Matt30 year old factory worker from Martinsville, Indiana

The Farmhouse is a place of rest, a place where God's peace is tangibly felt in the communion of saints gathered for prayer, fellowship and meals. It is a place where every activity, be it work, play, rest, prayer or discussion, feels blessed and deeply connected to the Source. It is a place where I can separate myself from the secular and religious culture, with all of their inherent temptations and misguided values, and simply be--be with Christ, be with myself, be with others. It is more than my friend's home; it is a place of solitude, of rest, of joy and contentment. And it is the place where Christ is an intimate member of every gathering, large and small, communal and individual.

The church is the church only when it exists for others.  To make a start, it should give away all its property to those in need. . . . The church must share in the secular problems of ordinary human life, not dominating, but helping and serving.  It must tell men of every calling what it means to live in Christ, to exist for others.  In particular, our own church . . . will have to speak of moderation, purity, trust, loyalty, constancy, patience, discipline, humility, contentment, and modesty.                         Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison
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The Farmhouse exists for others.  Those who visit The Farmhouse must be dedicated not just to prayer and study, but to action for others, to pursue what he or she judges better for someone else.  The church must exist, not for itself, but for others, and the Christian likewise must exist for others. 

To exist for others is a commitment that grows out of our prayer and our time spent in God’s Word.  The Farmhouse is located in Orange County, Indiana, one of the most impoverished counties in the state.  Our long term focus is on Christian community development, that is, to meet the daily needs of Orange County poor.  Our goal, best phrased by John Perkins, is to “affirm the dignity of people, motivate them, and help them take responsibility for their own lives.”  This may be accomplished in part through the holistic presentation, not just of the gospel, but social action on behalf of others for food, clothing, housing, and secure jobs and just treatment by employers, and to deal with abuse, reconciliation of diverse groups, and empowerment of the poor—to build the skills necessary to earn and keep a job. 

The Farmhouse is very involved in its community, particularly with an ongoing initiative to develop an integrated community ministry that brings together existing non-profit service agencies and churches to work together to better meet the needs of the families and individuals in Orange County.  The purpose of this initiative is to maximize the  limited resources of these ministries by helping them to pull together toward a common goalthe transformation of our community.

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