Far from the bustle of the city in the rolling hills of west Tennessee there exist a place where our missionaries can draw closer to God as they train to serve Him. The 1,000 Missionary Movement North America training program is based at the Harbert Hills SDA Academy campus, and is designed around our farm and garden area. In the spring the fruit trees begin to bloom illustrating the lesson that all may experience new life through the power of Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Friend. In the summer the garden brings a bountiful harvest illustrating the God given increase when the proper nutrients are present and the weeds are kept at bay. In winter the cold hardy crops still survive and even feed us with fresh nutritious produce.
With limited access to the distractions of technology and advertising our missionaries have a better opportunity to ponder and develop their own relationship with the Lord. Quietness makes more distinct the voice of our Creator.
Spiritual and character development being the primary object of education cause us to be very careful with what we feed the body as well as the mind. The concept of simplicity is emphasized through, dress, adornment and even recreation. All of this is done with the goal of entering into the service of the Lord, which generates opportunities for learning the joy of unselfishness.
We have found that our environment provides a place to grow and learn; a place to pray and serve; a place to get to know Him and His will for our lives as missionaries.