This is a simple post to commemorate a huge event, the purchase of Vaughnshire Farms. On this day the Vaughn Family has finally found a place to call home. By God’s grace and His good pleasure we hope to stay here for generations to come.
Ever since Beth and I married, we have searched for a simpler life. We just wanted a little bit of land to raise a family and perhaps a garden… a small place that could serve as the launching pad for the ministry God has called us to. Of course during this time, our understanding of that ministry has been broadened and deepened. In fact you could say it has been expanded to encompass multiple generations. But that is not the only aspect of our life that matured.
As God continued to bless our family with more children, we found that it was pretty much impossible to raise a large family in a Christian environment in the culture we live in. Living in the feedlot housing of most residential neighborhoods, even a nice feedlot neighborhood, still posed more challenges than it provided solutions. It also provided no opportunities for children to mature and grow by contributing to the household. After all there are only so many bags of trash to be taken out each day.
As our understanding of ministry matured and we realized that it was not actually up to us to save every soul in the world, but rather to glorify God with our life, our family, and everything that he gives us, we began to see that moving to a farm was not a means of retreat, but more of a short term cultural succession with a view toward long term dominion.
There is much more to the Christian life than just a prayer of salvation. There is actually a life that needs to be lived out in a biblical fashion. We are to be in the world, not of the world. We are to come out from among the world. We are not to be conformed to the world, but transformed by the renewing of our mind. We are also to take dominion over the Earth and subdue it. We are to make disciples of nations, teaching them to conform to this biblical life. This is what we desire to do as we intentionally move from the city life and prepare our children for their place in the world God placed them in.
This will encompass a huge effort on our part as a family. It will require a different economy than we currently live in both as a family and as a nation. It will be an interesting journey to say the least. But it will be one with one objective in mind. To glorify our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
At any rate, with that as my short apologetic for our purchase of Vaughnshire, I will leave this post with that introduction. We will be continuing to live out these ideas as we actually take possession of the farm and will discuss many opportunities for ministry and our humble attempts to glorify the God who created us.