After three years from the time they had settled in that part of the country and before they were able to make any savings, Jason Malbis suggested to this fellow-workers that they purchase 600 more acres of the adjacent land. But they were astonished when they heard his plan in view of the limited expansion of their business and since neither the neccesary money was available nor any realistic promise to justify such a move. But Malbis succeeded to disperse their fears and doubts through his powers of persuasion and self-confidence which were the source of the success of their entire venture. They looked at things through the eyes of human knowledge and ability. He, on the other hand, was motivated by the overwhelming power of faith and belief in the providence of God.

More letters were sent to their friends with the request for monetary assistance.  It is remarkable how his foresight was justified and his endeavor always crowned with success. True, his gains were not spectacular, but what he did gain was sufficient to meet the immediate needs neccesary for subsistence. His faith and optimism served as an inspiration to his devoted friends and colleagues and, as a result, their own faith in God was strengthened and their courage and hope for ultimate success were reinforced. Yet he knew that the road to any work of honest creativity is not strewn with rose pedals.

With the proposed buying of the new land, more sacrifices, heavier burdens and more strenuous efforts were looming ahead. Hard work and a monotonous life was becoming their lot.

Jason Malbis (above) often worked to the point of exhaustion.

Gradually, more Greek friends joined them from the north and added their efforts to the project they found in operation. They owned everything in common. They applied themselves with the zeal to do their utmost for their common cause. Although Malbis assumed the ultimate responsibility of all the business and of the personal welfare of the men, he engaged actively in manuel work often, working to the point of exhaustion and thus setting an example to the other brothers on the one hand, and putting into practice the righteous law of the Gospel 'of doing and teaching' on the other.

One year they planted potatoes over the whole area of the newly purchased 600 acres, after carefully cultivating the land. Their hopes for an abundant harvest were fulfilled. The yield of potatoes was enormous. The overproduction of the potato crop that year, however, caused sharp decline in the Chicago market where most of the farmers of this area were accustomed to shipping their produce for sale. The two carloads of potatoes which were transported there hardley earned enough to cover the shippping charges.

The crippling loss which was sustained was a blow which greatly discouraged the Malbis fellowship. The responsibility for the failure was laid upon Malbis who had been directing the whole project. In this critical hour he turned, as usual to the power and reassurance that came from his unshaken faith in God, and he called upon the divine illimination and guidance. And so again by virtue of this steadfast faith and patience he was able to weather the storm. One could see the power of faith working in him both in word and deed, which he displayed to the good of his fellow believers. Just as a physician knows what medicine to prescribe for each particular illness so Malbis knew how to draw from the spiritual power of the Christian teaching in order to strengthen and revive hope in the hearts of his followers and fellow-workers.

The months and years seem to pass quickly. The colony's endeavors and operations were expanding and more Greek immigrants from the north were added daily to the community. They joined the Malbis Brotherhood in search of a communal life of Peace and love.