The Place

"...a light that shines in a dark place"
2 Peter 1:19b

There once was a beekeeper who yearned for a place where he could place his honeybee hives; a place of clean air, sunshine and lots of flora from which God's precious creatures could eat. This beekeeper and his wife combed many nooks and crannies in central-west Florida. For thirteen years they drove about craning their necks and looking for that "just right" place, not only for the bee hives, but a place to set down roots for the ministry which the Lord had given them in 1978.

In 1980 they saw that the Lord was expanding their vision of the educational ministry they had begun two years earlier, to include families who were home schooling. One day, as they were taking a leisurely drive up the west coast of Florida, they came across a little north Florida community, entitled "Old Town," located in Dixie County, just north of the Suwannee River.

They met a realtor who told them about some land that was for sale back across the river and southeast of Fanning Springs. The moment this beekeeper stepped on this solid ground he knew that this was the place which the Lord had reserved for him and his wife. He knew that his search had ended. As this gentleman farmer and his wife prayed, they were overcome with peace. They believed that the Lord would work everything out for them to purchase the land, since they had no money in the bank. True to the Lord's word to them, the real estate broker worked things out so that Carl and Geneva Diane Cornwell could buy an original five acre tract, and within two years they would be able to purchase an additional 15 acres; all in Gilchrist County, Florida. All this was a dream come true for the CornwelIs. With his "sophisticated lady" (who was raised and lived in the city all her life) and a determination to make a go of it, even though he was in his late "50's," the fact was that they had been given this place by God.

They've raised honey bees on the land, as well as chickens, dairy goats, turkeys and peafowl. They propagate plants and trans- plant them all over the property, knowing that, one day, they will have color from shrubs and bushes blooming all year round. Every December they plant trees obtained from the Forestry Service. Every year they cultivate a spring and autumn vegetable gar- den. They even find time, each spring and autumn, to host group functions. You are invited to come and pause for a rest.

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