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Gone astray: We all: like sheep: what a pity

Updated on December 28, 2014

Why did Vladimir Putin refuse to help me feed the world? Why?

The year, 2014, is almost gone. I did not feed too many people this year. Only a small number of people enjoyed quality foods because of the mission and vision of Mamushi Nature Farm Initiatives, Inc. But it didn't have to be that way.

Allow me to share two of my favorite passages from the Bible with you before I deal with the meat of my composition:

1. From the NIV version of the Bible, Isaiah 53:6,

We all,

like sheep,

have gone astray,

each of us has turned to our own way,

and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

From the NIV version of the Bible, Matthew 5:43-48,

"You have heard that it was said,

'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'

But I tell you,

love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

that you may be children of your Father in heaven.

He causes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good,

and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

If you love those who love you,

what reward will you get?

Are not even the tax collectors doing that?

And if you greet only your own people,

what are you doing more than others?

Do not even pagans do that?

Be perfect,


as your heavenly Father is perfect.

My name is Freddie Haddox, and I am the Board Chair of Mamushi Nature Farm Initiatives, Inc. My life is about healing my fellow creatures, both humankind and other creatures, both plants and animals. I love Nature and I love God. Actually, It is difficult for me to see Nature without seeing God, and it is difficult for me to see God without seeing Nature. God and Nature is intimately intertwined, in my mind and heart, so closely, that it is difficult for me, one who is trained in Art, Science and Theology, the way that I have been educated, to see a breach between the two. God and Nature are meant to exist together, "like the white in milk cannot be separated out," they, God and Nature, cannot be separated.

Why did I began a discourse on "Feeding the World with a talk about God and Nature?"

I am a Japanese Nature farmer who have been trained to employ Nature, within farming methodologies, in very special ways, in order to ensure an abundant harvest. We have this opportunity to feed the world's people if we live and work in a manner that honors God and Nature. I am willing to point the way to success, even work on the problem for the rest of my Life, even until I breathe my last breath, even as a 100 year old man, if I have to.

I wrote two letters to President Vladimir Putin, begging for his collaboration on a concept that will establish a Global Food Pantry. The Global Food Pantry initiative, which I conceived years ago but didn't have the resources to make the move forward. I wrote Mr. Putin, the first time, in a letter sent to him on January 30, 2014. I wrote my second letter to him on June 11, 2014.

Mr. Putin did not answer either of my letters. I am forced to assume that one of two things happened. One, he may not have received my letter, or two, he received my letter and decided to ignore me completely. I am only a Board Chair of a very small 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. I am basically, nobody, in the eyesight of an important man, the likes of Putin, maybe. However, being the leader of a non-government organization, with the mission and vision of Mamushi Nature Farm Initiatives, Inc., gives me a foundation with the power, and the authority that I need to approach any leader in any country of the world, asking for help to feed the world's people.

Like any of the leaders of countries of the world, Mr. Putin is a very busy person. If he did not want to deal with me, or help me with Mamushi's work, or vision, all he had to did is write me and tell me he did not want to help me. He could have said (and I would have had no other choice but to except his words) "I don't see any value in your work and I do not want to help you." It would have been his right to do that. Mr. Putin owes me nothing. I am not a Russian citizen, so he does not have to help me do anything.

But to "blow off" a leader of a nonprofit organization, the likes of myself, who is trying to feed the world's people, in the cases of world crisis, or other grave situations, is inexcusable.

I wanted Mr. Putin to buy into my organization's mission. He could have invited me to talk to one of his people (if he is too important to talk to me himself) and we could have begun work in the East and West to establish a Global Food Pantry. The way I see it, if Mr. Putin buys into this mission and vision, many other people, leaders and otherwise, in the East, will help us out also.

Now 2015 is upon us and the Global Food Pantry is still on the drawing-board with very little progress being made on a day-to-day basis. I have not given up on the mission however. We still feed needy people. And as long as we can feed "even one person" we will not stop our work. I only wish that we were moving faster on the initiative, that's all. I only wish we could get more work done.


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      Dr Freddie Haddox 2 years ago from a Franklin, Tennessee native, who travels globally.

      Happy New Year! All!