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As God’s commandment-keeping people, we must leave the cities. As did Enoch, we must work in the cities but not dwell in them.”
Evangelism, pp. 78, 79. (1899) • Ellen G. White

“If we place ourselves under objectionable influences, can we expect God to work a miracle to undo the results of our wrong course? — No, indeed. Get out of the cities as soon as possible, and purchase a little piece of land, where you can have a garden, where your children can watch the flowers growing, and learn from them lessons of simplicity and purity.”
General Conference Bulletin, March 30, 1903 • Ellen G. White

Out of Los Angeles

cityMy family and I began our journey, from the city to the country, in the “small town” of Los Angeles, California. Our journey happened in several different phases and over quite a few years and really continues to the present time. Here is our story.

My wife was raised a Seventh-day Adventist in Romania and I joined the SDA movement in 1981 while serving in the US Navy. My wife and I were married in 1989 and were living near the Los Angeles area when our daughter was born, in the early 90’s. After her birth, we decided it was a good time to leave the big city, because we had a child to raise “for the Lord” and we knew country living was God’s plan for His people. Our daughter was one month old and the date when we planned to leave the city just happened to be the very day the Rodney King riots broke out in downtown Los Angeles. house burningI was working at the Country Life restaurant in the downtown area of Los Angeles. God really blessed, because I left, on my final day of work, one hour before the trouble began. I heard about the riots on the radio as I was driving home. After the riots broke out, the freeways were gridlocked and there were shootings, fires, beatings, etc… happening all over the area. It was quite the going away party. I’m thankful to God that He planned our escape before the trouble began.

When I arrived home, my wife and I said goodbye to some good friends and we left. Our small Toyota pickup was loaded down with all our stuff along with a small u-haul trailer. The front tires of our Toyota were almost in the air because of the weight of the trailer and our tires were nearly thread bare. We hit the road around midnight, while the riots in L.A. were still in full swing. The riots ended up lasting many days.

When iniquity abounds in a nation, there is always to be heard some voice giving warning and instruction, as the voice of Lot was heard in Sodom. Yet Lot could have preserved his family from many evils, had he not made his home in this wicked, polluted city. All that Lot and his family did in Sodom could have been done by them, even if they had lived in a place some distance away from the city. Enoch walked with God, and yet he did not live in the midst of any city, polluted with every kind of violence and wickedness, as did Lot in Sodom.” — Evangelism, p. 79. (1903)

1992 – Onward to New Mexico

It was a Thursday night (midnight) when we started on our journey towards New Mexico and by friday afternoon we were nearing Gallup in the northwest corner of New Mexico. We were still quite a ways from our final destination (Clovis, NM), so we filled the tank up with gas and agreed that we would stop wherever the gas ran out, since it would be Sabbath and we were not going to be able to buy more gas until after sunset the next day. I was really hoping we would be near a town when the tank went dry, since there are long empty spaces between towns in New Mexico. As we arrived in Santa Rosa, which is 105 miles from Clovis, the gas tank was fully on empty. Amazingly though — the pickup kept going. After much thought, my wife and I decided to trust God with the matter and to continue driving. It was late at night and we really wanted to get to my parents house in Clovis so we didn’t have to stay somewhere else. Long story short … we made it all the way to my parents house and did not run out of gas, even though we were pulling that heavy u-haul trailer. We even made it to church and back the next day and to the gas station on Sunday. Praise the Lord for His goodness! Our goal was to honor Him and He honored us in our time of need.

We arrived at my parents house around 2:30 a.m. early Saturday morning and parked the pickup with the u-haul backed up to the garage door so no one would bother our things. We went inside the house and right to bed. Sabbath morning we were up and ready to go to church even though we had gotten to bed so late. When I went out to put some things in the pickup I saw broken glass on the driveway. After a careful inspection of the vehicle I discovered that someone had shot at our front windshield with a gun and the bullet had hit the hood instead and ricocheted over the vehicle and the house. If the bullet had hit the windshield it would also have gone through the bedroom window where we were sleeping. Also, another bullet had hit our side window, near the driver’s door, and shattered the side window glass. This was the glass I saw in the driveway. No one was hurt and no one heard anything in the night. We figured someone was trying to participate in the Los Angeles riots themselves and because we had California tags we were a target. A semi-truck was also hit that same night and lost a windshield. That truck also had California license plates. There were riots in several cities during that upheaval. Praise God for His protection. This was also a good reminder to us of why we were leaving the city in the first place. We have been warned of just such troubles coming to the cities of this world.

Our first step of the journey was to go from the big city of Los Angeles (1998 estimated population of 3,597,556) to the much smaller city of Clovis, NM (population around 30,000). We spent six years in Clovis. God provided me with a good job and a decent wage for our entire time there. I worked as the manager of Nutri-Mart Health Foods and learned a lot about health and natural remedies. When we first arrived we lived in a small home in Clovis. We planted a garden in the backyard and after 2 years moved to a country location 25 miles out of the city. In our humble country home we had puppies, kittens, ducks, and a lamb as pets. We planted a garden there as well. This was farming and cattle country and the wind never seemed to stop blowing. We would actually have sand dunes in our front yard. We also had to deal with owls, snakes, and cows invading our yard. In the meantime, my dad had found a nice home in Clovis and was renovating it. He asked if we would like to move there and we agreed even though we knew we would miss the peace and quiet of the country. The 25 mile drive one-way to work and back each day was taxing on the system.

Temporary Setback

So we once again found ourselves living in the small city for another 2 years. Our daughter was basically growing up in the health food store, since my wife and I spent a lot of time there working. Once again we felt God’s call to our hearts to “come out,” so in June 1998, after much planning, prayer and diligent effort, we said goodbye to family and friends and headed for the great Northwest. We were in debt, had very little money, and did not know where we would go or work, but we went. We simply trusted God to lead the way and He provided the means for us to go – through the kindness and generosity of relatives and the many garage sales we had in our garage and driveway. We had to lighten the load and get rid of a lot of “stuff” before moving. Praise Him for His goodness!

“Let children no longer be exposed to the temptations of the cities that are ripe for destruction. The Lord has sent us warning and counsel to get out of the cities. Then let us make no more investments in the cities. Fathers and mothers, how do you regard the souls of your children? Are you preparing the members of your families for translation into the heavenly courts? Are you preparing them to become members of the royal family? children of the heavenly King? “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” How will ease, comfort, convenience, compare with the value of the souls of your children?” — Manuscript 76, 1905.

June 1998 – Montana Here We Come   (2 Months)

My wife and our two dogs (Nadia and Gold) went in the 24′ Ryder truck that we rented and my six-year-old daugher and I went in our Honda CRV. I refused to ride with the dogs (my nose is very sensitive) so my wife actually agreed to drive the big truck. Simply amazing that she would even attempt it. She actually made it all the way without an incident.

It took us 3 1/2 days to get to the Columbia Falls, Montana area. We had visited the Northwest two years in a row on vacation, before moving, so we could try and meet some new friends and have some idea of what areas we liked. We visited Washington, Idaho, and Montana. When we arrived we stayed in the mobile home of some friends we had met while visiting the year before, while they went on vacation to visit family. We truly appreciate their kindness and trust in sharing their home with us. It was mid-June when we arrived and it rained for two or three weeks non-stop.

After much searching we were able to rent a small, round house near Bigfork, Montana, which had a total of 550 sq. ft. to it on two levels. Most of our things had to remain in storage since the house was so small. Friends from church helped us move our things. Thank God for church family! One nice benefit that came with this new place was that the house was next to a very lovely lake. We stayed 2 months in this home before discovering a cabin for rent out in the mountains west of Kalispell, Montana. We have many good memories of time spent swimming or boating on the lake. God helped me find some jobs doing electrical work to help sustain us and my wife began teaching piano lessons in the church in Columbia Falls. We also enjoyed getting to know the landlord and her daughter and their many pomeranians. During this time I found a temporary job as an electrican on a Dude Ranch and had to travel 100 miles one-way each day to work. 10 hour days, 4 days per week. It provided the means to pay our rent and survive in the beginning. At that time there was no speed limit in Montana so getting to work was not too bad at 100+ mph each way …. watch out deer! Thankfully God protected me despite my driving habits. I got up each morning at 3:30am, took a shower to wake up, and ate breakfast and then drove to be at work by 6am. I worked all day and then left for home around 5pm . I would arrive home again around 6:30pm in time for supper. It was amazing how God sustained me during those grueling months. 3 days off each week helped me recover for the next 4 days of work.

September 1998 – Mountain Meadow Home   (9 months)

snow covered cabinThe new cabin home was very remote and only a couple of families lived in that particular area. The snow was deep (5′ accumulation) that winter and the cabin was at the end of a long mountain meadow with a small stream flowing through it. It was beautiful there and so peaceful and quiet. No electricity other than a generator and no phone. Water was pumped from a small stream into storage tanks in a small basement area. There was a propane refrigerator and cooking range. We had a wood stove for heat. A neighbor helped plow the road which was somewhat treacherous to drive without studded tires. After a near disaster I quickly found a way to get some new studded tires.

It was the first real snow of the winter and I still had my regular tires on the Honda CRV. I was trying to get home from the Whitefish area and the roads were getting very slippery with the new snow. The snow was coming down so hard and with such large white flakes that I could hardly see. Every hill was a danger zone because my car would just start sliding with very little control. What should have been a 30 minute drive home took me well over two hours. I had to take the back way home which bypassed the steep mountain pass on the main route. Praise God I was able to arrive home safely though my fear level had been elevated somewhat. It continued to snow all that day and by the next day the back-way home was completely snowed in and could no longer be used till the following spring. After slipping all over the road the day before I knew that getting some new studded tires was the top priority or we would be trapped on our side of the mountain with no way to get out safely.

Determined to make it to town before more snow fell … I started out early for town. The main road was plowed and in good condition and the only real worry was the steep descent down from the mountain pass where there was a 90° curve part way down … with the mountain on the right and a cliff on the left. As I crested the pass and began my descent I was careful to go very slow and tap the breaks regularly. After I reached the halfway point I realized that the breaks were no longer helping and the car was picking up speed. The road was solid ice with nothing for my poor tires to grip or hold on to. At this point I began to pray out loud earnestly, “Jesus save me!” “Jesus save me!” The car continued to increase in speed and I prepared to slide off the cliff since there was no where else to go if gravity had its way. As the car began to slide sideways and reached the edge of the cliff (2″ from the dropoff point) at the 90° curve … a miracle happened that amazed me. The car stopped sliding in the direction that gravity was pulling me and suddenly moved uphill, against gravity, across the road and came to a stop by the hillside where it was safe. God is so good. There is surely power in prayer. That day I will never forget. Over the years God has delivered my family and I from many near disasters on the icy roads and I thank Him from the bottom of my heart.

Times were hard, and money & food were often sparce in that first year in Montana, yet God sustained us and encouraged us.

“‘Out of the cities; out of the cities!’–this is the message the Lord has been giving me. The earthquakes will come; the floods will come; and we are not to establish ourselves in the wicked cities, where the enemy is served in every way, and where God is so often forgotten. The Lord desires that we shall have clear spiritual eyesight. We must be quick to discern the peril that would attend the establishment of institutions in these wicked cities. We must make wise plans to warn the cities, and at the same time live where we can shield our children and ourselves from the contaminating and demoralizing influences so prevalent in these places.” — Life Sketches, pp. 409, 410. (1906)

Moving to the country is not an easy task, nevertheless God has promised to bless His people as they follow His revealed will. He will surely allow trials that test your endurance and willingness to follow Him “no matter what” and if faithful you will find the reward to be a solidity of character that nothing can move and a peace in the heart that will sustain and keep you through all the trials and difficulties of this present life. You will have a hope for the life to come that will buoy you up day by day. Be of good courage and walk with God in the beautiful, quiet places, which He has created for you.

We spent nine wonderful months in the cabin on Mountain Meadow Road over the mountain pass which is 15 miles west of Kalispell, Montana. In that quiet retreat we had fun times of sledding together with friends, hiking in the woods, cutting wood, and seeing the wildlife — cougars, grizzly & black bear, elk, moose, birds, and lots of pack rats (eek). Even though we had no phone … we would occasionally hear one ringing in the trees. It was either our imagination or some interesting bird call. My wife planted a nice garden and I was able to dig a hole with steps about 6 feet deep and reach water for watering the garden with a bucket. The peace and quiet and the beauty of the meadow was very healing mentally and physically.

March 1999, I fell ill and was in bed for a month solid. I believe it was due to heavy chemtrail spraying which was a new phenomenum in our area and started sometime in 1998. I was outdoors a lot and was noticing that the planes left trails that did not disapate quickly and would spread out over the sky. I researched what was happening and did not like what I found. I will leave it to you to do your own research and come to your own conclusions. Be sure to watch the DVD documentary What in the world are they spraying!”. After several hot bath treatments and other natural remedies I was finally back on my feet again. Praise the Lord for His goodness. While living in the meadow we had to travel to Kalispell to check our phone messages and email. We had a phone number which went to a message box. No phone at home. I was continuing to do odd jobs whereever I could find them.

May 1999 – Sudden Change of Plans

(10 days to clear out)

After 9 months of being in heaven, living at the end of that beautiful mountain meadow, our peace was suddenly and rudely interrupted. Our only neighbor, who lived 1/2 mile away, informed us that the owner of the property we were living on wanted to use the property as a family vacation home and no longer wanted to have renters. We were told that we had 10 days to move out – with no discussion or options. Needless to say, we were in shock! At this point we had big questions for God … “Why did you bring us here just to cast us out as the garden was starting to take off and produce?” We had put in a lot of hard labor to fix the place up and make it look really nice. We had cut down crooked trees and cleaned up the area. We had put up a small greenhouse, dug the hole for water, and planted the garden. “Why now Lord?”

This experience would later prove to be a real blessing and one more of God’s ways to lead us in safe paths for our good. As always He was preparing us for better things ahead …

The Story Continues … May 1999

(3+ months in a motor home)

We made a deal with the owner of the property that we would move right away if she paid us our last months rent and another months rent back to us to cover our moving expenses and to help find a new place. She agreed and we moved out in one day. Yes, one day. We called all our church friends and they brought horse trailers, pickups, etc and we packed and moved our stuff into storage in one day. God is good.

Some friends said we could stay in their motorhome until we find a new place so we took them up on the offer and spent the next 3 months in small quarters. We did survive …

“Who will be warned? We say again, Out of the cities. Do not consider it a great deprivation, that you must go into the hills and mountains, but seek for that retirement where you can be alone with God, to learn His will and way. I urge our people to make it their lifework to seek for spirituality. Christ is at the door. This is why I say to our people, Do not consider it a privation when you are called to leave the cities and move out into the country places. Here there await rich blessings for those who will grasp them. By beholding the scenes of nature, the works of the Creator, by studying God’s handiwork, imperceptibly you will be changed into the same image.” — Manuscript 85, 1908.

September 1999 – Barn Life

(1.5 years in the barn)

In September we moved into a small apartment in the top of a barn near Fortine, which was north from Kalispell. It was next to the home of some friends and they fixed up the 10′ x 36′ upper loft in their barn into a cute and very cozy apartment. It had a shower and small kitchenette and a small space for sleeping with a bunkbed. For a toilet there was a nice outhouse nearby. During the winter months we used a small bucket for a toilet at night and then dumped it in the outhouse each morning. It was a new experience and an adventure. Three people living in a 360 sq. ft. space is a challenge, yet very possible if your mental attitude is good. By God’s grace we spent almost 2 years in the barn home. It was peaceful, sometimes challenging, and provided beautiful surroundings. In the summer we helped with the large garden on the property and we watched over the property when the owners were gone part of the year planting trees in another state. We survived January 1, 2000 living in the barn and like many others we were prudent and had several buckets of food stored up, just in case. Well, the new year passed with little fanfare, but the food came in handy when work was scarce and it lasted 6 months or more. God is good and prepares us, when we listen to His Holy Spirit, for unforeseen future events.

April 2001 – God Provides Again

(6 months in tent + 2 months with friends)

In early 2001, we decided that we wanted to get some property of our own to live on. We found something near Eureka, MT and we purchased it, as God provided the funds. This would later turn out to be very providential. God is amazing. We found a 7 acre piece of land in a newly developed subdivision and we were the first to move into it. It was 4 miles to town and fairly remote at that time. The price was right and it had a drilled well (no pump installed yet) and phone and electricity on the property. Price $22,500 total cost. We purchased a new tent and promptly set it up in preparation of our moving into it in a few days. Well … a late snow fell over the weekend … and our little tent disappeared into the white stuff. Since we were not living there yet, the snow quickly piled up and crushed the tent and snapped all the poles. Yet another trial … no problem … we just tied the poles together and resetup the tent and shortly thereafter moved in. We had another smaller tent that we used for extra storage and we purchased a kitchen canopy with netting to use as our kitchen area. We placed a small camping table in the kitchen tent and a propane camp stove and we were ready to go. For our bathroom we dug a hole in the ground and squatted for several months. We hauled in water in 1 gallon and 5 gallon jugs. We took showers at friends houses or at the Can-Am Search & Rescue building where I volunteered as a rescue diver and was on the rope team. I participated in several daring rescues, one at the top of a mountain when a woman fell 600′ and broke her neck. She was rescued after many hours and recovered within a year or so. God is amazing.

Some of our relatives encouraged us by helping us get a loan to purchase a new home ($100,000.00 loan which included the home, basement, septic system, well pump, electrical hookup, etc.), with the agreement that we had to make all the payments. It took several months, but we were able to purchase a modular home from Canada and they brought it to our lot and set it up. It took awhile to finish the final touches before we could move in. In the mean time we ran a telephone line 1000′ to our tent and connected our laptop computer to dialup internet and started an online business to help with our income. My wife was also starting to teach piano lessons at our local church in Eureka, MT to further increase our income. I did odd jobs, electrical jobs, and anything I could find to further supplement the much needed income. God provided what we needed when we needed it and often not a day sooner. We lived in the tent until late September 2001 when the weather was just getting too cold and therefore we moved in with friends until our new home was finished in December. We moved in December 5th, 2001. Amazing Grace! Thank you Jesus.

September 11, 2001 – Sad Day for America and the World

I still remember the life changing morning when the phone in our tent woke us up and a friend told us that America was under attack. I quickly got up and ran down our hill to a nearby neighbor’s house to watch the unfolding news on their TV. How sad that men cannot get along and have to hurt one another needlessly. 9-11 was a wakeup call and unfortunately many just went back to sleep and missed the lesson. Google “9-11 conspiracy” to learn the real facts in the matter. Things are rarely what they seem to be on the surface. Our country and the world was lied to and tricked just like the German people were just before World War II. Now our personal freedoms are quickly being taken away by unconstitutional executive orders and laws like the Patriot Act. Be wide awake and pray for our nation. Jesus is coming soon!

“The time has come, when, as God opens the way, families should move out of the cities. The children should be taken into the country. The parents should get as suitable a place as their means will allow. Though the dwelling may be small, yet there should be land in connection with it, that may be cultivated.” –Manuscript 50, 1903. {CL 24.2}

December 2001 – A Brand New House in Montana   (6 years)

Montana House

Montana Home on 7 Acres

December 5th, 2001 we moved into our brand-new home and what a change going from tent life to a real home. God is awesome. He used this home to help us beyond our wildest dreams in the future. We stayed here for 6 wonderful years and then He put it on our hearts to put the home on the altar and list it for sale … just before the housing crash in 2008. But more about that later.

Our years in this home were memorable and at times sad. We had some church trials during our stay here and God used all that to teach us lessons of patient endurance and caused us to study like never before. I served as head-elder of the Eureka church for a short time. For 3 of the 6 years we were here, we had home church and those were some of our best memories. When you do God’s will and stand up for principle the devil gets angry and brings in trials and difficulties. God allows Satan to try us to help develop our faith and trust in Him. We were able to start a Low-power FM Radio Station in Eureka, while we were there, with the help of another family and the local church. It is still broadcasting today. KEUR FM-LP. I had the privilege of serving as the Eureka Adventist Radio Corporation President for a short time also. It is amazing what God will lead you to as you serve Him day by day.

Since my stint in the US Navy, and maybe even before that, I have struggled with CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome) and have been often very tired and exhausted after physical labor. In the passage of time the symptoms worsened even though my vegan diet and healthy lifestyle were keeping me going for the most part. Sometime in early 2008, I was again sick for a month or so and during that period of illness I developed Fibromyalgia symptoms. Unfortunately, I had to apply for Social Security Disability within a few months and was finally accepted after 2 and a half years of battling with the Social Security Administration. Why has God allowed this to happen? … Frankly, I do not know, but it has allowed me to stay home with my family and so there are some blessings even in the midst of my constant fatigue and pain. Thanks to God’s grace, I will have eternity to be well and happy and full of life and energy. For the present I have learned to be thankful for all things and to pace myself carefully. God is so good.

During my time in Montana I began to make websites for small Adventist ministries and others as well and I continue with that ministry to this day. Praise God for opportunities to help others.

Montana is a great place to raise a family and it is beautiful in the Northwest part of the state. Many beautiful lakes and rivers and awesome mountains. Glacier National Park was one of our favorite places to visit and camp. Our daughter was accepted in August 2007 to Fountainview Academy in British Columbia, Canada. She attended the remote, music-oriented school for 4 years and graduated in June 2011. She is now traveling and singing for Evangelistic Meetings and other Christian events. You can visit her website at LauraWilliamsMusic.com.

North of Kettle Falls

“Parents can secure small homes in the country, with land for cultivation, where they can have orchards and where they can raise vegetables and small fruits to take the place of flesh meat, which is so corrupting to the life blood coursing through the veins. On such places the children will not be surrounded with the corrupting influences of city life. God will help His people to find such homes outside the cities.” –Medical Ministry, p. 310. (1902) {CL 24.3}

October 2007 – “FOR SALE”
From Montana to Washington State

Just before the housing crash in 2008 God impressed us to put our Montana home up for-sale. We listed the home in October 2007 for $299,000.00 (prices in Montana rose greatly since our move to this home) and it sold within 3 months for $269,000.00 and we moved out at the end of January 2008 on the coldest day of the year. After realtor fees and paying off what we owed on the home, we had $160,000.00 in our hands to work with. Who could have imagined that God would work in such a wonderful way! We had to put chains on the U-Haul truck to get it up and down the hill. Winter or no winter we were moving. What an adventure that was …. Nevertheless God protected us and all went well. Praise Him always, in all circumstances … even when you don’t understand what He is doing.

Kettle Falls Home

Kettle Falls Home on 20 Acres

From the sale of our home in Montana we were able to pay off in full the $92,000.00 remaining on our home loan and move to Washington State and pay cash for a 1428 sq. ft. manufactured home on 20 acres near Kettle Falls, WA. The home was not as nice as the one in Montana, but it was on 20 acres and it was paid for in full. It had awesome views of the Kettle Falls area and the snow-capped mountains in the distance. The soil here was wonderful and we had a really nice garden with lots of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and many different vegetables. My wife was able to build up her piano lessons in a short time and doubled her students from what she had in Montana. We became members of the Kettle Falls SDA Church which was nearby and we really enjoyed our nearly 4 years in this home, on this beautiful property. God brought us here to be nearer to our daughter while she attended school in Canada. He also has plans for our future.

Our view from the front yard.

View of Kettle Falls and Surrounding Area from the Front Yard

Once again, God put it in our hearts to put our home up for sale, in May 2010, and we could not imagine what for since we were in the middle of the housing crash and the economy was still very poor. Could we make a profit? Where would we go? At first we tried selling it FSBO ourselves, but nothing happened so we later listed it with a realtor. We spent months looking at properties and spent lots of outdoor time walking and climbing across many acres from one end of the county to the other. We looked online at properties in Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, and even Australia. This time it took over a year for the home to sell, but it finally did. We were desperate to find a new home that would be as good or better than the one we were leaving. Lord HELP! Where do we go?

Out of the blue (after much prayer and agonizing) and at the last minute, God once again amazed us. He led us to a property that originally had been priced at around $250,000.00 or more, but was now down to $159,900.00. We called the realtor to go see it and knew right away when we saw it that this was the one for us. God is simply amazing. He always comes through, even though He may choose to test your stamina and will in doing things His way and in His time. He sees what we can’t and He knows how to lead us if we will be patient and listen carefully to His voice and follow His providential leading. We have been careful to follow His counsel in Country Living and other books and to keep the Scriptures in our hearts. When we keep God’s commandments and the faith of Jesus, He is able to guide us in safe paths.

“The cities are to be worked from outposts. Said the messenger of God, ‘Shall not the cities be warned? Yes; not by God’s people living in them, but by their visiting them, to warn them of what is coming upon the earth.'” –Letter 182, 1902. {CL 30.2}

October 2011 – An Amazing Home

After nearly four years we sold our home in Kettle Falls for a small profit (when the economy was still bad) and were able to purchase a new 3914 sq. ft. home on 20 acres near Northport for less that what we paid for the Kettle Falls home. It has 2 attached garages, covered decks – front and back and off from the upper bedroom, and many other amenities to boot. Thank you God for your blessings. Expect great things from God and be patient as He works out your destiny in Christ. It has been an amazing chain of events, brought about by God’s providential working, that has brought us to where we are today. Whether we go home to heaven soon or remain in the world a little longer matters not … what matters is that we are ready day by day to walk with our God and to do His bidding. You can’t go wrong with our loving Creator by your side. Even so, come Lord Jesus.

The adventure continues …

Our Current Home

Our New Home on 20 Acres near Northport, WA

In October 2011, at the time we were in transition to our new home, my father, who lived in New Mexico, passed away suddenly at the age of 72. He received a flu shot and within 6 days his lungs filled with fluid and he died. The doctors said it was a rare form of pneumonia. I was able to talk with him on the phone even though he could not talk back to me due to the tubes in his mouth. I told him I loved him and that Jesus is waiting to forgive and cleanse him from sin. All he needs to do is ask Jesus and surrender his heart. My hope is that he did give his heart to his Creator and that I will be able to see him again in the earth made new. I am thankful for the years I had a father. Please pray for my mother who misses him greatly. They were married for 53 years. To God be the glory.

Currently we are developing a garden according to the Back to Eden Film method. We plan to log our land to let more light in from the east side of the property. It takes the sun awhile to top the trees in the morning and we want to speed that process up some. The house needs some finishing touches and we will work on that over time. Is this the end of our story? Not at all. This is only the beginning of a new adventure with God and we wait expectantly for His next surprise. At each home we occupy till Jesus comes and we are busy serving Him any way we can. Sharing books with others, getting to know the neighbors, study, prayer, and enjoying the abundant life in Christ.

November 2013 – New Discoveries, Looking Ahead and Dreaming

We have discovered the real need to avoid GMO foods completely and to eat mostly raw organic foods. If you use WiFi, a cell phone or cordless phone at home or in your office, you should be aware that the EMF radiation from these devices can have very harmful effects on your body. Headaches, dizziness, irritability, etc. Google “wifi dangers” and learn more for yourselves. We hardwired our internet and phones and turned off the wireless output and our headaches, which we had for many years, suddenly went away. Just wanted to share that important info. We also have discovered the need for earthing or grounding on a regular basis. Being in touch with the earth helps us in many ways and gives us a deeper, more restful sleep. Grounding helps protect you from EMF radiation and free radical damage.

We are always looking for ways to improve our lives and the lives of others. We spent a lot of time looking at a 280 acre mountainside property with and old orchard, which had awesome views, located northeast of Northport, Washington, but God had other plans for us. Unfortunately, this beautiful country property was infested with ticks and every time we visited it we were covered with tiny ticks. That was a clear sign to us that God wanted us to look elsewhere.

June 2019 – Our New Homestead Surrounded by Beautiful Farmland
(new update • 2024-01-22)

After looking at, and trying to purchase, two other country properties, both of which other buyers outbid us for, we finally found our new Eden Outpost home. Near the end of May 2019, we signed papers for our beautiful 20 acre property, which is located 11 miles west of Addy, Washington. We sold our previous home for $299,000 and purchased our new property for $150,000. This new property had a 36’x36′ detached pole barn garage, an artesian well with an electric well pump, a small stream, 20 acres of land that is ½ meadow and ½ woods, a 2/10ths mile gravel driveway, an approved septic system, and as a bonus, it is located in the middle of beautiful surrounding farmland. The drive to the property is beautiful and relaxing. The nearest town and post office is 11 miles away. Here we built our own new home ourselves with the help of some wonderful friends. It took us 2 years to complete everything and we also built an apartment for our daughter and her husband in the detached garage. We have 3 families living on the property and God has truly blessed our efforts here at Eden Outpost. Below are some pictures of our homestead and garden.

January 2024 – Progress at Our Eden Outpost Homestead
(new update • 2024-01-22)

It has been 4 ½ years now since we moved to our Eden Outpost Homestead and Garden west of Addy, Washington. We have been blessed by hard work, four beautiful seasons each year, friendly neighbors, a great garden, and a new kitten, which we found in our wood pile just as the temps were getting near freezing in October 2023. We named our kitten Misty and she is full of energy and happy to have a warm, cozy home. We are looking forward to gardening this coming spring and making more improvements to the property and garden. Jesus is coming back soon and we need to be ready for what is coming upon this world.

Trust God our Father fully and keep His holy, just and good commandments, and trust fully in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and His perfect righteousness and your life will be a true adventure that will lead you and your family to the eternal realms, to the new earth and New Jerusalem, the eternal city of peace. 

Who knows what is next in our ongoing adventure with God … only time will tell. Till then, God’s blessings to you and your family as you step out, in full faith in God, on your own country living adventure. Become a wilderness family, by God’s grace. Blessings to all.

     “In our day the Lord desires that His people shall be dispersed throughout the earth. They are not to colonize. Jesus said, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.’ Mark 16:15. When the disciples followed their inclination to remain in large numbers in Jerusalem, persecution was permitted to come upon them, and they were scattered to all parts of the inhabited world.
    For years messages of warning and entreaty have been coming to our people, urging them to go forth into the Master’s great harvest-field, and labor unselfishly for souls.”

Testimonies, vol. 8, p. 215. (1904) {CL 21.3} • Ellen G. White

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