Simplicity

All the believers continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another. They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed.”

Acts 2:44-45

Central to the Pillar of Simple Living:

• We strive to learn to be grateful for all things, especially all material comforts, personal liberties, and other privileges given to us

• We look to decrease our dependence on material goods in order to live in greater solidarity with the poor and marginalized, as well as to awaken ourselves to the truth of our fundamental dependency and fulfillment in God

• We consider how we are complicit in the injustice of our social and political structures, including our biases as persons coming from environments of greater wealth, education, and privilege

• We accompany with open minds and humble hearts our Honduran brothers and sisters in their search for dignity, stability, and change

Those who come to work at the Farm of the Child have the common interests of living in Christian community and sharing their lives and the Gospel with the poor and the marginalized. We hope that these personal commitments will contribute to the transformation of the social structures that perpetuate the cycle of poverty. The act of simplifying one’s lifestyle contributes, in a very important manner, toward the goal of fighting poverty and injustice.

Since most missionaries come from backgrounds of higher education, which create many opportunities to build a stable future, most missionaries will never know what it means to live a life of involuntary poverty and injustice. We are not called to live this same life. However, we are called to enter into a life of accompaniment with our brothers and sisters that strive toward just changes.

As foreigners, missionaries are viewed differently. How we live and act greatly impacts how the entire missionary and Farm community is perceived. Living simply allows us to break stereotypes and helps us to communicate more openly and honestly with the local Hondurans.

Simple living is a commitment to both an ideal and an action. When we surround ourselves and fulfill our wants and needs with material goods, we have little room for God’s presence and grace to work in our lives. By decreasing our dependence on these goods, we recognize our greater need for God’s guidance in our lives and open ourselves up to spiritual fulfillment.

Missionaries at the Farm of the Child make a commitment to simple living. Some choices are personal (i.e.; use of spending money, use of free time, etc.) while others are communal decisions to live more simply (i.e.; types of food we eat, limits on watching movies, etc.). All are asked to commit to this ideal in theory and to be willing to incorporate this into their experience in Honduras.