For Philip and Kelli Anderson, the mission field has never felt more real. A decade ago, they returned from missionary work in Africa to start Anderson Organics on Philip’s parents’ farm. It hasn’t turned out exactly as they envisioned; a 2010 tornado made sure of that, destroying the barn they had envisioned as a church. But God has still used what seemed at first like a crazy idea to build community and make disciples. To Philip and Kelli, the agricultural setting feels like it leaped off the pages of Scripture.
We visited the Andersons’ farm near Loves Park to talk about ministry, community and calling. As we recorded the interview, we all realized this was a holy moment. Watch the videos and you’ll see why.
Anderson Organics received a Jeremiah Fund grant from First Free Rockford. Wait until you see what they bought with the money, and what an encouragement the grant was to Philip and Kelli.
What should you do when you have an outside-the-box idea for ministry? Philip and Kelli Anderson offer wise words based on their own experience.
Jim Killam is a journalist, author, teacher and terminal Cubs fan. He and his wife, Lauren, live in Rockford and work internationally with Wycliffe Bible Translators.