A Brief History of the Lord’s Land

Our dear Sabine went home to be with the Lord on July 7th, 2009 in Dresden, Germany. She died in her home of a heart attack and was buried in her hometown of Dresden. She is dearly loved and will be severely missed. Feel free to post a memory here on this page. We want to capture all the stories we can.

  1. I have just spent the week here at the Lords Land and I loved everything about it. I would love to visit there again

    Comment by Ethan Mills — March 27, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

  2. The wonderful people who have populated The Lord’s Land over the years have been one of the biggest blessings to our wonderful community here in Mendocino County. The brotherhood and sisterhood expressed by those visitors to The Lord’s Land when I came across them in the community at large was deeply felt and warmly welcomed. Truly what Christianity is all about. I am very very thankful to have had this place “in the neighborhood”, and I look forward to it’s future and it’s continued good works.

    Comment by Brian Wagoner — April 13, 2009 @ 10:27 am

  3. If it wasn’t for Sabine I wouldn’t be here today. I was a spaced out hippie that Sabine was willing to talk to even though I would make fun of her and call her a Jesus Freak. Well, her prayers paid off and on one Fri. night in April of 1973 a friend of mine convinced me to go to the Land with him. I went and there was a meeting going on in the Big house. They were singing and then they played a tape by Jim Durkin (Training Your Soul). At the end of the meeting, no one gave an altar call, but I felt something was to happen and Sabine asked me if I would like to go down to her cabin and talk. I did and there were about 10 people there also. After many questions, which Sandro answered, Sabine said, “why don’t we pray.” Everyone took hands and it was very quiet and then Sabine said I think Cricket is ready to receive the Lord. No one led me in a prayer, but the Holy Spirit came upon me and this Jewish guy who had only been in a church once in his life began repenting, and my life was changed that day forever. Oh, and Janis was there and saw me get saved, so I tell people I wouldn’t of gotten saved if it wasn’t for Sabine and Janis and I wouldn’t be going on 36 years of a wonderful life in Jesus.
    Thank you Sabine

    Comment by Steve Lappin — July 8, 2009 @ 6:30 am

  4. Many blessings to you on your wonderful work and a fulfillment of Sabine’s vision. Joe Segreto, the Mosaics. Known also as Jeseppi Trade Wildfeather

    Comment by Joe Segreto — July 8, 2009 @ 11:54 am

  5. Dear Friends at Lord’s Land:
    Tim and I were both saddened and rejoicing at Sabines graduation into the Presence of the Most High God early Tues. AM.
    I’m sure we all are pondering her influence in our lives, and many many other lives. Personally, i am very directly indebted to her. I was travelling w. my boyfriend who was a friend of  Sabine’s. I was a brandnew Christian, and 8 mos. pregnant with his baby when  he called Sabine, and she asked to talk to me.
    Sabine said this:’Follow Jesus, not man,Kersti’.
    Those were the  most influential words of my life. Instantly i knew i must go to the Lord’s Land.
    On Mother’s Day 1973, i arrived at the Lord’s Land, and i surrendered ALL that day. I told  my boyfriend, that i had set my face like a flint, to serve the Lord for the rest of my days. If he wanted to give his life to Jesus, he too could stay there. He tried a few hours, but left by end of the day.
    So, Sabine was the one who by opening her Land to hundreds of young people, provided a safe haven for new believers.
    She went to NY w. a team as a missionary, then to her home-town of Dresden, Germany, and her life inspired many Germans to turn their life over to Jesus.
    In her latter years, she loved to find the street-urchins  who lived in dark places under the streets of Dresden, then raised money for them to have homes and schooling, grow in the Lord. She loved staying up late, when people were wandering the streets, there she worked w. others to love people  sow seeds, and pray with them. Sabine was a treasure, for sure, and she’s now Home, it is a wonderful thing to know that her frail body is laid to rest and her Spirit is with God!  One day we will all be together, because of Jesus!! Glory to God!!
    In Jesus,
    Kersti Stoen .  

    Comment by admin — July 11, 2009 @ 12:55 pm

  6. I found this site (blog?) after hearing the news – must have been from the lips of an Angel, as I have not spoken or seen Sabina since the late 1980’s. Ironic, I now have a coworker who just happened to have lived but a few miles from the Lord’s Land (small world, or is it?).
    I met Sabina when I was but 19 years old and was looking for a place to rent.
    The wait -list was long for rentals – but she said there was something about my eyes that told her I was to be the next on the list. Her presence was so illuminating I still remember the conversation …amazing.
    Sabina took me under her wing, with her long braided hair and blue eyes – I was honored. Sabina taught me so many things. I was initially worried because I was not a church type and in my words “I am not religious” She laughed at me and said “What matters is your relationship between you and God” (not religion). I later found out most of the tenants were the same as I – we just had to follow the rules of the land and all was good from there.
    Sabina told me the story of her visionary romantic Sojourn from Germany to Florida “To marry a rich man” – and she did! Suprised? (if you lived with her you wouldn’t be)
    Her wealthy husband passed and hence …inheritance..money spent for the now Lord’s Land on Navarro Ridge. Sabina told me that in the begining (when it was a commune) they built all of the cabins from buildings and structures already on the property. So many stories…one things I cleared up with my co worker regarding “who converted who”.
    Well – here goes…from Sabina to me and onto this blog – Sabina explained to me that she was very rebellious in her day and jokingly commented that she was known as the white witch of Mendocino county – no kidding. Sabina told me she went on a spiritual trip to the East (India) and upon return found the commune completely converted to Christianity. She said she was taken aback (not her own words:)and did not like the idea at first but everyone else on the Land had already converted and she eventually came to an awakening.
    In my time living there I recall an ex Bass player from the Byrds lived there (we all played music together as a small permanent community)and people came from all over the world on spiritual quests to specifically live on the Lord’s Land. One tenant came from as far as Africa and he told Sabina he was to fast and pray (cannot recall how long, but it was quite some time). The gentleman astonishingly glowed – we worried for him on Sunday dinners at the big house. We worked together as a small community, chopped wood and helped each other out.
    Buuurr – the cold walk every morning to the shower house, no hot water or sewer. The cabins were incredible, although not up to code or practical for long term at the time I was there so we helped with insulating the floors and upgrading. I remember prayer cabin and the view. The big house’s ceiling beams were from railroad tracks that were previously on the property.I can only guess they were from Southern Pacific.

    Now ….I might take a trip up to Mendocino to reflect. Things have changed much since then – but not Sabina’s stories, the twinkle in her blue eyes, the lesson she taught me and the Love she always had for others.

    Comment by Christina Powell — July 22, 2009 @ 12:40 am

  7. wow
    i didn’t know that sabine has goen home. oh, how i wish that i could see her again. and i will. oh the stories we will share.

    Comment by jim newberry — July 26, 2009 @ 11:55 am

  8. To all the staff, past and present, I thought I’d just write a short note of appreciation to Sabine and the staff. For all the timeless prayer meetings, for all the road trips to the Bay Area to pick up donations to the Rescue Missions for supplies, for all the outhouse horror stories and dirt path clean ups, for all the spiny nettles and see-saw drop-off’s, for fresh lamb and garden-duty, for videos in the stone-dome, for loose stones on the fireplace at the big-house, for morning coffee bible studies, for the first hot water on the land (woot!) and for the biggest bonfires down on the beach after a storm…we’ll miss you Sabine, but we are jealous in a way since you’re truly in the REAL Lord’s Land now…God’s many blessings and look forward to the memorial service..

    Comment by David Russell — August 15, 2009 @ 9:10 am

  9. Am currently living at The Lords Land with my wife Holly and 7 children.. our 7th was born in Lindenville …. (The cabin Named after Gary and Caren Linden) …….. It was good to see Caren and hear her share last night at the Celebration of Sabines Graduation and Life.

    We invite your stories/tales/memories of the Lords Land, we are creating a book of memories and will put yours into it. Please share a memory or a story via email or this blog. If you have a long story please email us ywam@lordsland.org…. we will be sure to put it in our “Lords Land Memories” book .

    Comment by Eric (todd) Brockmeier — August 19, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

  10. I found out about Sabine going HOME from a German friend serving in Israel. I thought at first my friend meant she went home to the Lord’s Land in Mendocino and hoped to see her again. It goes without saying, I WILL see her again in the Lord’s Eternal Land and it will be even prettier than Mendocino. I’m sad but rejoicing. We S.O.S. ers who served Jesus in San Francisco in the 80’s have many wonderful memories of close fellowship, hours of prayer and worshiping Jesus with dearest Sabine during our many R and R retreats to the Lord’s Land. Goodbye, dear friend, I can hardly wait to see you again!

    Comment by Dawne Caldwell — September 2, 2009 @ 11:00 am

  11. Dear friends of Sabina (Sabine), today (Feb.26, 2010) I just learned of Sabina’s passing. I reverence few hours I spent on the land called Terra Sante at the time (during the summer of 1971) and I spoke with several of Sabina’s “kids,” her son and with her within her teepee. She touched me deeply with her heart, her choice to deliver a place on this planet to humans…to help them sort out their lives within the embrace of nature, peace and a fellowship/communal environment. I was a drifter, an artist, who sketched various residents on The Land and the Big House under construction. I traveled the US for over two years learning and witnessing the variety of souls who made up America. I was a recovering Marine, damaged by the Viet Nam war and trying to make sense of humanity and the horrific acts committed because of beliefs. I am enriched by the legacy of Sabina, the memory of her and one of her favorite “kids” at the time…Gus, who abruptly left the commune for a life at the Lighthouse. Sabina was deeply troubled by his departure and his perception, claiming that the commune was a tool of the Devil. I followed him up there to Table Bluff and met with him and his soon to be wife, Jenny…even delivered them to Ferndale to get their blood tests…Jenny was several months pregnant. Beautiful people. I also transported them to the Deliverance Temple. Over these many years, pushing four decades, I have not found much in the likes of Christianity that I perceived was delivered by Jesus. I was touched by the spirit of those I meet at the Lighthouse, but I held an opinion, which I still carry to this day, that the bible is a corrupted and manipulated testimony of the life and teachings of Jesus. There are many testimonies which never made the “cut” into the collection of books entitled the bible today. Each of us are promised his spirit, his personal revelation and relationship with the Creator..signifying great gifts, and powers even eclipsing his own…. Sabina or Sabine magnified an unconditional love, a Christ-like-love and acceptance that truly humbles me and stirs the liquid tears of my being right now. Blessed be you all who carry the Christ with you and the memory of our Sister Sabina.

    Always, your brother, Richard Yaco

    Comment by richard yaco — February 26, 2010 @ 2:23 pm

  12. I met some Christian travellers in San Fran named Candace & Jared that would tell me about ‘the Land’ and how they would take people that were interested in Jesus up there to retreat from the street life of drugs and violence in ‘the City’. I didn’t notice that part of the history on here.

    Comment by Jeremy — October 20, 2010 @ 7:43 am

  13. I just read the news about Sabine’s passing. I had the great priviledge to spend much of a month on The Land back in the Winter of 1972 and then to visit it briefly several times in 1975.

    It was a truly beautiful and Godly place. Sabine was a powerful and inspiring figure and I have often thought back about her and La Santo Terre. God rest her soul.

    Comment by Joe Pearson — March 14, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

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  15. I stayed on “The Land” during the summer of 1971, when I was 21 years old. It was a transformative experience, and although my spiritual path evolved in another direction (I became a Sikh several years later) I still look back to that magical time, living close to nature and in harmony with fellow seekers of Truth and right living, as an important turning point in my life and remain grateful for Sabine and her vision.

    Comment by Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa — June 1, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

  16. I have friends who have recently talked of visiting Fort Bragg for the first time ever and I thought of the Lords Land as a unique place to go for relaxation and reflexion. I looked up The Lords Land today online and found this site. What memories I have. I visited around 1991 with my son and a female friend of mine. You could tell the moment you drove on the property that this was truly the Lords Land. Peace washed over me and I felt the presence of the Lord. We had a blessed time in our stay there but never returned and now I have recommended it to a friend. Great pictures and testimony of how Sabine started this was great. I really never heard of the way it had begun but know that God had his hand in it no doubt from the beginning. Blessings to you all.

    Comment by Mona McWhorter — June 30, 2011 @ 10:46 am

  17. I lived here in ’81 in the Raccoon cabin with my three young kids but so much happened to us there that it is hard to put it all together. My son Martin age 13 at the time fell out of a tree and was dying. Sabina and I prayed over him then was he was taken by ambulance to the hospital and God healed him through prayer by those at the Land. I will always be grateful for the faith, the simple faith of those on the Land. He is alive due to their prayers.

    Thanks to Sabina and the Land we were strengthen in our walk with Jesus and spent some time as missionaries to Samoa. What a time that was. Whoa! Another story to tell.

    I found this site from Amy my 40 year old daughter who was 10 at the time we lived here. I am glad she looked for the Land. It is wonderful to see after 50 years, it is still going. God bless all who love this place and work hard to see it flourish. My prayers are with you all!

    Comment by Lin baker — July 20, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

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  19. I lived and worked at The Lord’s Land in the summer of 1990. I wish so much I could remember everbody’s names with whom I lived and worked. Of course, Sabine was there, but also Gary and Karen, Joseph who lived in a tiny cabin inside the garden area, and Tom who got sprayed by a skunk and had to bathe in tomato sauce. There were many other people there too, but unfortunately I can’t remember their names. I would be so happy if anyone who remembers me would call me, (530) 345-4860, or Facebook friend me or email me at linus_blanket_2001@yahoo.com. I know in heaven we will all see each other again, but I’d like to see each other again now. Gary was one of the most talented artists I’ve ever met in my life. He is responsible for much of the creative designs of those cabins and decorations and carvings. Wayne and Vickie Goudreau and their beautiful girls came shortly after I left. There have been so many beautiful people who have lived and worked there. I hope to hear from some or many of you. :)

    Comment by Brian Anthony Kraemer — July 24, 2013 @ 12:10 am

  20. Hi Brian! Thanks so much for your lovely comments! We have a Facebook Group that is full of people who have lived and ministered on the Lord’s Land. It would be a great place for you to reconnect with folks. We’ll send you an invite! Sara Crystal has posted many, many pictures that I’m sure you’ll love.

    Comment by admin — July 25, 2013 @ 11:42 am

  21. My mom, Ginger Powers enjoyed knowing Sabine at The Lords Land in the early 70s. About a decade later, mom accompanied Sabine to Florida to witness to Sabine’s friends from her before Christ days. After prayer and fasting at the Lord’s Land, Ginger went on to be a missionary on five continents. The Lord took mom Home while serving in Bungoma, Kenya at the age of 64.

    Comment by Dianne Smalling — August 13, 2013 @ 2:02 pm

  22. I spent a week at the Lord’s Land in 1970 and returned a few times afterward. I heard of the Land by a former hippie resident who became a Christian there. She told me of Sabine and I would have loved to had met her. I plan to visit there again soon to refresh my soul and grow in the Lord. A Pilgrimage.
    In Christ, Raymond

    Comment by RAY TSCHORN — September 10, 2013 @ 9:40 am

  23. Dear Friends,

    Michael Levin, a friend from our Northwestern University days, met the Lord at La Tierra Santa (the Lord’s land) in maybe 1971 or 1972. I was privileged to witness his baptism, when all the Tierra Santa people were at a Festival of the Son. I heard some years ago (don’t know from whom!) that he ran a restaurant in Mendocino.

    Do you know anything about him or where he is now? I would love to reconnect with him.

    Thanks – Ann Witkower

    Comment by Ann Witkower — February 27, 2014 @ 8:30 am

  24. I had just came across this site why I don’t know. I had met Sabine in 79 or so, it was a strange meeting for me because at the time I was in a cult in Orangevale, Ca. A group from the Land had came down to visit our group, I was so excited to feel their Love they invited my family up to meet Sabine. Sabine love and kindness was more than I truly have felt from anyone. She told me how God loves everyone it is us that has a hard time with that. She invited us to meet Sunday at the little white church in town and meet some of the others. Not only did I meet some truly loving people Michael, Gary to say a few, but wanted us to see Keith Green when he came. This was amazing to see her once again and the concert, but through her I did really find Jesus, and passed this on to my six sons. She loved music and seeing children happy. What a Wonderful person she was. Don

    Comment by Don Hawkins — March 1, 2014 @ 6:18 pm

  25. I have a friend who was saved at the Lord’s Land in 1974. He was desperate and was heading to an indian to buy drugs and some how he stopped his motorcycle by the road and asked God, ‘are you for real and can you help me?’ Suddenly a woman stopped in front and opened her car door and came straight to him and said, God has shown me that you need Jesus…
    Thank you Father God…

    Comment by Magnus Claesson — May 12, 2014 @ 11:15 am

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