“God’s country is pure gold”
We love sharing testimonies from our visitors! This testimony of Colleen Buechler, a dear friend of our apostolate, is particularly inspiring! Please share this with your friends & come visit us at God’s Country soon.
By Colleen Buechler
God’s Country is a wonderful treasure in southern, Indiana. I discovered this treasure just over a year ago, but don’t know why it took me so long to find it. I had heard about it several times – “beautiful land… rosary trails in the woods…wonderful people…such a prayerful place” – but I didn’t truly understand that God’s country is pure gold.
My first “visit” to God’s Country was the first Saturday of May, 2011. Not too long ago, I learned that the first Saturday of each month is special. In the early 1900’s, Mary, our Blessed Mother, appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal, and requested that the first Saturday of each month be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart. This devotion is a way of showing her our love and our love for God and others. She asked this of all people, and I finally realized that this includes me!
“She asked this of all people & I finally realized that this includes me!”
Saturdays are not an easy day for me to leave the house. My husband, Jim, and our four kids are home, and there are always lists and projects that need to be done. I had to tell myself that there were three other Saturdays in the month and that helping God and Mary was more important. Jim and the kids gave me their blessing as I headed out the door that morning…“Enjoy your day…drive safe…Bye Mom!”
“It is in giving that we receive,” and that is exactly what happened on that First Saturday. Dr. Mark Ginter welcomed me when I arrived. People were gathered by the St. Michael statue, talking and laughing. I signed in, and within a few minutes had met many nice people, including Elizabeth Haas, whose family started “God’s Country” on her husband’s grandfather’s land. She was so friendly, and even now I get excited to see her when I go there. She is a gem!
Before long, we all walked into the woods and stood before a statue of Mary in a grotto in one of the natural rock “walls” at God’s Country. It was like a diamond in the treasure box! Dr. Ginter explained Fatima and how the day would go, and then we headed to the 14 foot replica of the Ten Commandments – WOW! The day continued with Stations of the Cross among rock walls that gave me a sense of the narrow streets of Jerusalem, outdoor Mass, and a pitch-in lunch where I met several more wonderful people. The afternoon was just as special, but I’ll let you discover those nuggets of gold and precious gems when you come.
“God’s Country has now become a part of my life –and a part of my family’s life.”
God’s Country has now become a part of my life –and a part of my family’s life. Since that First Saturday, our family has been there many times. When volunteers are needed to lead prayers and read reflections, the children and teens are included as well. Our children now volunteer, and it touches me (and Jim) deeply to see them excited about prayer and their Catholic faith. We are inspired by all the people – young families with babies, toddlers, children, teens, young adults, middle-agers and the young at heart – who come for First Saturdays and Friday evening movie nights and other special gatherings. We all come to love and help God and His Blessed Mother, and to spend time together. We would love for you to join us – and discover this priceless treasure that God had so graciously given us.