From the time we rolled into town our schedule has been a non stop whirlwind of activity. We had a new aquaponics system that was in desperate need of our attention, a weeklong One Spark trade show to prepare for, an upcoming Tour De Farm event and a 5 day aquaponics training curriculum we had to write for our very first class……and all this in the month of April alone!!
They say activity breeds activity and God has surely blessed us beyond measure in this area. While we didn’t win the big prize at the One Spark event, God brought us over one hundred contacts that He intended for us to meet, all with a strong interest in the work God is doing through Glodev. Even the Tour De Farm event immediately following One Spark brought us several more contacts that could possibly turn into more students for our next class.
We are excited to see how God shapes the months ahead. With every passing day our greenhouse looks better and better and we already have our first three missionaries coming out for aquaponics training in May. We are so thankful for everyone that continues to believe in what God is doing through us. As we continue to follow God’s call it is becoming more and more important that you all continue to offer up your prayers and financial support. God is surely working and we would love for you to be a part of it.
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Last week Lindsey and I packed up the family and made another trip to the Conner Farm in Jacksonville to make repairs to the aquaponics system we built with Glodev.org several months ago. Before we left Lindsey and I spent our quiet time praying to God to reveal to us his plan. We felt the Lord moving and felt him preparing to make a big change in our lives but we weren’t quite sure what. We had already been invited to move out there and be facility managers for this system and it seemed that Jacksonville was on the horizon, but we wanted to make sure that these steps were God’s steps and not our own or anyone else’s. We asked God that if this was His will to share with us a little glimpse of his plan. And God came through in a big way!
Our own previous efforts to find a place close to the farm, within our budget and in an area that would allow for a farmer lifestyle had proved to be difficult and didn’t turn up any real prospects. But God had a place prepared for us and during this trip He showed it to us.
A close friend of the Conner’s had built several homes in the area to sell, but due to the slow economy he was unable to find buyers and decided to rent instead. We made an appointment with him to see one of his homes and immediately saw just how perfect it was! In fact this place was almost identical to the place we have been living in for the past two years! The only difference is that this place is BRAND SPANKIN NEW with a dishwasher and an enclosed laundry room! No more standing out in the rain to do our laundry! God was revealing his next steps for us right before our very eyes!!
So, on March 1st we will be moving to Jacksonville to start a whole new chapter in this adventure that God started with us over two years ago. We will have the opportunity to learn new farming techniques and will be adding to our tool box some very important skills that will prove to be useful as this journey continues. We will be able to bring to fruition some of the sustainable ideas that God has been showing us thus far. But more importantly we will see God take us through new levels of growth as He builds in us a character that is honoring and glorifying to Him!
Until next time, stay faithful!
As you all know, Don and I moved to Florida to learn aquaponics. And a year and a half later we can say that we can successfully grow food and raise fish (plus more). But the “learning journey" does not stop there! For me, I have learned more about myself and the God we serve then I ever thought imaginable. I have learned that a mission field does not have to be in a foreign country that we are stepping onto a mission field every time we walk out our front door. I have learned that my marriage can survive anything this world throws at us. I have learned what it means to sacrificially love my family and others. I have learned to be content with where the Lord has me. I have learned (and this has probably been the hardest) what it means to wait on the Lord, that everything is done in his PERFECT timing and not ours. I have learned that my Jesus loves my family so much that he never lets us go without the things that we need, that he is the ultimate provider. I have learned that my husband ROCKS and that I should thank God for him each and every day. I have learned that I don’t have to perfect (bc I never will be) to be used for His Glory! The list could go on and on, but I want to add in one more lesson learned to the list before this post gets too long. At the beginning of 2013 I set a goal for myself. I wanted to understand what love really is, what it feels like and most importantly what my God thinks about love. And OH WOW has it been a journey. I know it seems simple, that love is something we shouldn't have to strive to do, but for me I had to learn. It is something I knew in my mind but getting my heart to agree with my head was the hard part and it all started with learning about God’s love for me. I was thirsty for the kind of love God offers and didn't know it until I started exploring the meaning of love. I know now that I am his favorite, his beloved (thank you John the Baptist) that he will love me through all my junk and stinkin thinkin, that his love is unfailing and most importantly that his love can fill you and leave you with a love worth giving if you will let it.
So even though we have not been the best at communicating all the ups and downs of this last year and a half I hope you do know that none of your prayers, support and finances have not been in vain. We have learned so much more than we expected when we started this venture and the adventure is just beginning! So my hope is that you continue to follow us and support us as we move forward with anything and everything the Lord has in store for the Luttrell's.
Love to all and thank you again for your support!
Before Lindsey and I moved the family to Florida our small group from church wanted to make our last bible study together “Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby. We got a lot of good biblical understanding from this study but one thing really stood out to us the most and has since served us well...join Him where He is already at work.
Not all mission work takes place overseas. In fact we all step into the mission field every time we walk out our front door. If you look around you can find plenty of opportunities to serve and help those in need outside of your church building.
Here are a few programs that Lindsey and I have become involved with and helped launch over the last few months…
As we continue to follow God’s steps and involve ourselves in the community, we see many more opportunities coming up to serve and teach others to be sustainable right here in our own backyard.
Mission for the Multitudes is a Christ centered mission that works in the areas of sustainable agriculture, evangelism, children’s ministry, and community development. Our mission is to help children of all ages break free from the chains of spiritual and physical poverty and help them realize their true identity in Christ.