Get Needed Guidance to Rebuild Your Community After a Collapse

If society collapses, what will it take to rebuild? Will people pull together? Or will they be at each other’s throats?

Vance Lindstrom offers guidance and hope in Rebuilding a Village. He was my guest on DestinySurvival Radio for April 5, 2012.

Vance and his family are homesteaders in Oregon, so he knows about the prepper lifestyle. He has taught classes on homesteading and self sufficiency topics.

He’s also been a pastor for about 20 years and has had what he says is a “front-row seat to the problems that confront our society today.”

Rebuilding a Village covers a wide range of subjects. But then so many parts of the lifestyle we now take for granted will be adversely affected in a collapse.

Here are just a few of the questions he addresses in his book.

  • What are the “stages of grief” that EVERYONE would go through during a crisis?
  • Why was “community” so important to the survival of our ancestors?
  • How has the concept of “community” changed over the past 100 years?
  • How can you develop a “homestead network” to help your neighbors prepare for emergencies?
  • Why is the average church unprepared to deal with hard times?
  • Why does God allow nations to fall… and what does it mean for America’s survival?
  • How can you easily rebuild the local school system without teachers?
  • How can stores continue to operate when delivery trucks stop coming in?
  • How can a person trade with others even when they have no goods to trade?
  • How can you rebuild a NEW local money system?
  • How can banks loan money if there is no US currency to loan?
  • How can a community restore law and order in the midst of anarchy?
  • How can a local community establish its own court system… even without judges?
  • Why are medical providers NOT prepared for a collapsed society?
  • How do you evaluate and treat patients if you aren’t a medical professional?
  • Can you make your own medical equipment?
  • Where do you get medicines if society collapses?

The appendices are worth the price of the book. For example, you’ll find checklists for making sure you have the supplies and food your homestead needs. Comceptual drawings illustrate methods of water filtration and heating. Questionnaires guide you through the process of diagnosing medical problems.

Rebuilding a Village is unabashedly Christian in its viewpoint. One of the appendices gives Scriptures on suffering. Lindstrom’s not preachy, though some may think otherwise in parts of the chapter on rebuilding churches.

The tone throughout the book is optimistic. Some of his proposed solutions seem idealistic to me, such as action points for churches. Nonetheless, I applaud himfor taking on the issues that he does. I’m glad he offers solutions, rather than complaining about how bad things are or will be.

I see enough analysis and pathology reports on society and its future. That can be useful, but so few suggest solutions. Pastor Lindstrom makes an important contribution to a much needed discussion on rebuilding communities at the local level.

He’s a proponent of building community homestead networks, where 5-7 families join together to help and support one another. These are the people who will thrive, not just survive.

Get Rebuilding a Village by clicking on its title where you see it linked in this post. You’ll be taken to the page where it’s featured. Add it to your cart to start the order process.

This is a book worth your time. I encourage you to share it with others. Isn’t now the time we as preppers should be thinking ahead and planning for the long term aftermath of a collapse? Lindstrom’s book gives us guidance and the hope to do it.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.