After 4 years working with churches in evangelism in 13 different states, the Lord began to give us a different vision. He showed us clearly that while many were converted in remote parts of the country, they were often then abandoned with no discipleship or follow-up. The new vision was to train teams of young missionaries to support themselves and establish permanent Christian communities in areas with few Christian churches and lacking Bible principles and doctrine, establish cell groups and plant new churches.
This led us to where we are now. The Genesis Project is a training center located within the Baptist Camp near Valencia. The Venezuelan Baptist have given us a 30-year lease for approximately 50 acres of land. For the last 3 years we have been working to develop a modern training facility that focuses on sustainable food production and spiritual development. We have processed about 150 young missionaries thru our 90-day course since May, 2016.
We are developing a farm, much like our grandparents used to operate, but with some new technology. We have goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, cows, ducks and sometimes pigs. These are for food production. We grow tomatoes, squash, beans, corn, several varieties of bell peppers, okra, cilantro, parsley, oregano, green onions, and other types of vegetables and fruit.
During their 90-days with us, the students live with us on a working farm learning how to take care of animals, plant and harvest thru organic gardening and the production of honey thru beekeeping. They learn how to produce natural cheese, butter and yogurt, how to make coconut oil and how to use the fruits and vegetables in the kitchen. We also teach them to drill water wells and purify water. In a country with severe food shortages and contaminated water, this is a tool that allows them to survive and help others.
The principle is found in Genesis 1:11 & 29: “Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good…Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.’”