you and. We're seeing this to also at the institutions there are people that are trained. Like there's the main farmer and then there's people that are learning. And that would perhaps give an opportunity for you to go out and train others. And the issue is. I think you want to try and get the work done because there's so much work that needs to be done. So at the same time this could become evangelist sick. Because I myself I am seeing that there are other people that want to raise up industries. And what we need is industry because industry generates income and income can buy his time and situations where we can help. Hire and help other people to get work done. So if a like some of you gentleman would have someone that has training. To a certain degree. Whether it's for harvesting or for packaging or C S A's. Then someone could go out and train someone. And you can hire someone. As long as each industry or far more family is Adventist. Because we don't like. We don't have someone that's not Adventists run our institutions around our farms. Then we could go out and train others. And hire workers. Because we'll have the money to do so for example. I'm an institution in Tennessee and there is a family there and there are. They're raising up a food industry. And with this food industry. We can hire workers. And you know pay them to get this food out. So with this money you can hire people for your farm for example. Like your son makes. John your son makes these tools and you can travel around and that could bring people in or with this food industry I was bringing up. You can hire people to to do other things. And that frees you up. I guess that's a purple. Pencil trying to bring up is that I'm seeing people at the higher levels. Like the president of minds to Sion he wears many hats and travels around because because people at lower levels are able to kind of hold the weight while the person is gone. So as farmers we could train people in like a foreman type environment and then you could go out and train others and someone is back and can't do them saying. So really I think what the issue is you're trying to get the work done when it's busy. You know like for C S A's or packaging we're meeting customers. So there are people that we could train. That will have some knowledge while we at the higher levels are people that do want to train can go out and train others. So I just won the share that very chaste and I will just wrap up the bank town hall part and. But yeah. Well I can tell you on our farm that's what we're trying to do. I'm trying to train. The next generation. How to take over the day to day running of the farm and I'm just kind of I can step back a little bit and help help carry on some of these things. But thank you so much for your comments. I wish we had another hour or two that we keep going with this. We want to keep to the schedule. And I think Alan. You want to speak to your. Sure. So we. The board has reorganized to the in a way so that each of these initiatives is the responsibility or we have a point person that for these initiatives. Mr Greenfield would be the block train program that aspect of it he's still trying to develop that because he just got approved. Not too too long ago but he's going to do an excellent job we feel. As far as the area that I'm over currently is is the conference. And of course that's logistically that's quite broad. But last year we didn't really have a good format we've gotten a lot more organized. This year format not as far as the schedule of the conference but format as far as being able to have have a place where people could write down their names so that we could integrate them. And kind of spread out the wait for the conference and all the logistics and the responsibilities in the work that goes into an event like this. And so what we've done is that we've divided the conference into for logistical areas. One is. Registration logistics. And we're just. This doesn't mean that we're going to choose everyone but we just want to see what people we have to pull from. So I'll just put that out there. But we have registration logistics which would be web registration and on site registration. We have programming logistics which is basically the meetings and stuff that you've been seen up here and now in all the breakout sessions. How that operates the schedule. Contacting speakers and helping with some of the design aspects of the conference. And then the other one would be. P.R. and marketing. Promotional logistics. Basically the people that write the articles to go in the magazines the people that just. Come up with the advertising aspects of things and such like that and then. We have on site logistics which is what my mother's been helping with extensively here and that would be everything from audio verse to making sure the rooms are clean to. You know making sure you order trees for the tree planting there's just a lot of things involved. And so I have a sign up sheet that I'll have at the back of the room after this. If you feel like you have a passion or expertise in any one of these areas. We would love you to put your name your cell phone number or home phone e-mail and then the area of interest where you can feel like you can help out with. And what we're going to do as. As the point person. We're going to be having people that are going. I'm not going to I can't do it all myself so we're going to divide this among four individuals. And then I'll give the sheets to them. And then they'll have a kitty of names to pull from. So that they can be able to take over those separate parts of the conference. That way we can spread the weight out. And no one's overburdened as we move forward with the twenty seven thousand conference. And on and if anyone here is interested in being in tune on a farm somewhere or helping out with the training aspect of it. Would you meet with me after we close now and just I can take your name and contact details and as we continue to develop this program we can keep you informed and try to work together to pull this off because it's going to take all of us. To move ahead with what God has given us to do this work. It's not something that we can accomplish alone we have to do it together and. And we do it together I believe God's really going to believe so please. If you could meet me at the front here we would be able to talk a little. So Darryl Hosford is not here right now he's the one who's running the website. So I'm gonna speak on behalf of our website. If you have a skill. This is something that we really need assistance with. If you know how to manage websites if you know how to Few make them function. We use Word Press. So if you understand Wordpress websites. And you seen our Web site. And you have ideas about that that you don't just want to give us an idea but are willing to assist those in accomplishing. I would love to get some information from you and I can pass that along to Daryl. We have our own ideas about what we were when we would like to see our website. Function like and. So if you have a skill set that could assist as in that we would love some assistance and so if you would meet me in the back as well. We can get your names and get that passed along to the right people and get people connected. Again. Doesn't necessarily mean if I have fifteen people tell me they want to do the same thing. We can only know one person would be the pick so you know I don't want to promise too much but we do. Definitely need some help. And then just closing on the on the. The magazine The Roots magazine. I've had a number of people saying when's the next. Next magazine coming out. A big part of one of Daniel's biggest challenges has been finding content. You know. He's trying to ask us to write articles in reserve saying you know. We just can't do it right now. So if you have a burden for an article and if your writer can use your talents that way. You know just start feeding those to Daniel I know he was trying to set up a an e-mail account Drew. Our Web site and or you can just go on our Web site and send it to info or contact. Advantage or. That would be very helpful. OK Well we're over time we need to wrap it up here. But there are just a few things we want to do and wrapping up. First of all I just we can end this conference without giving some think. And I think the the biggest banks we want to give is to the Seiler family. The whole style or family has been hugely involved in fact I think it would be safe to say that this conference wouldn't be happening without them. And the whole family. Ricky has been the one overseeing all the. The airport runs and doing a lot of behind the scenes work. Vivian has has done a huge job in overseeing all the logistics and in keeping things running smoothly here. Being the liaison with the with the conference center here. Abra he has been in charge of making sure the. The main meetings here running smoothly and Alan was over all the programming so we just want to say a big big thank you to the Seiler family. And there are many other volunteers that have helped to make it possible and I'm afraid if I start naming names will forget. But thank you thank you to all those who helped in so many big and small ways to make it runs smoothly. And the exciting thing. I wanted to say is that the Tylers I think have committed to helping next year. So we're we're excited about that. What will give them a few days before they have to say yes. But. Anyway. We praise God he's the one we really want to saying. For for the way that this conference has gone. And we want to just close here and we're going to do something I don't know how it's going to work because we realize a lot of people have had to leave already. But last year we saw the Lord. Leading on the hearts of a lot of young people. And at the end of the conference we made a call for young people who were feeling God's call to get more involved in agriculture and that doesn't necessarily mean being a farmer. But it's just a call to say if you feel God. Working on your heart to be more involved in agriculture. That you would come forward and we had a big group that came forward last year. And I would just like to ask all those who were here last year at our conference last year that. That answered that call. If you would be willing to come to the front. Right now. Is there any I know there's some that are here. That heard that call on their hearts to become more involved in agriculture. Just come on up to the front. And then what I want to do now is ask if there are others who are here for the first time this year. If you felt God calling on your heart to be more involved in agriculture and if that's between you and the Lord what that means. But if you would come and join these other young people up here. Amen. Praise God. This is our greatest hope for the future of agriculture in Adventism. And we want to have a special prayer for these young people as well as the older ones. You don't have to be young to be feeling God's called agriculture. In fact maybe we should open it up to how many others would like to come. Who really have felt in a new and more powerful way this weekend. God's call the importance of agriculture. Praise God. Just come right up front. Here there's room for more. As I know I said earlier in the we can. God created man to live in the garden. And so the devil is doing all he can to keep man out of the garden. So don't expect that to be easy but God wants to walk with us in the garden. So let's all stand together and let's have a closing prayer. And then we want to sing our theme song. We want to go out with singing. Dear Father in heaven. We just want to praise to and thank you for making the garden. It was your idea in the very beginning. You are the very first gardener. And we just want to thank you for the beauty and the benefit that you have created in just the natural world and system. We pray dear father as we go forward from here. That we have received information that will make that transition easier. More joyful. In the experience more of a reality. Every day of our lives from here on OUT IN NAME we have him in this media was brought to you by audio person. A website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio. And much more. If you would like to know more about the audio version or you would like to listen to more sermon. Please visit. W W W. Audio verse or.


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