Dan & I have been wrestling a lot lately about our current church situation. It's always difficult to know when it's time to move on. We've toyed with the idea of ending our ministry here and moving on to a new location. It seemed like the time was right.
We also found out recently that our landlord is switching over to a woodburning system this winter which would cause a huge problem in our living situation. Nathan & Emily both have asthma and wood smoke triggers asthma attacks in both of them. However, the rents in this area are outrageous and we can't afford to rent a new house. So given all of this we really felt that it was time to move on. We were praying that the Lord would show us very clearly what to do.
We talked with our church planting director yesterday morning and asked him to pray with us as well. We got off the phone and the Lord answered our prayer within 15 minutes! A gentleman we know called us and asked if we knew anyone looking for a place to rent.
He had a house that is available immediately, is $100 less than we are paying now and is much larger. That alone is unbelievable because most of the homes this size are renting for at least $300-$500 more than we are paying. It's in the center of town so we will be closer to everything. On top of all of this, he is going to fill the oil tank up for us for the first time so we don't have to think about that right away!
I know God does not always work this way, but in this case Dan & I looked at each other and knew that this was clearly God telling us to stay here. The best part is that I will be able to run my girl's program out of the house. Since our church will be moving to the local Veteran's Hall, we were not going to be able to have 3D Girls this fall. However, now I can continue this wonderful ministry.
As of August 1st, we will be in a new home. I'm excited but overwhelmed. I have a ton of work to do in the next 2 1/2 weeks.
I thought I'd share some pictures with you.
The front of the house.
Side view and the entrance we'll use.
Front yard. There is a train platform directly across the street.
View out the back window.
Living room. The fireplace divides the kitchen and living room and you can access it from both sides.
Living room windows.
The other end of the kitchen.
There is a full basement, 3 bedrooms, and 2 full baths (one is quite small). We are so excited. We really felt that the Lord just opened this up and is reassuring us that He wants us to stay here. It was definitely the answer we needed and we are excited to see what He has in store for our ministry.
I'll keep you updated!