Tatiana—21 year old student from Minsk, Belarus

To me, the Farmhouse is like the end of the world from a children’s book, a place I would write about if I were Bradbury, a place that I long for when I need rest and peace. There is a whole lot of Nostalgia involved in what the Farmhouse is to me. It reminds me of home, and the days that have passed. I grew up close to nature, and then when I came to the States I lost the connection, it seems. Here life became a race. I definitely don’t catch myself anymore sitting on the porch socializing and watching the time go by. I think, the Farmhouse is the only place where I can afford such luxury and actually have someone to sit on the porch with. At the Farmhouse I remember that seasons have smells and colors. I can listen to the nature, stick my hands into the ground and feel the bond. I feel like here in America we fell out of the world into the man-made world. We can go years without touching the nature. Seasons pass without our comprehension of the change. We’ve become too comfortable living in boxes, too absorbed by our worries, and it could rain and snow and shine and flood outside and we’d never even know. That is why I love the Farmhouse – there I can reunite. Not in a way you go to a park or a road trip (which I love also) but in a way that I see how it is possible to live like that – a little slower pace, more appreciative and grateful for simple things.

From the back door

I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, in paths they do not know I will guide them.  I will make darkness into light before them and rugged places into plains.  These are the things I will do, and I will not leave them undone.  Isaiah 42:1

The Farmhouse Mission is many things to many people.  It is a place of rest for the weary.  It is a place of comfort for the hurting.  It is a place of help for the helpless.  Above all, it is a place for those who are seeking God in prayer, in quiet, and in community.    

This is the reason why we do not feel complete ease in our hearts and souls: we look here for satisfaction in things which are so trivial, where there is no rest to be found, and do not know our God who is almighty, all wise, all good; he is rest itself.
Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love

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