It started with a vision…
The Story of
Dirt ‘N’ Nails Farms
Monte Pescador was on his second year volunteering with a community garden and wondered where the families who had been there the previous year had gone. They needed food. That is why they volunteered. So where were they? And did they know enough to grow their own food in that little apartment as he had years ago?
“It hit me like a lightning bolt, an image so clear. I was looking down from inside of a greenhouse where people were loading a truck up with seedlings and seeds, soil and pots, piles of instructions, all headed for food banks to teach people to grow some of their food indoors. Outside the greenhouse, acres of food was being tended to. For some reason I realized they were the parents of homeless families, there to get away from the world for a moment, to heal, to live there on the farm, and that was not the only farm. Out in the distance I could see a Denver and the mountains beyond. We were not that far away, yet I could hear the whisper of all God had in mind, to reach the hungry and the lost. It is still clear in my head and my heart today. This is still the mission. It has to be.”
Following the vision, Monte was “gently persuaded” through “coincidental events” to go to Colorado Christian University for a counseling degree, interning at Harvest Farm, an addictions recovery program run by Denver Rescue Mission in Wellington, Colorado. There, he got a first hand look at the kind of work the vision was inspiring him to do.
It would not be the only thing.
Since then, he has become convinced that the vision was also metaphorical. That drew him back to the book of Acts and the Epistles, that fellowship was key to recovering those who were physically, mentally, and spiritually lost and hungry.
“Counseling classes teach us to be detached. Seminary and the Bible teach us we must be attached. This vision may have been a warning of what is happening now in 2022, communities tearing themselves apart and fellowships breaking under the weight of the world. This is the healing that is desperately needed in the world.”
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