Farm Progress

Higher Ground: When God calls, be open to all of his plan, not just what you think he intends.

May 8, 2017

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When God calls us to do something, his intention may be different than what we expect. My wife and I spent nearly seven years in western Romania, building and beginning the operation of a modern dairy farm for a Christian orphanage. While it was frustrating at times, it was one of our most rewarding experiences.

We came home in 2004. Fast-forward to 2016.

Last spring, the orphanage farm asked for help in repairing several tractors. I contacted Roy Upson, a central New York “specialist” in older Deere tractors, and he said, “Let’s go.” In June, Roy, his wife, Kathy, and I headed to Romania to restore their aging tractor fleet — most of which we had shipped from home.

While Roy made much progress in tractor repair, I was able to make several suggestions to help the farm workforce and cows to be more productive. That wasn’t my intention. I had gone primarily to be a guide and companion for the Uptons.

This much I know
I’m a slow learner. But when God calls, it’s best if we respond. As Isaiah 55:8 says, “His ways are higher than our ways.” He may have an entirely different purpose than what we had thought. But go! You may — and probably will — be surprised that the rewards are “out of this world” and often are a lot more fun.

Clark Phillips,
North Collins, N.Y.

Phillips is a member of the Mohawk Valley Chapter of Fellowship of Christian Farmers International. For more about FCFI, visit

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