February was a slow and “blah” month for getting anything done on the farm. The month started with rain. The rain was much needed and it was of the kind that allows the soil to get saturated. It was light rain over several days, not the kind that washes soil away. This area is currently at 61% of its annual water need. More rain is expected this second week of March.
So while it was raining and cold, it was also a “blah” month. And as we were calculating our solar system purchase, we saw the reality of the few days of no sunshine and the effect that will have on us if we are totally dependent on an off-grid solar system.
The most expensive electrical usage comes from winter heating and summer cooling. Our summers are not so hot that fans cannot keep us comfortable. Having spent last July, August and September, the hottest months here in Karak, we know fans are enough to keep us cool. This leaves winter heating from November through March or April. Preparing for 3 days of no sunshine, which is what happened in February, caused us to make a different plan for winter heating – combustibles.
The combustibles available here in Jordan are wood, jift (dried olive pits pressed together), pellets and charcoal burning in wood stove. The use of combustibles cut our solar use almost in half which greatly reduced the cost of purchasing and installing the system. Praise the Father for this little bit of experience and insight!
As we move forward building the farm infrastructure, we will build a wood shed for the wood we buy and store jift, pellets and charcoal also.
A small and crumbling cinder bock building was dismantled to make room for the caravans which we hope will start coming before Passover. We plan to be in Jerusalem for Passover which means construction will stop until we return.
We traveled to the caravan construction company to view the progress of the build and to deliver the wood stoves we purchased so they can install them. They had begun to build it “the Jordanian” way instead of by Kimberly’s detailed blueprint. I am glad we got to see the caravan in the early stages. The bathroom door was changed and narrowed so that our washer and dryer would not go through. That has been changed back to my original plan, or so I hope.
Upcoming in the next few weeks before Passover is the excavation of the land where the 8 caravans will sit. It needs to be graded, rolled, the back and gray water plumbing needs to be buried.
Here is the Google Earth view of the farm. All the little dots are olive trees.
Here is a view of the back of the farm where all the buildings will go.
The solar panels will be installed near the first cistern seen on the right. The largest building in this view is planned to be the central kitchen and meeting area.
The olive trees are shown here in their current medium size. The canopy will get much larger as they grow. Our next step to accomplish before Passover is to fertilize and lay the mulch in the circular trenches around the trees.
I was studying Isaiah 24 – 27 on Shabbat when I came across this scripture:
Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. -KJV
Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter into your rooms, and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourself for a little moment, until the indignation is past. -WEB
I have read this many times in the past, speculating on what does “your chambers” or “your rooms” mean. Reading it this time, I saw that in some small way, our little caravans are fulfilling the obvious need for “chambers” or “rooms” for people to live in while YHVH’s indignation passes over the earth leaving this area unscathed. Just thought I would share that.
Bibles. We need Bibles, paper Bibles, so that the refugees fleeing from the US and other nations will have Bibles when they get here. Rick has been trying to find a way to get free Bibles sent to Jordan and is finding the path blocked. If you know of any organizations that ship free Bibles internationally, please let us know. One more thing, we prefer King James Bibles as we find them to be the most accurate translation from the Hebrew and Greek.
We are planning to store bedding and clothing. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please let me know. We can accept boxes of bedding and clothing. Please contact me at the email address below for more details. We don’t know right now the bed sizes. I will update this information as we get the farm built and up and running.
I won’t post a farm update again until after we return from Jerusalem. Please pray for our farm and the other farms in this network which has grown from 3 farms to 4 now. May YHVH’s will be done in all that we do.
We appreciate your financial support, too, as we prepare for Yeshua’s Bride to arrive!
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