Volume 13, Number 2, July-August 2009
Thanks to Rick & Karen,
PABC Looking for Young People
Heath & Karen Bednark married and moved to PABC
& Karen test: potato plant was started on the ground and tires and earth were
gradually added. Will the tires be full of potatoes?
room: all items ready to be sold except the computer, which is ready to use
Boxes & packing material ready to ship all the eBay stuff
Port Austin Bible
Looking for Young People, Agricultural Progress
by Norman Scott Edwards
are beginning to recover from the five months I spent in
1) New PABC member Rick Heath and his wife, Karen.
2) Looking for young people to come to PABC,
especially to sell on Ebay—no experience necessary.
3) PABC’s natural agricultural production:
growing, preserving, cooking and eating.
Rick and Karen
Heath moved to PABC just after the Feast last year. Rick has spent years in
various aspects of the construction trade. He is a woodworking expert and very
skilled at getting a lot done at little cost. Rick has been organizing our shop
and the many tools that have been donated by various people. He would like to
at least begin corresponding with any young people who are seriously interested
in learning woodworking and construction skills. (Use contact info at right or
is quite a Bible student. He has attended a variety of home fellowships and
believes that the Eternal caused him to come to PABC so that he could be a
blessing to it, and all of us here agree that
that plan has certainly worked so far.
this year, Rick married Karen Bednark, a Christian woman with no
the grace of God, early this year, Karen was able to leave the nursing home,
where she had lived for the past five years, marry Rick and move to PABC. She
has already been a great help to PABC in cooking, crafts and other areas. She
has run small businesses before and has become very skilled at using the
Internet to locate hard-to-find items and do research in general. One of her
discoveries was a means of growing numerous potatoes from a single plant by
starting a potato plant on the ground and gradually adding tires and earth to
it. The idea is to produce higher yields and easy digging. Rick agreed to try
it out. The plant (see photo, below) has lived all summer, and the tires,
hopefully, will be full of potatoes at year-end.
Karen continues to improve, she hopes to take even more active roles at PABC.
PABC Agriculture Photos
More garden from front:
basil, carrots/beets, corn (in back)
Cabbage row, left, broccoli,
right, light green lettuce in right background
Nice head of broccoli ready to pick
Romaine lettuce growing up
Big groups of cucumber vines
Potatoes & onions don’t show much, but look for the potato crop pictures
garden and flowers
Looking for Young People to Move to PABC
the Feast of Tabernacles, we will be ready for a few young people to
move to PABC to help do eBay and other online selling. We received over $6000
from online sales in 2008 (before the Edwards had to leave for
would provide the young people one to two furnished rooms , with their own
bathroom, and all the healthy food they want to eat. PABC pays for utilities,
including phone and Internet. PABC would also provides essentials like bedding,
towels, soap, toilet paper, and used clothing if needed. PABC does not pay for
anything beyond these basic necessities. We would train the young people to do
online sales, and then expect them to work hard to sell for PABC. We also
expect them to occasionally help in the kitchen or in taking care of facilities
as the need arises, learning a lot of life skills in the process. Young people
could raise some spending money by starting their own online sales accounts.
this time, we do not have the resources to accept young people unless they can
be an overall economic benefit to PABC. (That might change with a few hundred
per month more in regular offerings.) We need young people who are pioneers and
want to help us get started with our goal for a Sabbatarian Christian community
serving our young people.
we have written before: The biggest problem facing Sabbath-keeping young people
is not lack of college or a job, but it is dismissing their biblical teaching.
If our doctrines and practices are worth keeping and worth teaching to others,
then it is worth establishing a place to teach them to our young people, so
they can learn the Bible as they learn job skills, learn life skills, and look
for a spouse.
you are or know of a young person who might be interested in spending 6 months
or so at PABC, please contact Norman Edwards at
email@example.com or call 989-738-7774. We would be glad to provide
Thanks for Things to Sell
appreciate those who have sent things of value to us to use or to sell. We will
continue to accept these offerings, especially as young people come to sell
& Food Storage
of pounds of red and white potatoes!
100 containers of green beans to our freezers
of tomatoes of many types
A refrigerator full of cabbage heads
in stone crock, jar is a weight
chest freezer full, starting a second one
Onions & basil drying via oven pilot light
& basil drying via oven pilot light
PABC’s Natural Agricultural Production
an effort to keep our costs down and our health up, we planted a bigger garden
than normal this year. Most of us at PABC believe that this is more important
than health insurance—which none of us here have. The combination of almost
daily exercise and food without chemicals or genetic modification has proved
beneficial. We must also thank our Father as we had the typical invasion of
potato bugs early this year, which can be devastating, but we prayed for them
to go away and they did!
majority of the food that we eat now comes from our garden. Furthermore, we
have put many hundreds of pounds in the freezer or other storage, so we will
have food through the winter provided we can keep our utility bills paid.
Please enjoy the PABC garden photos that follow. May our Father bless you. &
PABC Food Preparation Photos
PABC kitchen food preparation
PABC kitchen stove, grill,
ovens, serving steam table
PABC dining room (the main
Food that we would rather not eat goes the chickens!
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