Are You Preparing To Feed Others?

11 11 2008

This week’s Question of the Week is:

Are you preparing to feed others?

Some time ago I read George Grant’s book called Bringing In The Sheaves: Replacing Government Welfare with Biblical Charity. It contains a number of helpful ideas. He pointed out that, to our shame, some non-Christian groups like the Mormons have a much more comprehensive plan for feeding their own than we do. Mormon families are taught to store food, and so if they should happen to lose their job they often still have enough food for a year and don’t need to go begging. Most Christians, however, live paycheck to paycheck and so when a small church has one or more members that lose their job it becomes a major issue right away.

While not wanting to get carried away or losing focus, I’ve been wondering about whether the diaconal ministry should include teaching and challenging families to recover the lost arts of food storage. To many moderns the very idea sounds a bit crazy and reactionary, but to past generations it was just common sense and the way you made it through winters and lean years. If all the members of the church were in the habit of storing food, then even if everyone in the church lost their job, they could still feed their own families, as well as their elders, their widows, and their orphans. And thinking outwardly, it seems like if the members of our churches each had a one-year supply of basic food items (as well as the know-how to produce food, another lost art), then it would be in a great position as far as being able to help those in need that came along.

It seems like extra cash is often hard to come by for many people. But – if we had plenty of food in our pantries, we could at least very easily offer food to those in need (in exchange for work). I know some people may already do this, but in the churches I’ve been a part of this has never been identified as something that would be good for everybody to do as a covenantal strategy for feeding the poor.

What do you think? Are you (or perhaps your church) involved in anything like this?




9 responses

11 11 2008

Good question.

I’ve been working on storing up some extra food in the basement, but I’m honestly at a loss to properly build such a pantry…(and at a loss to how to plant a proper garden, but that is a somewhat different subject)

At ‘stage 1’ of my pantry planning, I’d be interested in the ‘list’ the Mormons use…at least to look at as a guideline to start with, even if it means store bought food.

At ‘stage 2’ of my pantry, I was hoping to get more into drying, canning, etc.

11 11 2008

Several years ago, financial consultant Howard Ruff (a Mormon) wrote a book called, “How to Prepare for the Coming Bad Years”. It contains a comprehensive plan for food storage. He’s the only one I’ve ever read who advocates storing vitamin supplements to cope with the stress & the inevitable nutritional deficiencies associated with food shortages.

Also, beans are relatively cheap, and if you also get a sprouter, you can have fresh & highly nutritious vegetables to supplement your diet. You can sprout just about any grain, including wheat to enhance its nutritional value.

11 11 2008

I just checked, and the book title is “How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years.” Sorry. I suffer the rather poor memory that seems to plague us as we age.

11 11 2008

With regard to Christian duty and the ‘taking care of the poor’, we live in a fairly apathetic age. Christians no longer take an active role in feeding the poor it would seem. They just simply throw money at their ministers thinking it’s their job to handle it. Unfortunately, the Churches role in social regimens have been beaten down my the ‘Faith in Confession’ movement to the degree that greed has actually permeated these mega-churches and the parishioners are content with mediocre regimens. Now this is at large.

On a specific level, I am finding that even amongst what I call the ‘fringe Christians’ many are un-willing to accept ideas regarding our Nations longevity. The point being that with or without a recession the demographic winter is eventually going to over-take the entire globe, but it will be what I call a slow-burn, and ‘slow-burn’ doesn’t make news or ruffle any feathers. It’s like if scientists told you in 100 years a meteor will wipe-out the entire western hemisphere. Not a person would raise an eyebrow until the 99th year.

This is sad, as it looks like we are getting ready to embark on one of the most amazingly facist regimes in our history, eclipsing even Roosevelts ‘New Deal’ and his ‘hording laws’. Even fringe Christians won’t raise any eyebrows until they will once again enter an age of persecution, in which it will be too late to move.

We as a family are looking for greener pastures even now, and we are seriously saving our cash, just in case we need to make a pilgrimage. I think we are progressing past the ‘self-sufficiency’ stage and entering something altogether foreign to our understanding.

much too long of a comment and I apologize, but I am examining some things right now that has me seriously concerned.

11 11 2008

Kind of the same topic….

Last year an acquaintance , that had moved away to suck on the mammon economy and get rich, said that if the economy ever collapsed they would move back to our little town. The reason was they wanted to live close to me because ” Scotts the only person we know that can survive, he knows how to grow food and he has guns”. That got me to wondering how many other people have me for the “back-up plan”. I’m working my tail off to feed my own family and can barely do that. What if 3 families show up and need help. I sure hope they are willing to learn how to work. I also hope they show up before planting time and not at harvest time.

12 11 2008
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12 11 2008
Dr. Paleo Ph.D.


Finally, someone else says it too! The Mormons put us to shame on much of the charity virtues.

OTOH, this blog is sure to become one of my favorites!


13 11 2008

Mormons are CHRISTIAN!
They have good resources for provident living and food storage on their website

16 11 2008

Just before Y2K, we started out with “Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook” by James Talmage Stevens…. When Y2K didn’t happen, we benefitted from our stock of food (especially grains) and other things and we got in the habit of ordering them annually. We spent seven years in MN taking care of my f-i-l and m-i-l and got into a more ‘winter preparation’ pattern…that served us very well when my husband was laid off from his job and our house didn’t sell for two years.

Once the Lord finally allowed our house to sell, we returned to GA and after a year are developing new ‘pantry’/larder list…it is always changing and is based as much on ‘what we eat’ as it is on “what we can get for a good price”. I would encourage you to start with what you know you will eat that is easy (relatively) to prepare. Have a ‘campfire’ once a week as a family and cook over it. Make a list of what you eat this month…make adjustments for warmer months…and multiply by twelve for a good goal… We still fill in from the store with some things we either don’t grow yet or don’t grow well yet (our soil needs serious improvement!).

If you can, get some heritage type chickens or turkeys–they will procreate some…and will scavenge to (feed them kitchen scraps if you can’t afford feed.

My children have been researching online and finding lots of interesting tidbits of info…like how much salt a family of 8 needs for a year…

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