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Below is an email from an SDA the owns a resort in western Tennessee. They are now willing to sell parts of their 100 acres to other SDA individuals that are desirous of living in the country. Please let the Lord lead you as to your decision. You may also visit their website at the bottom of their email for pictures and other details.


P.S. If I didn't give it to you before here again is the website you can visit to view a non-SDA family's adventure as they try to move their family out of the city to a home off-the-grid.

Just a note to let you know that In view of the turbulent times we are
living in, my wife Rose and I feel that God has led us to make our 100 acre
Shekinah Lakes property here in Tennessee available to Adventists who desire
to move from the city into the country. In light of current events in the
U.S. and around the world... we have felt to not only open our property up
in this manner in Tennessee but also to begin plans to expand it!

If other Adventists take us up on our offer, we will redo our website to
reflect these changes.

Besides renting out the homes that are on our property we are also going to
open to selling off parts of it (something we have never considered doing
before) to others that understand the times we are living in.

We are envisioning an association of Adventist owners where although an
owner might only own a lot, they will have the use of most of the 100 acres,
including large gardening areas.

Thanks for keeping this in mind in the "coming days" and also for sharing
this with other Adventists who might be interesting in knowing that this
property is available to them.

For those who would like to move here and rent, our rates are very

We have two rental homes available now that rent from $490 a month
(furnished) to $590 a month and one available for $590 a month.

For those who would like to purchase a lot here for later use, we are going
to make them available for $10,000. Although we haven't started selling yet,
if there is a real interest, we plan to soon start making lots available for
sale in the spring.

We believe owning a lot here will fill a need for those Adventist families
who desire to have a place to go to at some point in the future. By buying
the land in advance, perhaps coming and working on it from "time to time" or
having it to come to when they need it, will help them be better prepared
for what lies ahead.

Please keep in mind that when someone owns a lot here, it also gives them
the right to a private garden site (or a big ten acre garden plot that we
could all work together that would produce far more than what we could all

Anyone who owns a lot at Shekinah Lakes can also use the chapel and lake
area as well as other areas of our property. So although it may look a lot
is small, in reality, it is quite big (because of all that comes with it).

We will also are also going to make available for sale (or rent), the
manufactured homes we already have set up here at Shekinah Lakes.

The 12 manufactured homes that are already on the property, we will sell
with the lot they are on (with septic, water, etc,), starting at $29,000 and
going to $59,000. We also have a very nice three level brick home we could
sell here. The home would be great for offices, health center or just
private house.

If necessary, we will consider carrying the financing on the manufactured
housing and lots.

To maintain the integrity for these end times, we plan on making
"association rules" that in the future, no one will be able purchase a lot
or home here unless at least 80% of the homeowners at Shekinah Lakes agree
for that person or family to move on the property. This will we will make
sure that only like-minded Adventist families live in our midst.

My wife Rose is in the states now, however I am on a mission trip to
Nicaragua. I do not plan on being back until the end of March. Rose will be
glad to talk to you at (731) 986-9837 concerning a rental.

If you are interested in purchasing, you need to talk to me. If you will
email me your phone number, I will be glad to call you from Nicaragua. Or
feel free to email me with any questions. I will be glad to answer your
questions by email or phone.

We pray that God will lead you concerning Shekinah Lakes. If you are not
interested, I hope that you will share with other Adventists who may be
interested in moving out in the country.

Because of Christ,

J. David Ford

jdf@shekinah. com

Our website is at:

Discussion Forum

Advantages of the Country 1 Reply

Started by ladyeve. Last reply by DJ Harman May 28, 2011.

Family Outings-make an excursion into the country 2 Replies

Started by ladyeve. Last reply by DJ Harman May 27, 2011.

Nature, God's Physician 1 Reply

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Comment by julie smith on November 3, 2017 at 8:00am

Today November 3, 2017  We are still in Arkansas since 2001. Loving it more each day. So beautiful with so many rivers, lakes, hiking trails, caves to explore and so many places to live in the country. Every day when driving I see the beautiful mountains and hills and am in AWE of our CREATOR. We live 60 miles out of Little Rock. We feel safe for now.  


Then I saw this advertisement this morning on my facebook page and I thought about those who may be looking for a place in these last days. In fact there are alot of places here that make you feel like you are already in EDEN.

Mini Farm, close to Marshall, 5 acres, 3 beds, 1 bath, Ready to Farm
Fox, AR

This MINI-FARM is READY TO FARM NOW! with BARN & FENCED PASTURE! Bright clean 3 BR, 1 BATH BRICK HOME on 5 ACRES, about 6 miles from town! AWESOME VIEWS, both FRONT & BACK PORCH. Has large detached GARAGE/SHOP WITH CONCRETE FLOOR. The FENCED BACKYARD IS QUIET & PRIVATE with the cutest shed ever & a dog pen too! 
Close to the Buffalo National River! This property is listed with Goodman Realty in Marshall, 

This one property that is listed is just one of the many nice country places here in North central Arkansas that is up for sale. 

There are a few SDA churches here and there and are typically small. 

I live in CLINTON ARKANSAS and as an SDA I am open to talk to anyone who wants information.   my e-mail is

Comment by Bless Manalo on June 14, 2017 at 9:31am

Very interested in country living but until now I am jobless. If any of you know any companion/caregiver in New Port RIchey Florida please let me know especially if it's country setting. I am a trustworthy worker, honest and into present truth. Have a blessed day to all. 

Comment by David on June 9, 2017 at 4:32pm

I just saw this amazing video of Mr. Russ Finch in NW Nebraska growing an abundant crop of citrus fruit and other tropicals in his greenhouse, with NO supplemental heat. We will certainly be developing and training others on these types of systems at Mourning Dove Farm.

Comment by Ssally on February 27, 2016 at 11:13am

hi, I am so happy to find this group! I was looking around the web.... about some testimonies of some adventists families who are living in country. I hope to God help me to move my family to the country too. 

Comment by Ching D on May 10, 2015 at 1:33am

 Hello, I am interested in country living.Hope the God of gods help me to find a piece of land to cultivate and practice the life of our heavenly father there completely.My ardent prayer that me and my children is ready to meet Jesuschrist someday.

Comment by Fred on April 20, 2015 at 12:57am

Hi Felicia Astatkie

I thank you for posting this here. Could you tell us if this series is available online or being recorded?



Comment by Tess on April 19, 2015 at 8:56pm

Hi All

Looking for country living housing in Sacramento area?

Comment by KaRan on April 9, 2013 at 9:15am

I am very happy to be here!  I live in the "country" but now all the city folk have moved here and brought to city with them!

I hope to be able to seriously look at some land in the near future.

Thank you all for your postings. It feels so good to know I'm not just thinking like a "prepper" all by myself in the Seventh day Adventist community.

May God ''grab" all of the hearts willing to hear and do His will.

God bless

Comment by julie smith on April 9, 2013 at 6:30am

We, my husband and I were in Austin Texas from 1989-2001. He was a Dell Engineer and I had my own business. Things were lets say worldy really good. June 2001 our vacation cut short by tornado. We decided instead to visit his family in Arkansas. They told us about cost of property they just bought. He said maybe we should look here for retirment property I jokingly said yeah right if you find something we like we could buy it. HERE WE ARE. Many things happened prior to finding the property and to the move here. We know God was leading us out now that we look back on it. He was not adventist but 1 month before 9/11 God grabbed his heart. Since moving here in 2002 so much has been learned and done here. We have and still learn much and one of the things we have learned is it costs money to have a garden, tracktor, buildings, books to learn how to grow organic, and a strong desire to learn plus a strong body.

We now are moving forward with more every day. We are looking for someone with a family who would like to move here to the country, learn and help while getting closer to God each day. We have a small orchard but plan to expand it. If God is leading you to leave the city and you are interested  please e-mail me at .

Comment by Felicia Astatkie on March 28, 2013 at 8:58am
If you are in the Maryland/DC area, please consider attending a country living training seminar series. There is a "spiritual orientation" on April 6th, but it officially begins on April 7th. (Look on Events tab for more info & contact number)

The seminar will include agriculture, food storage, mechanics, and building, among other things. As time will permit, the training will also include some accelerated medical missionary training, like hydrotherapy and first aid.

Country Living "Spiritual Orientation"

Location: Liberty SDA Church, 3301 Milford Mill Rd, Baltimore, MD 21244
Dates: Sabbath, April 6th
Time: 5 - 6:30 PM

Country Living Training

Location: Liberty SDA Church, 3301 Milford Mill Rd Baltimore, MD 21244
Dates: 5 consecutive Sundays, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5
Time: 9 AM - 2 PM (April 7 & 21),1 PM - 5 PM (April 14), 9 AM - 3:30 PM or later, as needed (April 28 & May 5)
Lunch to be served the last two sessions
Cost: Single $120, Families $160 (husband, wife, children), Pairs $200 (see flyer for single session costs)

Tentative Schedule Below:

April 6 (Sabbath) -- Preparation for the Final Crisis
April 7 -- Preparation for the Final Crisis (cont.)
April 14 -- Life Skills: Gardening & Harvesting (garden box, tree planting, canning)
April 21 -- Life Skills: Automotive Mechanics (instruction/demonstration)
April 28 -- Life Skills: Building - Tiny House/Shed & Greenhouse (outside for building)
May 5 -- Life Skills: Building - continued (outside for building)

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