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Christian Farmers Outreach Luncheon sows seeds of religious freedom

Christian Farmers Outreach Luncheon sows seeds of religious freedom
A moment from the 2018 Christian Farmers Outreach Luncheon is captured. The 32nd annual CFO luncheon is set for Saturday, April 6 at the Pleasant Valley fire company hall in Pleasant Valley. (Courtesy photo)

Two front-line warriors in the global battle for religious freedom will share uniquely different experiences at the 32nd annual Christian Farmers Outreach Luncheon on Saturday, April 6 at the Pleasant Valley Fire Company hall in Pleasant Valley.

Born on a wing and a prayer by a farmer inspired to spread the word of the Lord, Christian Farmers Outreach was founded 32 years ago years ago by Carroll County Farmer Wilson Lippy, who was the CFO president until two years ago, when he passed away at age 85.

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But his work continues. At the luncheon, keynote speaker Adam Nathanson will liken the battle for religious freedom to waves on the sea.

“Sometimes, you see waves crashing on the beach. What you don’t see is the undercurrent. That’s the case in the ongoing war between good and evil,” said Nathanson, a long-time Christian missionary who has employed CFO outreach materials to bring hope to thousands in Latin America.

Nathanson, who is currently ministering in Cuba, recently returned to the United States from two Christian churches he started more than 13 years ago in Venezuela. One is in Caracas, at the center of the nation in crisis.

“God is still at work amid the roiling undercurrent,” he said of the churches that have become lifelines to millions of Venezuelans who are unable to leave this once-prosperous South American nation where millions struggle to find food, medicine and fuel under socialist rule.

“Our churches are scrambling to find food just to provide one meal a day,” Nathanson said.

Presenting a second view, Samuel Brownback has sent an exclusive video message as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, and that video will be shared.

Brownback, a Kansas farm boy and a national farm group leader who was a U.S. Senator and then the governor of Kansas was a longtime friend of Carroll County’s late CFO president. Due to U.S. State Department priority duties, Brownback could not attend, but wanted to participate, even if through video.

“Religious freedom is my top priority — every religion,” he said, noting that his goal is to convince world leaders that religious freedom can reduce terrorism and help boost economies. “There’s a direct correlation.”

CFO President Lou Enoff said the nonprofit draws people to hear the word of God at fairs, agriculture shows and other venues in every state. In addition, they are now in 101 countries around the world. Each person who accepts Christ gets a rawhide bracelet with colored beads, a colorful rubber bracelet or a walking stick with the beads attached.

Enoff said CFO has a simple mission to bring people to Jesus. They accomplish this by sharing scripture through colored beads. Each colored bead represents a piece of scripture — with gold representing heaven (Rev 21:18b), dark representing sin (Romans 3:23), red representing the blood of Christ (Romans 5:8), white representing those who are saved (Romans 10:13), and green representing growth (Peter 3:18).

“In addition to the beads, we give each person a follow-up book with tools for accessing more information and fellowship,” Enoff said. “Our goal is to sow the seeds of the Gospel and let the local church make disciples.”

Advance reservations are required by March 23 to attend the Christian Farmers Outreach Luncheon. Tickets cost $20 per person, or $150 for a table of eight. No tickets will be sold at the door. RSVP by sending a check to P.O. Box 136, Hampstead, MD, 21074.

For more information call 443-508-4338 or email ChristianFarmersOffice@gmail.com.

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