Trenches & Holes

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top and lower trench. Drone photo courtesy of Legor Productions

updated 20170712

Recently we partook in a project creating large trenches on a couple of properties.

Jesus suggested the idea, and directed us. He was going to do some large holes filled with matter at his place and Pete and I decided we would really like to do the same at our place. We also wanted help out in the process at Jesus & Mary’s to gain some valuable training and make use of the earth moving equipment in the area.

We felt it was a great opportunity to get the project started, learn about project management, execution, following direction and a whole heap of other stuff.


Here’s the break down of the process for your information.

Why the Project Was Done (including but not limited to…):

  • To benefit the land by retaining water to slowly seep down hill from the trenches and holes. This re-hydrates the land. The more water you can keep in & on the land rather than having it all run off, the better it is.
  • To benefit the land by having nutrients from the decomposing matter seep through the earth and benefit the surrounding areas of the trench. This feeds the land, animals, insects, microbes
  • To give back much needed organic matter and nutrients to the earth in order to aid the soil to recover and encourage intelligent living creatures to flourish
  • To begin giving back to a property and doing all we can to rehabilitate it after taking so much from the land over many years.
  • To gain education and training on large scale land rehabilitation, including planning, designing and implementation
  • Because there was excitement and motivation for the ideas and we wanted to be part of giving it a go.
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Lower trench. Drone photo courtesy of Legor Productions

What Was Done:

  • Planning, designing & marking out large scale holes and trenches on damaged areas of properties. Choosing areas that have already been damaged and or will have the the greatest benefit to the most amount of area**.
  • Building large scale trenches and holes, one smaller swale and a previous trench filled. 4 were completed in total on two properties.
  • Fill trenches and holes with organic matter that can decompose and leach nutrients and create healthy soil and ‘feed’ the lower parts of the properties.

Below are basic drawings of depth, dimensions and levels for doing a contour trench on a hill. The principles apply to any trench: keep the base both sideways and longways level  so that water disperses evenly along the entire trench rather than one end or one side only. Ensure the top of the banks (swale humps) are level – see diagram 3. You want the base of the trenches and the banks level, so that moisture will be evenly dispersed over the greatest amount of area.

It is important to take into consideration where the trench is going to seep the most. You want to ensure that the seepage reaches the biggest area possible, or the targeted area.

Widths, lengths and details can be modified.

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Diagram 1

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Diagram 2

 

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Diagram 3

 

Dimensions of the Trenches:

Dimensions are dependent on the area that you are digging the trenches.

At the top of a hill it would be dependent on the diameter. If it was very steep you may run a trench along the contour of the land around the hill rather than doing a bowl shape at the top. This would be dependent on the terrain you are working with.

For the ones we were involved with they were dug either along the contour of the land, or on the highest points of the properties. Some were on flatter ground and some were part way down the slope of the hill. The approximate dimensions were as follows:

  • 1.8 metres deep
  • 20-35 plus, metres long
  • At least 3 metres wide some were 10 metres or more
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Drone photo courtesy of Legor Productions

Where The Trenches Were Dug:

The trenches were dug at the highest points on the property in order that everything below will benefit.

If the land had been flatter the highest point would have been chosen, or a number of trenches/holes possibly dug on flat ground (site specific decisions would be made).

If the land was really hilly, it would make sense to put the trenches or holes at the very top of the hill/s in a bowl shape so the goodness (nutrients & moisture) would soak out evenly on all sides of the hill and benefit everything below it.

 

Ingredients Used in the Trenches & Holes

Ingredients To dig:

  • Excavator
  • Level – to ensure the bottom (long ways & sideways) of the trenches and holes is level. To ensure the banks are level.
  • Humans – to drive the vehicles, check the levels, direct the matter

 

 

Ingredients To Fill & Cover:

  • Hardwood chip + transport
  • Debosia + Transport
  • Tipper – to move earth, hardwood chip & debosia (a type of local native softwood, a bi-product of an oil extraction process)
  • Natural organic matter including by not limited to: cardboard, green waste, dead trees, tree stumps, felled trees cut up, cactus, anything that will break down but is non-toxic.
  • Loader – to move earth, hardwood chip & debosia
  • Water + transport (or as a gift from God, Rain)
  • Tipper – to move earth, hardwood chip & debosia
  • Loader – to move earth, hardwood chip & debosia
  • Humans – to direct & organise the matter

* As well as filling the trenches, it is also important to cover the banks and any areas that have been damaged or denuded in the process. You will need to take into consideration how much organic matter you need in order to both fill the trenches/holes and to cover the banks and any damage done creating the trenches and holes (example: exposed soil, or where the excavator has left track marks, trucks have dug up soil  when delivering matter etc).

Soil left uncovered and open to the elements with no ground cover dries out rapidly, blows away and can cause erosion quite easily.

The soil on these properties becomes like dust and blows away in the wind. We want to keep as much soil as possible in place and to do so we need to cover it with mulch rather than leave it open to the elements.

 

Ingredients Required For Documentation:

  • Video Camera
  • Stills Camera
  • Sound Recorder
  • Humans to manage the equipment & write up the data

 

Method to Create a Trench or Hole:

  • Plan and design the trenches and holes in a  property specific manner. Design the trenches to suit the landscape. We chose the most damaged areas (already cleared) and the areas that would create the most benefit (down hill) for the property.
  • Dig the trenches and holes with excavator
  • Ensure the bottom of the trenches and the banks are Level as you go
  • Create a bank around the edges, or on the lower side of a hill if dug on contour, ensure this is level all round, or with the up hill side of the trench. If you do not make it level when it fills with water you will either have an overflow effect or you will end up with the top of the bank really dry. Remember you want to have as much moisture spreading as evenly as possible in the greatest possible area, or the specific area required.
  • On the lower side of the hill a bank was created, made level and then another trench was dug out to ground level (see diagram 3 below), this was also made level so that there is a deep trench and a less deep trench both that will benefit from the moisture seepage. A lot of earth came out of the trench and it made a very wide bank. Jesus suggested the second trench so that any future planting will benefit from the moisture. If we were to plant on top of the bank without the second, smaller, trench the trees will always be struggling for water, by having the second trench dug to ground level and filled with matter it benefits anything growing on the bank.
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Diagram 3

 

  • Fill Trenches as soon as possible after trenches have been dug. It is good to have the matter pre-ordered and to arrive as soon as possible after trench/hole completion, leaving earth exposed is not recommended.
  • Put in a ramp for animals so they don’t get stuck in the trench/hole if they accidentally fall in
  • Ensure that all work is done safely. Great care needs to be taken with the loader initially filling the holes and trenches. This is so the loader does not get stuck or fall into the trench. Watch out for power lines and potential hazards, always have a spotter and have at least two, or a team of people, working on dangerous jobs to watch out for each other.
  • Collect or Have fill ingredients delivered (matter)
  • Begin filling
  • If you consider the requirements before digging a trench, you can make it such a way that you can literally back the trucks into the trenches and drop the matter where you want it.
  • Cover all exposed earth and ground with matter (hardwood chip is ideal)
  • Fill with water – preferably by a large rain event, you can wait for this to happen. We are going to truck in some water to the trenches to speed up the process and fill them with water so they can begin decomposition much faster.

Notes

  • It is preferable to encourage decomposition rather than composting, this is due to wanting intelligent life to live, flourish and ‘do their thing’. So if you compost it gets too hot and kills everything. Example if you have a heap of green waste it would be better to create thinner layers, this creates less heat
  • If composting is intended to break down or prevent weeds or seeds germinating this can be put at the very bottom of the trench.
  • We have yet to experience for ourselves, but we suspect that the trenches will do a combination of composting and decomposition. Keep this in mind when creating trenches and holes.
  • Hardwood chip if layered too thickly can ignite. Ensure your trenches have enough moisture, or are layered to prevent them getting too hot and catching fire.

 

Layer with the Following Ingredients:

  1. In the trenches we put some cardboard bales, an old chair, old logs & stumps, cut down trees we had cleared. Some prickly pear tree cactus was added in the bottom as an experiment. Prickly pear tree has heaps of moisture in the plant and as it is buried 1.8metres below the surface we don’t think it will sprout, rather it may cook, compost and decompose, leeching all that moist goodness down the hill.
  2. Layer of hardwood chip (fill approximately 1/2 to 3/4 of the trench)
  3. Layer of debosia (fill 1/4 to 2/4 of trench)
  4. Green waste scraps, any other decomposable matter laying around
  5. Fill anything left with hardwood chip (really you can fill it with what ever you have that is organic matter that will break down and is not toxic, you want to ensure it creates life, not destroys more)
  6. Cover the banks, damaged earth and any other areas with hardwood chip
  7. Add water if possible, to speed up decomposition process
  8. Leave to decompose & seep
  9. Wait and see what happens
  10. Document the trenches and holes regularly to share with others what happens, who moves in, what creatures emerge, when you build a lovely big trench with lots of decomposing matter and moisture seepage.
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Drone photo courtesy of Legor Productions

Time & Resources Breakdown for Two Trenches:

Excavator hours: 17 hours to dig 2 trenches, sculpt banks and form smaller trenches + mobilisation @ $153.00 per hour incl. gst.

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Hardwood chip: 640 Cubic metres of hardwood chip (8 loads, at least to fill 2 trenches) @ approx. $1830 incl. gst (approx. as this depends on the mill it comes from and transport costs).

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Debosia: 200 Cubic metres of debosia (10 loads at least for 2 trenches, we would have liked more but the season is over) @ approx. $190.00 incl. gst per 20 cubic metre load – truck & trailer (this depends on the price of debosia + transport and can vary).

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Water: 10 truck loads of water (2 trenches), 10 loads for 2 trenches – water itself a gift, and the trucking to be paid for (10,000 litres per load, total of 100,000 litres for two trenches. Details will be added when the water is delivered)

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Time so far: Approximately 16 hours or more of loader, tipper & manual labour work to move all the matter into the trenches.

Loader break down: 15-20 mins for each load of debosia. 20-30mins for a load of woodchip – this is varying with the first load taking longer than the subsequent ones.

Supervising the project and laser leveling the trenches 20 hours over two days for one person. We had one person always with the excavator for safety and ensuring levels were level.

This would take A LOT longer if we were doing it manually and moving it ourselves with just arms, legs, forks and wheelbarrows. There is more work to be done in order to totally complete these trenches.

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Time unaccounted for: guiding trucks into tricky areas, being onsite for matter delivery, planning and marking out, level measuring time during trench build (level measuring is approx the same as excavator time). Tipper moving piles of unused dirt, relocating dirt to other projects.

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Possibilities:

You can do these holes and trenches on a small scale. From Jesus’ discoveries he has done both, and has found the big trenches to be really beneficial, but if you only have a tiny area then the trenches and holes can be scaled down.

We have done a trench in town on a 1 acre block. it was 1.8 metres deep, approximately 1.5 metres wide and as wide as the block. It is doing really well with many creatures attracted to it already.

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Hardwood chip spreading. Learning the benefits of matter in soil creation

Thank you’s:

We would like to thank Jesus for his enthusiasm, this idea, his time, direction, training and sharing.

We would like to also thank Jesus, again, Pete & Eloisa, Corny, Wayne involved in trench building & filling, Lena, Igor for documentation, Darryl for the gift of water, and thank those who transported matter and dug the trenches. Some of these people were paid and some volunteered their time. We are grateful for all who were involved in this project and helped out in all the different areas!

 

Questions:

If you have any questions please contact us through our contact us page, link here. Or go to the menu bar and choose ‘contact us’.

We feel enthusiastic about this project, are happy to share what we have learned and will happily publish answers to any questions asked.

Until next time, happy experimenting!

 


 

** Notes & Further Considerations:

The planning of these projects is really important.

Taking into consideration the environment and eco-systems needs to be considered carefully for each project. Very fragile eco-systems would be treated differently to used farmland for instancce. High mountainous terrain, or steep hills and flat or semi undulating areas would all need different considerations.

For some environments terracing may work, other environments cutting into the land would cause more issues and terrible erosion problems so it may be a matter of building up matter, or becoming innovative with the ways things are done.

The aim is to help land recover faster, not create more damage and problems. In all environments the problems need to be weighed up against the benefits. If the issues and damage will be more than the benefits it is best to not do it in that area.

The point of the trenches is to hold water and create nutrient soaks that hydrate and feed the land.


July Update

Hello!
Thank you’s

We would like to thank Jesus for all the technological work and training over a large variety of areas that he is doing for God’s Way and gifting to myself and others.

The amount of research and comparing products, function, economy, prices, performance etc of all kinds of technology options for God’s Way data storage is amazing. And not only did Jesus do the research he also educated others, shared and compared everything he had learned with so that the best informed choice about things could be made.

Mary wrote up a great post which can be found at the following link: 

We would like to thank those of you who have donated to God’s Way over the past months. Your donations weather one offs or regular donations are most appreciated. Aside from Members fees, Gifts and Donations are the only sources of income God’s Way receives. God’s Way relies on people’s desire to donate in order to run and serve it’s objectives.

God’s Way update:


From Mary’s June Update:

Divine Truth & God’s Way Operations

Divine Truth operations were overdue for an overhaul and redesign of our data storage systems. As our core work and passion is to create and deliver Divine Truth materials to the world it is essential that everything we create is stored and backed-up very safely and efficiently (otherwise we risk loosing valuable recordings, documents, templates, plans, books etc). This requires Divine Truth to own and manage a lot of computer hardware. We cannot easily use Cloud based operations, since we have very poor internet bandwidth, speed and capacity in the Australian bush. Most of our computer systems are 5-7 years old, and our server systems are very slow, and at full capacity.

So, we have been overdue for not only an upgrade to our system to enable more reliable and less time consuming storage and back-up processes but we also needed to review the file management structure we have been using to organise the data we have stored and continue to create. Since God’s Way also must set up new data storage and file structures, we have decided to perform our upgrades with God’s Way in mind. This will allow Divine Truth and God’s Way to share the same infrastructure and training systems, and we hope will result in quite a number of people having a large degree of technical expertise.

We currently have around 480TB of raw video and audio data in cold storage, and 48TB of editing video and audio, along with another 16TB of general data storage, along with 3 iMac based video editing stations, 4 small linux servers, 4 windows PC’s and 3 Linux systems. All of these machines are connected to a 1Gbit network, but the video editing stations are connected via a 10Gbit network. Data is stored in many different locations, and managing it is becoming very difficult for Jesus along with managing all of his other work. We immediately need around 120TB of space to allow for Divine Truth video editing, God’s Way video editing, and the storage of data used by both companies, along with a clear upgrade path. Since our data is very important to us, we need to store it all, as well as having methods to backup the data regularly.

Jesus has put off his normal work for sometime in order to research the available hardware and software options that would meet our specialised needs for many years to come. He has had to learn learn about new technological advances (both in hardware and software). This research has taken Jesus huge amounts of time to complete, but he is now up to speed technically on creating large distributed node based clusters of data which have a high level of redundancy and the lowest upgrade cost. We hope in the near future to purchase and maintain our own hardware (4 x large servers able to upgrade to 240TB of data each, using 10Gbit connections to our network, used in a cluster which allows 2 servers to be used in rotation for a backup, and 2 servers live at all times, with each server having a copy of the data), and use open source software to maintain the clusters (GlusterFS on Centos). The proposed system will be able to grow to 240TB by adding disks, and further growth will occur by adding 3 new servers each time once God’s Way has a location of its own connected to our location by fibre (which we hope to set up in the next few years).

Cold storage backups will be produced by 2 x Linux servers with 16 drive bays backing up to large drives for individual project archival and storage. We always create two copies of all archives before we remove projects from our main editing store. These upgrades will allow for hi-speed video and audio editing at speeds that are a minimum of 4 x our current speeds, the ability to have a number of concurrent video editors working at the same time, along with reliable backups onto cold storage for years to come. This work in expanding our storage system and redesigning our file naming conventions and storage procedures is essential for our future expansion and later database creation. Obviously this amount of data needs good organisation for many reasons. The upheaval and reorganisation of our current physical system will occur after we have re-organized and categorised the data, along with producing a database which describes all of the data in detail.

In addition, we already have a team of around 80 volunteers who need to be able to communicate with each other better, and find documentation for their processes. So we are setting up a cloud based infrastructure for internal forums, wikis, and blogs to be used to keep all volunteers worldiwde up to date. God’s Way will eventually have many projects underway, all of which will also need forums, wikis and blogs.

Of course, this requires a lot of work to setup, and again, Jesus is the only person with the appropriate expertise to make these decisions and choices, as well as setup the resulting infrastructure which will be used both by Divine Truth and God’s Way. At this stage we are testing Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 in a load balanced solution connected to a scalable AWS RDS, running a Linux, Apache, MariaDB, and PHP software stack (LAMP) with an open source product alled Tiki Wiki running on top. Data will be backed up to AWS S3, and to our other servers in Canada and the USA.

LAMP Stack Defn

As you can imagine, this infrastructure needs a substantial financial and time based outlay. We have been putting off making the changes we have had to make for sometime as technology usually becomes more reliable and more affordable over time, and because Jesus wanted to focus on producing information for the Assistance Groups. But we decided that we can’t put the process off any longer and so Jesus has taken the plunge to investigate extremely thoroughly before we make our purchases. At this stage we have some people who want to help financially which is great.

Obviously we need technical assistance, but unfortunately, since a major part of our system has to be local, all of this assistance needs to come from people who live locally so that proper structures and directions can be given to them. Since there a no people locally with these skills, Jesus has begun a training program with people who do live locally, and who are dedicated to living “God’s Way”, who volunteer a lot of their time to us already. Eventually, when we have the funds donated to do so, we would like to pay these people for their services. At the moment this is not possible due to the amount of donations we receive, but Jesus is still going ahead and training the people required.

 

New Online Delivery Services for Divine Truth & God’s Way

As I have mentioned, as a part of our technological overhaul, and in light of the changes we want to make for Divine Truth and God’s Way, Jesus has been concurrently investigating content management systems. He has been creating LAMP stacks that will allow us to run a variety of content management systems to test. Our goal is to create and maintain Cloud based communication mechanisms, backing up data to our local systems. Due to the amount of data in our Video systems, this is not possible for our video systems without spending millions of dollars. But it is possible for us to use these kinds of systems for our internal documentation, process, and forum insfrastructure.

Our requirements include:

  1. Private Forums for our volunteer teams to use to create and store in house procedures, keep up to date with work on ongoing projects (e.g. transcription team) and communicate within and between volunteer teams
  2. Wiki Pages (private pages for Volunteer team members) – for sharing of Divine procedures, creating working documents
  3. Wiki Pages (for public) – to share data collected by Divine Truth and God’s Way teams in a variety of fields e.g. relationships, education, construction, land regeneration, engineering, computer systems, etc
  4. Website and blog redesign

Wiki

 

New Document Templates for God’s Way & Update of Divine Truth Templates

Jesus has also donated his time to God’s Way to create all of the new office templates for God’s Way company and project research documents. While he was at it he updated all of our Divine Truth office templates as well. He has updated over 100 templates in total. He makes these things look easy but they take a lot of time.

 

God’s Way Mentor-ship & Directorship

Jesus and I have both been involved in assisting the God’s Way company to get up and running and to focus on their core business as outlined by their constitution.

Jesus has spent considerable time in educating and donating time to Directors, members, and guests of the organisation, in the following areas:

  • Creation of a company constitution suiting the requirements for a non-profit organisation in Australia
  • Creation and setup of a company
  • Legal aspects of running a company, including how to deal with property ownership
  • Designing Accounting systems & correct accounting procedures
  • Setup of the software and chart of accounts for God’s Way
  • Consulting with accountants and leading meetings with God’s Way accountants to ensure they established best and legal practices for receiving gifts and donations
  • How to create and protect valuable Intellectual Property
  • Technical considerations for the creation of Intellectual Property
  • Education and assistance to Directors with decision making for the purchase of hardware and software pertaining to data collection & storage
  • Technical assistance and education to set up company email accounts, blogs and management of internet services

After Peter Lytton-Hitchins removal as Director of the company, {Mary} stepped in and became a Director to assist with day to day decision making and weighing up ethical considerations and actions in harmony with the company constitution and objectives of God’s Way. We hope Peter will return as Director after he addresses aspects of love that Jesus has identified for him.


As can be read in the quoted text from Mary’s blog above, God’s Way and those involved have been receiving so much help from Jesus and Mary technically, through training, personal feedback and other areas. Their time has been mostly used for helping out God’s Way which has brought up a number of issues which the directors and those involved in God’s Way need to emotionally deal with if they want to run a sustainable business that is led by a team of people rather than relying on one.


Changes to the God’s Way Constitution

Changes have been made to the God’s Way constitution and have been filed  with ASIC. A link with the modifications can be found here. Again Jesus spent many hours adjusting and creating these changes. The directors had the opportunity to receive training on Constitution clause writing.


Projects Updates:

Education Project for Adults and Children

We had a review at the beginning of the year in regards to the Education Experiment. This came after Jesus and Mary pointed out some truths we were skipping over and addictions Pete, Tris and I were engaging in.

The negative impact of not dealing with these issues included the project suffering due us being unwilling to challenge each other emotionally, wanting to be addictive and not challenging the parents or the children enough in the lessons. We are still working on these issues currently.

The areas that have improved are that more documentation is happening, more consistently, in fact this improved so greatly once the issue had been raised that we wish we had done so earlier.

Tris received some great ideas from Jesus and has revised the Education Project substantially. It is quite different to the presentation Tris and Eloisa gave in January, so we have decided to not put up the presentation but instead share about the new way it is going to be.

Tris has created an Education Plan for both an online programme and a potential school. We are currently focusing on the online programme and may or may not engage the example school. There could be others who are really excited about the school in the future who will take over that idea and create it.

We feel that an online programme for Adults and Children is the best way to share with the most people and feel that our time is best spent in setting this up.

Tris and Anna have some exciting ideas and as they design, create and share them you will find out more. you can see more of what they are up to on their blog

A Brief overview of the New Ideas for the Education Project:

The Student Education Plan consists of the following areas (this is not exhaustive and is subject to changes and modifications, currently it looks as follows):

Foundation Level

This is basically Love 101. Foundation is a whole heap of units educating people about God’s Love and Love in general. Introducing God’s Loving Laws and the benefits of living in harmony with them. It focuses on all the aspects of Love.

It focuses on how to use the gift of our Will, how to interact with others, encourages growth in all students. Educates how to work through emotional blocks to new information including current emotional issues that limit them and how to break these limitations and how to recognise and positively engage emotionally charged situations. Students will be encouraged to become responsible for their own emotions, attitudes and behaviour in life.

In the current schooling system Foundation would be the first year of school so targeting 5 year olds, but is designed in such a way that it is able to be modified for any age level. This is literally the foundation of the education course and every person involved will need to go through this course, no matter their age, before moving on to…

Enthusiasm Level

This is the second area Students will learn about, in the school current system it will be for ages 6-7, but again will be modified to suit all year levels, including adults and will need to be engaged before moving forward.

Enthusiasm focuses on How to recognise soul passions; how to use desire powerfully, become responsible for their own learning; research and creations. Enthusiasm educates students on the benefits of serving others in your passions, moving past current emotional limits of understanding, how clear purpose, benefits self and others.

Independence Level

Is the third area students will engage. This area in a school situation would target ages 8-9, but will be beneficial and adjustable to all age groups.

Independence includes learning how to complete tasks for self responsibility, including running a household, looking after personal needs and needs of others (in a loving manner); practical skills such as banking, vehicles;  what is involved and needed to set up companies and various other information. How to honour personal legal responsibilities in life.

Independence involves learning about God’s Laws and how these work and how to live in harmony with them. Independence educates students to be fully independent in a loving and self responsible manner both physically, emotionally & spiritually.

Occupation Level

Is aimed at students who are approximately around the ages of 10-13.

This area encourages students to become responsible for their own businesses and income. Students will be encouraged to be ethical and moral in all their dealings and interactions.

Occupation educates students on how to turn their interests and passions into businesses; how to create and run their own businesses and companies; how to create intellectual property to share freely with the world. How to document the process of every creation, the processes, procedures, mistakes and solutions, along with many other skills.

We feel excited about this project and the small experiment we are currently conducting with one family is showing some positive results for the students.

In images above kids and Tris engage in activities, Pete has joined the school to learn about love too.


Tubs Project

Experiment 1

Pete and Eloisa have been learning how to conduct consistent, thorougher, scientific research, we still have much to learn, but by setting up and engaging an experiment it has taught us a lot of things.

This project was suggested by Jesus to a group of people in order to find out how to create a waterless garden system that can be set up easily, self waters (meaning it has a wicking system – see image below that enables water to be put in the bottom of a tub and last for weeks or months so it does not require constant watering).

We found out many things including, but not limited to: how to set up an experiment, about how different soils act, about growth of plants and how living soils (soils that have life – micorbes, insects, soil creatures and are made of decomposed matter grow things in an exceptional manner and out perform potting mix)

We have video and documentation to share on this project that will be put up when editing is done and completed.

Others have also begun some Tub experiments to gather data. As others research and findings come available we hope to share them here too.

Image Basic Wicking Bed

Image of basic wicking system. Thanks to http://www.Carazy.net for use of this image

Tubs Experiment 2

Our next experiment is creating soil from human waste (poo, wee, household greenwaste) with the help of worms and possibly dung beetles.

We also want to measure the effects of prayer on soil and plant growth.


Trenches Experiment

Another great idea that Jesus had was to create swales along the contours of the land and trenches, or pits which are filled with matter and water at strategic points on a property.

The purpose of these large trenches is to act as huge soaks allowing water to seep down through the soil of the property to keep the property hydrated and the matter that is put into the trenches, to slowly decompose and all the nutrients to be transported down through the soil to the rest of the property also, or to a good portion of area surrounding the trench.

Jesus decided to do some on the property he and Mary live on and Pete and Eloisa got so excited about it that we have put a couple on our place too.

Future post to come: Detailed information on the theory behind the trenches, how they work, the benefits and photographs of the process. Link will be provided when it is shared.


Design projects

We are look at various designs and ideas for buildings, including a potential renovation for guest accommodation. Ideas and designing experiments for building with Earth bricks and other mediums; and everything involved to do this


Induction Programme

Is being designed with mentor-ship from Jesus and Mary.


Learning Centre Shed

Was dismantled and remove. There were lessons to learn for those involved about putting up with unloving behaviour due to fears, working as a team and being clear and precise. An important lesson was to always uphold Love & God’s Truth and deal with any issues of love immediately.


Observations

As you can read there is A LOT of involvement from Jesus and Mary and to be honest the ideas, creation and enthusiasm for God’s Way projects currently originates with Jesus in most situations.

We can see that due to some personal fears and emotional resistances we are often leaving many things up to one person – Jesus and that is going to be problematic and unsustainable if we do not make some soul shifts and changes.

Jesu and Mary are always growing and at some point will have so many other things to do and share with the world and at that time a team of people will be needed who are educated, passionate, desirous, self motivated, independent, dedicated to service & sharing God’s Truth with the world; and who are able to run the day to day operations as well as design, create and execute projects. Currently that is our aspiration to be the team described above.

For God’s Way to flourish those currently involved have some things to work on, and we look forward to attracting an enthusiastic, motivated team with a heartfelt desire to serve and meet the Objectives of the company.

All the best to each of you who read this blog,

Love

Eloisa

On behalf of the God’s Way Team

 

God’s Way Admin Update

Hi Everyone!

We would like to inform you of some changes to God’s Way email addresses and bank account details, see details below.

New updated Contact Details:

Please use the following email addresses if you want to contact God’s Way.

Contact Details

General Enquiries office@godsway.net
Gift Enquiries
gift@godsway.net
God’s Way of Education Enquiries education@godsway.net

Changes to Gifts & Donations page:

Updated bank account details & email addresses

Any gifts that are not accompanied by a Gift Deed & Gift Statutory Declaration can still be received by God’s Way, but are classified as income and cannot be accounted for as gifts.

We would like to thank all those who have made gifts and donations to God’s Way, we are grateful!

 

 

 

Thank You Jesus & Mary

Hi Everyone,

We would like to acknowledge the time, effort and resources that Jesus is gifting to God’s Way and those involved personally in setting up all aspects of the God’s Way company.

Recently Jesus has been spending a lot of time on the technical aspects of God’s Way, such as setting up servers, back up systems, email addresses, accounts and everything that goes with these. Including training setup & implementing the background tasks and setup work so God’s Way can share easily with the world.

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Image from Mary’s blog: https://mary.divinetruth.com/

Jesus has spent weeks preparing these gifts and then training us to use them.

The amount that Jesus does is extraordinary!

My observation is that Jesus and Mary are very understated about the gifts they generously and freely give to the world and often because they just get on and do, rather than talk about what they do, people have no idea how much time, resources, energy and expertise goes into the production and day to day running of their core business – Sharing God’s Truth.

I have been reflecting on gifts and how a true gift is a very precious thing in this world.

Jesus and Mary abundantly give gifts to the world in all manner of ways. I notice that we take the gifts we are given by our brothers and sisters for granted rather than seeing how precious they actually are.

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Image from Mary’s blog: https://mary.divinetruth.com/

Jesus is constantly researching and finding better, more efficient ways to do things, he is modifying and upgrading technology & systems so that Divine Truth material is as easy as possible for people to access & use, and that is just the technical side. On the personal level I have experienced both Jesus and Mary give time, Love & Truth to many, many people without any personal gain. They are patient, loving and truthful even with those who do not behave in the same manner. Jesus and Mary always think of others and put much love and consideration into all that they do & share.

We just click on a youtube video and don’t often consider everything that went into planning, creating, producing & outputting it.

I have had the opportunity in the last year to see first hand a snippet of what this soul gets up to and I can assure you the amount Jesus & Mary do every day is huge.

Thank you to Jesus & Mary for mentoring us & all the gifts you give, in particular to God’s Way & us personally to ensure that God’s Way runs as intended.

We would like to acknowledge and thank Jesus for all that he shares & has done and continues to do for God’s Way, as the majority of work done to get the company to where it currently is at, is due to his personal efforts, resources, time and expertise.

Bye For Now,

Eloisa Lytton-Hitchins

Recently at the Cushnie Learning Centre…

The Director’s of God’s Way met with Jesus & Mary and other Members & Friends, for a couple of walkovers on the Cushnie Learning Centre (images below). The purpose of these walkovers was to gain an overview of what needs doing and create a prioritized plan for projects at the Cushnie Learning Centre.

There is much planning to do and we have found we are need of education in many areas.

Thank you

The directors would like to thank Jesus and Mary for their time in mentoring us & others in order to run God’s Way company, beginning to plan projects, and helping us to prioritize the areas we need to up-skill in emotionally, physically & intellectually.

We would also like to thank our volunteers, Members, friends and those who donate to God’s Way for your desire, time, resources and finances. We really appreciate your support, enthusiasm and generosity.

Shed for Removal

There is a shed that we need removed from the Cushnie Learning Centre. We had this up for Tender, but feel that if anyone would like it for free you can have it if you personally remove it.

If you know of anyone who is willing to remove it and would like the materials please contact us at the following email address:

office@godsway.net

For more information phone Eloisa on 04 3411 2585

Description of what needs to be removed:

Measurements & Details:

  • 15x8m shed with skillion roof and concrete floor
  • Skillion walls falls 4m to 3.6m
  • 75x75mm galvanised steel post construction embedded into concrete
  • 2x 70x35mm steel roof beams on top of each other, welded, lower painted and upper galvanised
  • 125mm roof Z purlin, 11 runs @ 15m, bolted fixing method
  • 100x 50mm hardwood wall purlins, 4 rows around shed, bolted fixing method
  • 25x25mm painted steel bracing
  • 125mm zincalume quad gutters
  • Air-cell insulation 120m²
  • Rear and side wall cladding in corrugated Colorbond (Deep Ocean) 2nd’s sheets
  • Roof clad in corrugated Colorbond (Deep Ocean) 2nd’s sheets
  • Front wall clad in Weathertex painted weather boards with 140mm cover, 3m high, nailed through the face of the boards
  • Upper front wall clad in trimdek profile, clear, poly carbonate sheeting 15m wide 1.3m high
  • Powder coated aluminium windows to front of shed in possibly Cream Colorbond colour, all sliders
  • Sizes: 1680Hx2450mm* x1, 1000Hx1260mm x3, Sliding door 2100Hx1500mm x1
  • Powder coated aluminium windows to rear of shed in Deep Ocean Colobond colour, all sliders
  • Sizes: 2100Hx1200mm* x2           *indicates that windows have a fixed glass section at the bottom and slider section above
  • L shaped kitchen 3000mm long x 1900 with breakfast bar.  Includes sink and flick mixer.  Cupboards in Antique White, bench top in mottled bluish colour.  Long section 600mm wide.  Breakfast bar section 900mm wide.  Pantry 2100H x 600 x 600mm in white with single door and shelves.
  • Carport: Rafters are 200×75 galv. C purlins, 3@5m.  Beams are 150x50mm galv. C purlins, 2@4m. Purlins are 75 x 38 hardwood, 6@3.9m & 6@4.5m. Posts are 100x50mm galv. C purlins 3@3.4m embedded in concrete. Gutter is 125mm zincalume quad gutter @ 8m.
  • Wood fire box, small capacity with single flue. Lower guard section available but not attached.

(Thanks to Corny for these details and the photographs of the shed)

Rain

Last week there was rain. The roads become rivers when it rains at the Cushnie Learning Centre. One of the projects we are planning is to fix up all the roads, aiming to keep as much water on the property as we can and stop as much erosion as possible.

Images below: Dams on the Cushnie Learning Centre before and during the rain.

The images (below) on the left are of the same place before the rain. It became a torrent of water. It is a spot that needs some fixing up erosion wise

Bush track before & during the rain

God’s Way of Education Project

A couple of weeks ago Tris & the kids school day consisted of a working bee picking out plastic and returning cardboard to pits on the Cushnie Learning Centre.

Creatures

Tris met a line of Caterpillars (bag moth species) that followed each other in a line to new destinations.

Goanna

Until next time,

Eloisa

Free Shed – No Longer Available

Post updated: 20170411         Previous update 20170403

The Shed is no longer available as someone has agreed to dismantle and take it away over the next 6 weeks. Thanks for your interest.


Hello!

We have a shed that needs to be completely dismantled & removed from Home Creek Loop Road in Cushnie, Queensland Australia (photos below).

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Would you like this shed? If yes, please contact us

Measurements & Details:

  • 15x8m shed with skillion roof and concrete floor
  • Skillion walls falls 4m to 3.6m
  • 75x75mm galvanised steel post construction embedded into concrete
  • 2x 70x35mm steel roof beams on top of each other, welded, lower painted and upper galvanised
  • 125mm roof Z purlin, 11 runs @ 15m, bolted fixing method
  • 100x 50mm hardwood wall purlins, 4 rows around shed, bolted fixing method
  • 25x25mm painted steel bracing
  • 125mm zincalume quad gutters
  • Air-cell insulation 120m²
  • Rear and side wall cladding in corrugated Colorbond (Deep Ocean) 2nd’s sheets
  • Roof clad in corrugated Colorbond (Deep Ocean) 2nd’s sheets
  • Front wall clad in Weathertex painted weather boards with 140mm cover, 3m high, nailed through the face of the boards
  • Upper front wall clad in trimdek profile, clear, poly carbonate sheeting 15m wide 1.3m high
  • Powder coated aluminium windows to front of shed in possibly Cream Colorbond colour, all sliders
  • Sizes: 1680Hx2450mm* x1, 1000Hx1260mm x3, Sliding door 2100Hx1500mm x1
  • Powder coated aluminium windows to rear of shed in Deep Ocean Colobond colour, all sliders
  • Sizes: 2100Hx1200mm* x2           *indicates that windows have a fixed glass section at the bottom and slider section above
  • L shaped kitchen 3000mm long x 1900 with breakfast bar.  Includes sink and flick mixer.  Cupboards in Antique White, bench top in mottled bluish colour.  Long section 600mm wide.  Breakfast bar section 900mm wide.  Pantry 2100H x 600 x 600mm in white with single door and shelves.
  • Carport: Rafters are 200×75 galv. C purlins, 3@5m.  Beams are 150x50mm galv. C purlins, 2@4m. Purlins are 75 x 38 hardwood, 6@3.9m & 6@4.5m. Posts are 100x50mm galv. C purlins 3@3.4m embedded in concrete. Gutter is 125mm zincalume quad gutter @ 8m.
  • Wood fire box, small capacity with single flue. Lower guard section available but not attached.

We had it up for tender but now it is yours for free if you are willing to dismantle it and take it away promptly.

If this advertisement is still up, it means it is still available.The shed is no longer available

Details:

1.If you are interested in completely removing this shed please call Eloisa on

04 3411 2585 or send an email to the following email address

office@godsway.net

Please include the following details in the email

  • your name
  • Phone number
  • When you can dismantle and collect the shed

2.The shed needs to be completely dismantled and removed from the site, by you, or someone organised by you as soon as possible.

For more information or to arrange a time to view the shed phone

Eloisa on: 04 3411 2585 

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Shed for Removal Cushnie. Thanks Corny for the photo

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