Survival Team: Community

Deuteronomy 28:1 “If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. {2} All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God: {3} You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. {4} The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock–the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.”

Okay so lets assume you have your team assembled. What are your first steps for preparing. 7599_10204714991291752_4374803367691461105_nYou need to get together and access your skills and resources. What can everyone bring to the table?

Lets start with food. Does anyone like to garden. This is a big one that everyone should pitch in with so all the work and responsibility doesn’t fall on one person. It can lead to hurt feelings and resentment. Never good for a team. However, someone might have the land for it where others do not. So decide where to grow it. This is good if you are working from a church community. You can use the land around your church and it can be a meeting place where everyone can gather and work on it. Even drop in late or very early and it wont bother anyone who may not be out of bed yet.

This is also where someone’s canning skill will come in handy. Choose who has the best skills and kitchen for the process. THey can be brought the food and can preserve it and pass it out to everyone in the group for their pantry. (not just for surviving a disaster here also just for life. Growing your own food and saving money. economic collapse can happen too)

What about chickens. Know anybody who does? Raise chickens, get eggs, meat if you know a butcher or someone who will clean them for you. Also a hunter. Anyone who likes to hunt and clean game. Bonus if they have a smoker or dehydration for jerky. Everyone in your group would be wise to invest in a deep freeze. Store your meats. Frozen eggs are still good and can be used once thawed. (FYI)

Consider bee keeping. It takes a little start up and a little maintenance, but it could be worth it. Honey last forever and is a great source of energy and has some great uses for survival. You can store, sell it or hand it out. Who doesn’t like honey.

Other animals you could consider raising, goats (they eat about anything and keep the grass down) Provide milk. Dairy cows are a better source if anyone in your group happens to be in the business. Pigs are a good source of meat and can eat your table scraps.

So you got your meats, your veggies, your eggs, and any other farm fresh produce. Also if you are a church community, this could be a good evangelical practice. Handing out some of your extra canned veggies or whatever and telling others about the church, Jesus, and whatnot. Just think about the possibilities. You might even get some useful new members.

Okay this next one is aimed at women, but my brother kind of does this too, Coupons!! There are quite a few coupon clubs out there where women trade and collect coupons to get great deals. You can get a lot of stuff for very little. You’re not just thinking of yourself here. You will want to get members from each family unit to get together and go through their collection of coupons and decide what they all want and who will get what. Stock up share on supplies and fill each other’s cabinets and pantries. You might also want to get teams together to go to bulk stores.

God promises to supply our needs and to bless the work of our hands. If we rely on him and not on our own store houses and thank him daily for his grace we can be sure that our crops will grow bountiful and our pantries will be well stocked.

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