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Status Update

Friends and Fellow Workers of the Gospel,

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of the Rev Alan Farley on February 8th, 2024.  For now, all ministry affairs are on hold until actions can be taken to address the future of the ministry and Coffee Wagon.  We appreciate everyone's prayers, phone calls, emails and visits during the time leading up to and following Alan's passing.  We will update this page as we have more information to share regarding the ministry. 

The obituary for Alan has been hyperlinked below for viewing.

Open Letter from Executive Producer of Greenfield Village

In 2019, our annual Civil War Remembrance program in Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford featured a re-created U.S. Christian Commission Coffee wagon brought in by Chaplain Alan Farley and his wife Faith.  This very unique and incredible object was an unmeasurable enhancement to our program and was very popular with our guests and participants.  Each of the three morning of the program, we hitched two Percheron horses from our Equine Operations to the coffee wagon and toured Greenfield Village visiting the camps to deliver steaming hot coffee and fresh cookies.

COFFEE and COOKIES video from Greenfield Village/Henry Ford Museum

Here is a link to the video of serving coffee to the troops Memorial Weekend at Greenfield Village/Henry For Museum, Dear Born, MI  This is the first time in the 58 year history of this wagon that it has been pulled by horses.  Stay till the end (only 2 minutes) to see the awesome drone shots.  Enjoy;

On This Day In Civil War History - May 12

1861 - Union General Benjamin Butler takes control of Federal Hill and threatens to fire on downtown Baltimore, Maryland if Southern sympathizers protest.

1863 - Battle of Raymond, Mississippi.  A Confederate brigade under General John Gregg attacks a Union division under Major General John Logan in the town of Raymond, between Vicksburg and Jackson, Mississippi

1865 - The last significant fighting of the WBTS takes place at the Palmito Ranch, Texas along the Rio Grande between Col. Theodore Barrett and John S. "RIP" Ford