Here at Merrywhether Farm, we recognize the authority and kingship of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We acknowledge that we are all of us sinners and neither deserve God’s mercy nor grace. However, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us so that we might live in Him. As it says in Romans 10: 9-10,13 (NIV), 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved…13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
As followers of Christ, we are called to feed the poor, show compassion and mercy, and to make disciples for Him. We exist, first because He has called us to do so, and second, to serve His purpose in our lives…to feed those with need and to make disciples for Him.
Everything on the farm is an opportunity to experience God’s grace or His provision. Whether its honey from the apiary, fruit from the orchard, food from the garden, warm socks from the wool, or a pony ride, everything is a chance to glorify God and to teach others about Him.
Our farm is comprised of roughly 15 acres in SE Michigan and houses a couple of horses, a pony, chickens, sheep, and bees. While the horses and pony are for pleasure and to engage visitors and volunteers, the remainder of the animals serve to feed God’s children. We have a small garden space and orchard with plans to expand each.
We have capacity at the farm to house more than we have today. As God provides, we are positioned to raise hogs, broiler chickens, turkeys, layers, and have an expanded orchard and garden.
John 21:15-19 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Reinstates Peter
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. 18 Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!