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Kristina began developing the ministry in '05 at her parents’
country home in Washington State, and Elisabeth joined her there between August '07 and March '09.
In March of '09, Daniel and Kristina were married, and now live in a country home of their own in Kentucky.
By Kristina McFeeters
From the earliest years, my
parents sought to encourage a love for the natural world.
first years weren’t spent in the country, they always brought
nature in through the backyard garden and Sabbath afternoon walks in
some forest park. They patiently taught me not to be afraid of spiders
and bees and told me how nature shows to us that God is love.
We moved to the country when I
was nine, opening a whole new world to study. The variety of birds at
our feeder, the deer in the backyard, the mountains and forests to roam
and explore. We took identification books on our walks, and learned the
names of flowers, trees and edible plants as our homeschool science
But to my childish mind
something was missing—a link that would somehow, in some way,
nature come to life. Nature facts became dry and lifeless and I began
to wonder— how could facts teach you about God?
God never forsakes a soul who is searching for
began teaching our family how to discover the truths of His
word, as revealed in His creation.
This opened up a completely
new world to me. For the first time, not only did the “dry
and lifeless” nature facts have a new meaning, but the Bible
sprang to life, as well!
To study something from Scripture in my devotions, and then find an
illustration of that very lesson on a nature walk not only helped
deepen the lesson learned, but helped make it practical as well!
Nature study became a hobby
during the homeschool years and continued during my studies at Ouachita Hills College
. On travels with school and colporteuring, the need for learning to use nature as a key was impressed upon my mind.
Opportunities for sharing nature lessons multiplied.
After graduation from OHC in
May, 2005, new challenges arose with finding my niche in
God’s work. Many job openings and calls made it frustrating
to know where to go! God patiently led, and in the fall of 2005, the
idea for Discovering
ministry was born.
It has been amazing to see all the miracles
that God has worked to make this ministry possible. So many obsticles
have been removed, so many doors opened. Right when help was needed,
help came. My parents, local friends, supportive SDA churches in Arkansas
and Kentucky, Elisabeth Mizner, and countless others
have been sent just when they were needed most.
Right at the time when Discovering His Treasures
ministry began, God worked another miracle by sending Daniel McFeeters,
a friend of mine in Kentucky, to help with building this website. Little
did I know that through our correspondence, we would get to know each other
and that Daniel would not only become an integral part of Discovering
His Treasures Ministry, but that we would later join our lives together
in marriage. (Read
our story online here
This ministry isn’t
just for young families with children. We are here to reach everyone
from ages 0 – 120 (i.e. everyone). We are amazed at the
response from the adults who attend the workshops. There is so much to
learn and it is so much fun too!
It's not a money making venture, but it's a ministry
dedicated to help YOU in your walk with God and making the Bible come alive
and real through the facinating world of nature. Our goal is to give you a
taste of what there is to discover, and then teach you how to use the
key of nature to find your own treasures! May God richly bless you!
Daniel & Kristina McFeeters