Deep Calls to Deep

Deep calls to Deep. Some folks may recognize this phrase. To others, it might be a new one. Regardless, when you pause for a minute and ponder the meaning, you can get a sense of something profound. The depth of the oceans can only be matched by the depth (or in this case, height) of the atmosphere. The roaring of the winds in a tempest at sea can only be met by the shear magnitude of the waves tossed about on the surface of the waters. The roar of thunder is always preceded, and met by, the blinding brilliance of a bolt of lightning. Deep calls to deep.

The same can be said about humanity and our relationship to our creator, to God. The depth of His love for us is matched by the depth of His mercy. The depth of His mercy can be fathomed in the context of our need for His mercy. The depth of His love compared to the depth of our need to be redeemed.

This quote, Deep calls to Deep, comes from Psalms 42. Psalm 42 is a powerful Psalm. It shows us the loving kindness of the Lord in relation to the trials and tragedies that befall us. Any one that has walked this earth for any measure of time knows that hardships to come. This Psalm reminds us that, in the midst of the most harrowing trial, the depth of God always answers.

The theme for the 2021 Farm Season is “Deep calls to Deep”. Many lives in our community, and in our own families, have been radically altered recently. This season is an invitation to let the depth of God’s love for us answer the very circumstances that have haunted us and challenged us. SCORE!

So, check out our numerous bible studies, come to our Campfire Church Service or our monthly Concert of Praise, and check out for yourself the goodness of God and His Son, Jesus Christ.


  • Community Bible Study meets the 1st and 3rd Monday, at 7PM, of Each month.
  • Men’s Bible Study meets weekly on Thursdays at 9AM.
  • Concert of Praise occurs monthly, from 11AM-2PM, on the 2nd Saturday of each month
  • Campfire Church Service meets on the 4th Saturday of each month at 7PM.

We hope to see you on the Farm! SCORE!

A note from Scottie Gentry and Merrywhether Farm

Greetings from the Farm! We pray that all is well with you and your dear ones.  It is incredible that this year is already coming to a close.  As we wrap up the year, we want to share a little bit of the Farm with you in our annual newsletter.  I pray that you enjoy reading about the happenings here on the Farm and are blessed through your encounter with Christ on, and through, the Farm.

Merry Christmas!

An Update from the Farm

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the changing leaves, the sweet smells of autumn, and the bustle of last-minute activities to get the farm ready for the coming winter months.  Fall is both a time for activity and a time to contemplate the past Farm Ministry season.  As we wind down the season, I am amazed at the volume of food we have sent out to feed the hungry and hurting and number of times that we spiritually been able to sow into someone’s life.  Year to date, we’ve distributed nearly 80,000 lbs. of canned goods, over 2,000 lbs. of vegetables from our garden (a garden which had almost no rain), well over 1,000 lbs. of meat (mostly from the Farm), and countless other food stuffs.  What’s even more awesome than the amount of food we have sent out is that we’ve had almost 2,600 instances of being able to sow Jesus Christ into someone’s life.  SCORE!  While the Covid pandemic, and my health, have meant a vastly different type of season for us, the ministry hasn’t slowed down.  Double SCORE!  We are doing more, feeding more people, and telling more folks about Jesus than we’ve ever done here on the Farm.  Thank you to everyone for sowing into this work here in Ida MI. 

Praise and Worship Concert on the Farm

“…yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”
                                                                                        ~Habakkuk 3:18

There is something powerful about lifting our voices, in praise, to the Lord during hardship and uncertain times.  It’s as if, when we choose to worship God instead of focus on all that is wrong, we join with our faith in a tangible physical expression of our trust in the Lord.  It is in these moments, that we find that God moves in both ordinary, and extraordinary ways.  One only has to look at Acts 16:25-26 to see a real example.  Paul and Silas where in prison, mistreated, beaten, and had every opportunity to sulk and chew on the injustice done to them.  Instead, with their hands and feet shackled, they lifted their voices to the Lord and praised Him.  With a mighty movement, Paul and Silas were set free and their jailer became a believer in Jesus.  There is something that happens in us, and around us, when we let our hearts praise the Lord and not our circumstances.

Today, we have a similar choice.  Covid-19 is running rampant in our society.  You only have to turn on the news to see that riots abound, discord and injustice is running wild in our community, and malcontent lurks under the surface of our society.  We can choose to stay locked in our homes and chew on our circumstances, or we can come together and lift our praise to the Lord of Heaven, to Jesus Christ and cry out to God in worship.  Here on the Farm, we are choosing to lift our praise and worship the Lord.  You’re invited too.

August 15th, from 3 PM-7 PM, we are hosting a praise and worship event.  We will be practicing social distancing, masks and hand sanitizer will be available, and we will rock the Farm for the glory of heaven.

Plus, I’ll feed everyone that shows up.  It’s the Merrywhether Farm way.  SCORE!

This is a free event but tickets are required.  Please click the link below to go to Eventbrite and reserve your space now.  Space is limited.


Let’s be in agreement and join our voices to Habakkuk and “…yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.”

Praise and Worship Concert

An oak always begins with an acorn

There is a mighty oak in the back of my property. It stands alone in my hay field. The oak is a solitary, lone watcher of the world/ A quick search online, and some hasty math, reveals that the oak in my hay field has likely been in place since before the Civil War. Since that time, as the world battled wars innumerable, several pandemics, social unrest, and the industrial revolution, it has silently stood. It has endured epic snow storms, hurricane force winds, blistering heat, and droughts aplenty all of which have brought down lesser trees. Yet in all of this, this beautiful oak was not always an oak tree. At some point in the distant past, it began as an acorn. It is a reminder that great things do not begin great. They begin as small, insignificant things. Yet, within them, is the potential, the promise, to be a mighty oak.

The Oak in the Hay Field

This past week, Nicki Gorny and Jeremy Wadsworth from the Toledo Blade joined us on the Farm. Jeremy joined us for Church on the Farm and Nicki stopped by to say hello and to learn about what we do on the Farm. Between Church on the Farm (and the subsequent discussion of Ezra), and my conversation with Nicki, I was reminded that, just as with the Oak, God begins His work in our lives as an acorn.

King David, a man after God’s heart, began as a shepherd. His entrance into King Sauls royal court, while epic ( I dare you to call his encounter with Goliath anything but epic) still began humbly with David being but a servant. It would be 20 hard years before he ascends to the throne but God showed himself faithful and what He began as an acorn in David became an oak of righteousness. Abraham, as a wanderer in a foreign land was a seed of righteousness, he was an acorn to the promise of Israel, the line oof King David, and the coming of Jesus. What began as a small thing became a nation that led to Jesus, the hope of the world. Jesus, is our mighty oak of righteousness. When Ezra wrote of the foundations of the rebuilt temple being laid, there were those that wept at the small beginning (they wept for other reasons too, such as remorse and repentance for the sin that brought them to that point). Yet, we read that the rebuilt temple would be 60 times bigger than Solomon’s temple. As small beginning becomes a massive temple to the Lord. Our lives are no different than that of the patriarchs. God begins with small things and, through His might and holiness, and providence, makes them grow and become mighty oaks.

I said that our lives are no different. For those that have walked this earth for a while, take a moment and look at where you were and compare to today. For Victoria and I, what started as a lark to move to Michigan, became our passion and purpose. What began with inviting people over for a farm visit and sharing the Farm and it’s bounty became a ministry; to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. Through every step and twist and turn, God has shown himself faithful and what He began here in Ida Michigan is becoming an oak. We are not there yet, but we are seeing the shadows of what is to come. In Jeremiah, the Lord tells us that what He is doing is even now springing forth and that He has plans for us, you and me. Therefore, do not eschew your beginnings, or where you are now. For God has plans. I encourage you, open your eyes, take a look, and see where God is. If you’re having trouble seeing, reach out to us, I would love to help you see how your acorn is going to become a mighty oak of righteousness because God has a plan for you.

“…They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor” ~Isaiah 61:3

Nicki and Jeremy, at the Toledo Blade, wrote an amazing article with fantastic pictures. You can check out the article here. Also, the picture below, was taken by Jeremy Wadsworth at the Toledo Blade.

Photo of Church on the Farm, courtesy of Jeremy Wadsworth at the Toledo Blade.

For such a time as this…

One of the things I love about serving the Lord, is that He often gives me the opportunity to see that He always shows Himself faithful. In the good times and the bad, He is Lord. In the midst of the pandemic, when people could have hid themselves away, I watched as His faithful followers stood up and said to the Lord, “send me”. Over the past 2 months, collectively, we received and distributed 3 trucks loaded with food totaling over 75,000 lbs. of food.  We received and distributed countless amounts of canned goods and food donations through our partners at Proclaim FM. Through community partnerships, we distributed over 602 gallons of milk and hundreds of pounds of meat. I have watched as pastors from different churches stood shoulder to shoulder and said fear will not have a hold on this city as they joined us in this work in prayer and support. I was humbled as godly men and women stood in the gap to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. Thank you to all of you for serving in this time, for supporting us as we strove for the kingdom of Jesus Christ. To quote Mordecai in the book of Esther…“For such a time as this were you born…”

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