Christian Homesteaders
New Homesteaders advice...

There are many Christians who live the homestead life. They find homesteading to be compatible with scriptural principles like simplicity, frugality, generosity and simple living.
A dependence upon God and other believers is central to the Christian homesteader's life.

Christian perspectives about homesteading are overshadowed by ideas of earth worshippers, socialists, pantheists, pagans and other New Age thinkers. We believe that the Bible has answers for living and that Christian homesteading offers solutions to a challenge faced by every family in the world: how to cooperate with God as He provides comfortable shelter, good food, clean water and sanitation.

We believe that the Bible has answers for living and that Christian homesteaders should have a place to share ideas and be encouraged by other believers. Jack is available to help you create a more effective homestead, including solar electric.

Here's some great advice from Richard Fahey of the Christian Homesteading Movement:

Concentrate on building. Using hand tools, you should be able to build a 9 x 9 log cabin in one year.

Don't be tempted to put in a big garden. Keep it small and strive for quality. The garden is a stranger. You don't know the soil, animals, pests, etc. Next year replant the successful crops. Plan to live off the grocery stores the first year.

Stay away from animals the first year - except cats, as they eat mice and cost little.

Bees are good the first year. Little care or experience.

Get friendly with the neighbors. Their aid is priceless.

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What is Homesteading?

“Homesteading” brings many things to mind. The Homestead Act provided the original homesteader with 160 acres if he could build a home on the property and inhabit the place for five years. That is how the West was settled. The government isn't giving away any more land. Today's homesteaders pay for their land and share some of the following characteristics:

They usually live in the country, although there are urban homesteaders.

They grow some of their own food.

They are financially responsible, choosing to work their way out of debt.

They homeschool their children.

They embrace new alternative energy technologies like solar and wind power.

• They depend less upon government and more upon themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is “Christian” Homesteading?There are many Christians who live the homestead life. They find homesteading to be compatible with scriptural principles like simplicity, frugality, generosity, and simple living. A dependence upon God and other believers is central to the Christian homesteader's life.

Christian perspectives about homesteading are overshadowed by ideas of earth worshippers, socialists, pantheists, pagans and other New Age thinkers. We believe that the Bible has answers for living and that Christian homesteading offers solutions to a challenge faced by every family in the world: how to cooperate with God as He provides comfortable shelter, good food, clean water and sanitation.

We believe that the Bible has answers for living and that Christian homesteaders should have a place to share ideas and be encouraged by other believers.

Christian Homesteading for Missionaries

This website offers practical ideas for missionaries around the world and for Christian homesteaders in the United States. We provide training and support for both. All of the materials on this site are free and can be copied. We look forward to receiving your comments and questions.

 

Each homesteader has his own financial motivations and circumstances. The Bible provides financial guidelines for the Christian homesteader. Here is a list of biblical financial principles for your consideration.

1. The Christian homesteader pays his bills. He spends less than he makes. Proverbs 3:27 & 28, 15:16, 21:20

2. The Christian homesteader expects and prepares for financial difficulties. Proverbs 6:6-8, 10:5, 12:11, 21:20, 30:24 & 25

3 . The Christian homesteader teaches his children about finances. Proverbs 3:1 & 2, 8:17-21

4 . The Christian homesteader strives to support the church financially. Proverbs 3:9 & 10, 3:27, 11:24 & 25

 

The most prevalent problem that I have seen that undermines the success of the homestead is overspending. Typically, the first-time homesteader tries to do too much with too little capital. He buys more land and build a bigger home than he can afford. A dead giveaway to financial mismanagement is the homesteader with nothing to haul who drives a brand new pick-up truck! The budget is pushed beyond reasonable limits. When something breaks (and something always breaks), the homesteader must go into debt to solve the problem. It doesn't take long to be in real financial trouble. Rather than cut back on expenses and put away money for emergencies, the inexperienced homesteader often chooses to work more hours at a job "in town". Perhaps the wife also leaves to find outside work. All of the reasons for homesteading -- more time with the family, financial independence, a simpler lifestyle, peace of mind -- are overwhelmed by financial pressures. There are few things more demoralizing than uncontrolled debt. Unpaid obligations will damage your Christian witness.

The answer is to start small, keep it simple and always have an emergency fund. You can always add to your homestead as resourses-on-hand allow...no debt-no pressure caused by debt. Undergirding financial success on the homestead is the belief that God knows what you need and provides your needs in a timely way, not always when you want it, but always when He knows it is best.

Children who see parents relying on God for daily needs will learn that God is real in their parents' lives. Your kids learn by watching you handle your expenses. Talk to your children, show them how you are making your decisions based on God's word. Be aware of the limitations of understanding of your younger children. Don't scare them. In a positive way, explain that God is in charge. Then invite your children to watch and see how God will meet your needs.

 

When God provides in special ways, it's time for a family celebration. Giving a tithe or an offering is a great way to honor God and to remind children that He is the Provider of all good things. It's good for all of God's children, even older ones, to celebrate His wonderful gifts! Include the kids in the delivery of your offerings to the church. Even the smallest ones can put an envelope into the plate as it passes by.

When the world looks at the Christian homesteader, you can be sure that it will observe your financial activities. Without saying a word, you can draw people to Christ by following God's design for your money.

Proverbs 10:22 "The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it."

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Financial Success on the homestead

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