Dairy Adventure

Monday, September 16, 2019

What does it mean when a preacher looks at his watch
Bill Koch, retired pastor and now NOMAD, brought our morning message. What does it mean when a preacher looks at his watch? Absolutely nothing.

It was another beautiful day in Illinois out here among the corn and soy bean fields. We start every day with a Bible study, a morning social time, some singing and a devotion. Today we also had our friend from Midwest Mission Distribution Center come talk to the membership about their mission work. Chantel the Executive director did a great job sharing MMDC’s story and mission.

MMDC trailer
The director of MMDC brought supplies to make feeding kits.

The rest of the day there were several options such as a tour of a dairy, work to get ready for the auction tomorrow, pack food bags for MMDC or a few other things. We spent part of the day going to Fair Oaks Farm‘s “Dairy Adventure”, then returned to do some work.  The dairy was of interest to us since Max worked at the family dairy growing up and we thought some of the family back home would be interested in seeing the pictures.  This was a huge operation, milking 350,000 gallons of milk per day.  In the barn we visited they milked approx 2800 cows three times a day and they have 11 barns.  The milking parlor used a 78 cow carousel taking 6 minutes to milk each cow.  Amazing to those of us who grew up on farms.

Tonight we had a chili contest. We didn’t enter our chili which was a good thing because Max was asked to be one of the judges. It was a fun night with lots of good food followed by a concert by a quartet that is part of the “Country Theater Workshop Group.” They were very good and everyone seemed to really enjoy the evening. Another busy, fun day.


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