Our final payment is due next month, and we are still short about $100,000 of the $170,000 we are paying for the house.
We have met with the attorney for the owner, asking for an extension. We should have the answer on Monday. There is a possibility that we will have to nullify the original contract and find somewhere else to live, but we are earnestly praying that the owner will work with us to find a mutually agreeable solution. We ask you to join us in prayer during the next 5 days as we ask God to move mightily.
Do I believe we have made a mistake in moving to purchase this house? Absolutely not. I believed in April that this was the house God had led us to, and continue to believe this. I have counseled with fellow missionaries who have many more years of experience in ministry and fund-raising, and they, too agreed we should move ahead with the purchase in April, and still believe we should expect God to do a great thing. I can do no more than believe Him and be obedient to his leading, even when it feels like foolishness.
And I do feel foolish right now. I am someone who likes to have their ducks in a row and craves security. God is again teaching me to relinquish control of every aspect of my life and ministry to Him. He is teaching me more firmly that my only security can be found in obeying what I believe He is leading me to do as best as I can. This is humbling and scary. I have asked His forgiveness for anything I may have done to impede His movement. I continue to trust His goodness and great love for us.
Therefore I am asking you to join us as we watch and pray in the coming days. I don't know exactly what God has for us, but I believe it is as good or better than what we hope for. My pastor here, Mike Watkins, keeps telling us to dream dreams that make God sweat, or we are dreaming too small in serving a God so great. I think this qualifies.
If you feel led to partner with us as we seek the funds needed to complete this purchase, the following are some suggestions.
Contact me for more information.
Join us by helping with our annual fund raising dinner and silent auction to be held in April. We don't have a final location, but I'll keep you informed.
In sharing our need with another missionary, who I actually do not know well, he gave me this verse to consider.
I was young and now I am old
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
I am standing on this promise as I believe God to move. . .I don't know what He is going to do, but I know it will be great!