Searching for and ministering to young families who are interested in Substitute Family Care, or already have a child in SFC.
Ministering by help of "walking together," i.e. listening to them, looking for solutions of their problems, managing to get professional help (Firm Hold Therapy, Family System Therapy, pastoral care, finding resources from various funds like Reason and Emotion, FOD, Human in Need etc.)
Next it would be the ministry by relaxing stay on a farm where the people could draw from the contact with nature and animals.
For those interested in SFC there would be room for answering questions, melting down the fears, passing on the experiences, the opportunity to meet fostering parents and the children from orphanages already growing up in foster care.
Agro-tourism focused on Christians who, thanks to their "domestication in affluence," got far from fulfilling the will of Christ. It would offer the benefits of physical work and work with animals.
Organizing conferences and seminars focusing on the topics like: family, raising children, philosophy, faith, etc.
All levels above have something in common: Our desire to help the awakening the church by a sort of return to the roots. To the Biblical concept of the family and values generally. Since our society became deaf to spoken word and blind to the violence perpetrated on the weakest ones, we wish to lit this awakening via natural and at the same time therapeutic methods like physical work -- eating bread in the sweat of one's face -- and the work with animals on the basis of natural communication, not by the means of coercion. Based on the principles of the NHS they could learn to work with the horses which in turn would provide feedback and self-reflection for them.
Operating of the whole project would be covered from agro-tourism.
The most ideal would be such place that already has a restaurant running, if possible even with accommodation facilities. We hope it might be possible to draw from the EU funds because our country is repeatedly being rebuked by EU for lax attitude in the matter of the number of the children in the orphanages, and even the minister Nečas is working on what could be done to increase the number of foster families.
What do we need then??
First of all, more such enthusiasts like us. It is too big a bite for one family only. We do have some experiences in SFC, with pastoral care, theology, organizing conferences, breeding animals, and NHS. We keep in touch with experts in all these areas. However, we know nothing about running a restaurant, accommodation, let alone writing the grant applications.
Probably it will be necessary to found a non-profit organization which by its statute would guarantee use of the money in the purposeful way. We are not much experienced in that either.
We need many people to pray for this vision in order that we know whether it is truly
the will of God (or our suicide) and which direction to take.
We pray to God that the people who would like to take part in this vision would be called by God Himself and sanctified for this kind of ministry because it will demand lot of self-denying and spiritual maturity.
Next little thing is the very place where it should be done, the best option including a restaurant, accommodation, and grounds. It will be also necessary to have room for the helpers, and our family, too. It is pretty much possible that something like a community may come to being. Some log cabins for accommodation of the visitors should not be a big problem to build, as well as boxes for animals, haylofts, circular pens, paddocks, etc. It is understood that additional work and (re)constructions will take place.
The preliminary image is then some older farm which would undergo some changes and, later on, as the time and money allows, continue expanding and being reconstructed.
The grounds should suffice from about a hectare or two. Best around five but that would be a luxury.
It would be perfect to have a tractor.
Well, this all would require more money than we have at our disposal, so LET'S PRAY.
See also Theological Base for our vision, if you happen to be interested in it.
The Commented Bible in Czech project