Farmer Jacob

12 Oct

So for the last 3 or 4 weeks, Jacob has been going out to the farm with Andre and Manuel.  He has been going with them to help them harvest whatever is ready to be harvested.  It has offered him the opportunity to spend time with the guys in their environment and they have not only become better friends, but Jacob says that they love to discuss spiritual matters while they work.  It has been a time that all 3 seem to really enjoy and look forward to each week.  Apparently, Andre and Manuel are the only people around that grow bokchoy.  They have a big market for it in San Jose with some oriental restaurants.  They gifted us some a couple of weeks ago and instructed me on how to prepare it.  And I absolutely love it!!  It is so yummy!!  Well, at some point Jacob told Andre how much I loved it, so he has made sure that he sends some with Jacob each time they see each other!!  I am not complaining!!  I absolutely love it!!  Another benefit is that Jacob comes home each time with a small portion of what they have reaped…. bokchoy, carrots, radishes, cilantro, etc….

Here is a photo of this week’s portion….

Jacob's portion

We have found that we have so much that some has started to go bad before we can use it.  So another ministry has developed.  We have started to look in the fridge each week to determine what we cannot eat or use and Jacob takes it with him as he goes and visits people.  They seem to really appreciate it.  We have found a way to not only clean out our fridge, but also to help those who have less.  Win – win situation 🙂  I would encourage you to consider how much food you throw away each week and even if it is a small amount, is there someone that you could give it too that could be blessed by your sharing?  You too could keep a clean, organized refrigerator and also be blessing another family with your extras before they go bad.

Not only are Andre and Manuel benefiting spiritually by Jacob coming with them each week to help harvest their vegetables, but it is an extra worker basically on their farm.  Jacob is making their job easier by assisting them in their harvest.  It reminds me of Matthew 9:37-38 “Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the Harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.'”  We firmly believe that each Christian is called to spread the gospel where the Lord has placed them.  He is harvesting all over the world.  Are you one of His workers?  Are you helping in The Harvest?  Would you ask the Lord of the Harvest to send you to where He needs a worker or workers?  Just some questions to ponder.

 Lizzie helping wash the veg!

Lizzie helping cut the veg!

Some of the washed and ready to steam veg!


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10 responses to “Farmer Jacob

  1. Chris Meaders

    October 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Please tell Andre hello for me. Tell him our group is praying for him and we hope he is doing well.

    • courtenayfolk

      October 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm

      We sure will tell him for you!! He has been sober now for 1 month and 1 week! He had a set back a while ago, but he had enough wits about him to have a friend bring him to our house. He has not had a drop since!! Praise the Lord! Please keep that as a constant prayer for him. 🙂

  2. Momma

    October 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    It looks like CSA at Stono Market on Johns Island! Babs and Pete would be proud.

    • courtenayfolk

      October 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm

      I tried to tell you all that you would love all of the veg!! 🙂

  3. Chuck Clark

    October 14, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I read the blog and I see the pictures and this may sound funny but I get kind of homesick…You know what I mean?
    Love y’all and can’t wait to get back to CR.

    • courtenayfolk

      October 14, 2010 at 12:05 pm

      I know exactly what you mean!! And it does not sound funny at all!! You and your family and church are precious and we look forward to seeing you again!! Start planning that trip!!! Get on it!! 🙂 Hahaha!

  4. Mark Grumbles

    October 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Is that fresh arugula I spy on the plate in the third picture? Sure looks like it. I only know one guy that sells it at the Zapote farmer’s market. I’ll ask his name next Sunday – maybe he is one of your friends.

    • courtenayfolk

      October 15, 2010 at 8:20 pm

      It sure is!! 🙂 Let us know!!

  5. Mark Grumbles

    October 15, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I just saw the article on Meet Andre – he is not the guy I see in Zapote, but I’ll ask anyway. I’m always hesitant to pay ¢250 for a small bunch of arugula! Am I cheap or what? I do have a few stalks growing in the backyard but mine is tougher. Thanks for sharing with us today – it was a blessing to get to know you better. The last time we met was when you sold stuff at the ILE student sale!
    Blessings to the family.

    • courtenayfolk

      October 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm

      It was our pleasure to have you all!! Thanks for thinking of us and allowing us to share!! Anything we can ever do to serve you guys, please let us know!! 🙂


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