This is a simple post to commemorate a huge event, the purchase of Vaughnshire Farm. On this day, April 5th 2007, the Vaughn Family has found a farm to call home. By God’s grace and His good pleasure we hope to stay here for generations to come.
Every 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 the culture we live in, makes it very difficult to raise a large Christian family. 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 is only so much work they can put their hands to each day in the city.
As our understanding of ministry matured and we realized we are 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. The context, indeed the very foundation for living this life, is within the family structure. 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 and to lay the groundwork for future generations to labor together.
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 and to enjoy Him for ever.