11 October 2006

gOiNg tO tHe LaNd ...


tomorrow I will be moving definitely to the land in the country side of Portugal...
so I'll not post so often again :-/ ... sorry, but I'm not an "every day" blogger...
I already shared about it in my blog but let me give you the background of it all coz you’ll realize how God is in all this from the beginning☺ ...well, it's more how God got us all involved in this :-) ...
Yves and Regina are a couple from Belgium who came to Portugal for few times visiting her brother who married with a Portuguese woman. Yves always thought he could never live in Portugal. But one day they went to visit her sister in law’s family in the country side and they saw this piece of land to sell… While there, Yves heard from God he was going to buy the land…
And so he did, totally out of obedience… Of course they got excited about it and started already to dream of what God might wanted to do in that land… They went back to Belgium, sold they business (a good business of fried chips) and went to Portugal with all their luggage to buy the land…
Wow, how about that as a background story !!!
Yves and Regina were city people, they knew nothing about working in the land, but they were willing to learn and they started to clean the land that was abandoned for years… Yves knows about horses coz his father does that in Belgium, so he also wanted to focus on that (they started with one, now there are 4 already☺)…They also picked up the olives (main product of the land) and got some nice olive oil ☺

This was last summer (2005), and as they moved they were looking for some Christians who were more into an organic and simple way of being church… so somehow they found my blog and got in touch with me☺. We set up a meeting at my house in Lisbon and I really liked them and the whole story and vision of the land…
Yves and Regina started to share about the land so they could have people coming over to join and help, and also to have some donations coming in coz they had no longer their business to support themselves and the land… They rented a house in the nearby village (the land has no house to live in yet) and had an upper flat for guests and volunteers to come…
Around 6 months later they were starting to feel discouraged coz there was no one coming to help and no finances coming in as well… they even started to doubt if it was God’s idea at all… But deep inside they knew God still had a plan for that land…


I went there in May and we dedicated the land to God with Olive oil and wine… something they were already feeling to do since they got it… At the same time I was also in a turning point in my life… I was feeling my time to live in Lisbon was over and I was considering the idea of moving into the land… I always had this dream, to live in a community in the country side and grow together in faith with other believers…an open place where others could come in and also find the Love of God… but I never thought it could be that early and I thought God wanted me in the city for longer time…
I shared with them about my dream and also about other “Jesus Freaks” I met on my trip last year who would also love to live in community like that… On that time Yves said “well, it seams that you guys have vision but don’t have land, and we have the land but somehow we feel without vision now”…
we were starting to put 1 + 1 ☺… And I believe they didn’t loose the vision, they were just discouraged at that time with all the struggles and doubts…

In June I went there again with Juran (Jesus Freaks Austria) who is in Portugal already since last January, and we were already excited with what God might want to do in this land… I also took all my things from Lisbon and I was definitely moving in…
Both Yves and Regina’s parents were in the land as well and got so excited that they want to buy another land themselves as they will retire in a couple of years…
This one has a house, a toilet :-), electricity, water in pipes, a stable for the horses and grass for them to eat…

So it didn’t need much to get people excited about coming… The “Mobile Freak Church”, a group of German “Jesus Freaks” who decided to live in buses and be literally a church On The Way, were looking for a warmer place to spend the winter…Dominique,Frauke, Monika and Timy, 2 couples, and 3 singles, Simone, Julian and Peter, are coming in mid October… Dominique and Frauke, are going to have a baby around November ☺, so, one more member to join the Family ☺
There are also 3 carpenters coming, Jo, Edi and Miri (not sure yet) who will come to help with the constructions we’ll need ☺ … There are few others who might come later but is not sure yet …
To start we are already 14…we’ll have 4 buses and a caravan which will be helpful in the beginning as we don’t have any house yet… We might work in both lands at the same time… Dominike and Frauke need a more cozy place to stay with the baby, so they might stay in the second land where the house with electricity is…it’s close by the other too, so we’ll not be apart ☺

THE VISION

First of all, TO BE A FAMILY, like the early followers of Jesus were, having all things in common, learning with each other, supporting each other, praying and be available for God to use us in the community around us…

We want to seek God first and listen about His vision… Maybe we’ll not have a clear vision from the beginning, and maybe we’ll never have a clear vision, but we want to be praying, listening and obeying step by step…

I Personally feel that is going to be a RESTING PLACE for many who will come in and out… a Home for the nomadic church to come back and forth and be refreshed and restored… A place of Love and Grace for people to come as they are and feel accepted… A place where “iron sharpens iron”, where we will all grow to be more like Christ…
Well, I’m speaking a lot about a “place” but it’s actually all about PEOPLE ☺…

As for the Land, we want to practice PERMACULTURE organic farming, which is about people helping the land and the land helping people☺… it’s about planting many diverse cultures in a way that it doesn’t take much effort to take care of them…
We might learn a lot from that on how to be an Organic Community of people as well ☺, playing our own roles, exercising our personal gifts and let God work the best out of us ☺

NEEDS:

• PRAYER will always be welcomed… Above all we want to be a spiritual community...
• We’ll need some FINANCES to start, for construction materials, pipes for water, food for all, communication expenses and transportation (I have no idea about numbers)… We need to pray about ways to make some money to support the community, maybe a small business in the town nearby… I was thinking about a café place where we could also build relationships with the youth there… or maybe making some kind of occasional parties in the land… but these are just ideas we need to pray about and speak together…We’d need some money to start that as well… As I said, we want to have all things in common, so we’ll have a communal account if you’d like to contribute and invest in this community…and don’t think what you have is little☺... get in touch if you want to send any donation !!!
• VOLUNTEERS will be always welcome… anyone who have skills in construction or farming are needed
• We’ll also be glad with all sorts of MATERIAL DONATIONS, like wood, water pipes, blankets, carpets, kitchen stuff, tents (tipis or other kinds) and whatever you think it could be useful and practical to send to us…

BE IN TOUCH IF YOU WANT TO SUPPORT US… SHARE WITH OTHERS !!!
BE BLESSED…


3 comments:

jesse said...

baba,
can i come visit you this summer there?
not sure when or exactly how, but i am very detirmined to get to PT this summer and so i will have to stop by and see you all!
blessings on you all as you start this new adventure. may God really teach you how to funtion and live as his family (though i think you know that pretty well)
love you!

Baba said...

of course you can Jesse... do you think you need invitation?!!! Silly guy !!! You are part of the family already :-)
I'll love to see you here :-)

Much Love to you...
I don't have net yet, so I'm not e.mailing or posting...But we'll have net in the land we're staying for the winter :-) Much rain recently :-)

heather said...

Wow....... I know these pictures can't do the justice, but man...God really brought you to your next home, and He painted it beautifully!

God's totally hearing you and you guys will have everything you need. Fly free butterfly