(This was written three weeks ago, but not posted by accident.)
We have been in the US of A for three weeks now and it has been a whirlwind time. Here is the shorthand version: week one: work on getting the kids in school— tours, testing, interviews. Week two: kids start school, Will and Allison go interview in Meeker, Colorado. Week three: family life during the week: school, homework, dinner, sleep; on the weekend, Mom and Dad go to interview in Bend, Oregon. Now we are waiting in the Redmond airport during a long delay.
The Lord has shown His great faithfulness is so many ways. Supportive friends at church, excellent school environment and compassionate teachers, enjoyable time with our parents, welcoming reception on returning to BSF, spontaneous times catching up with friends. In this post, I want to thank Him publicly for our beautiful house.
Will had put out a prayer request on the blog, letting people know that we needed a furnished house or furniture and a house in the Dallas area. The very next day we heard from a friend that her church, First Baptist Richardson, had some houses for missionaries and she thought they could accommodate us, rent-free. I got teary reading her email. Within twenty-four hours, emails were flying between Peru and the house caretakers. All was arranged. The house is maybe ten blocks from Ruth, Will’s mom, the house where we lived last year, so we know the neighborhood and we have Grammy close by. We are only about 15 minutes from my dad and about 15 minutes from the kids’ schools. Here in the metroplex, that is a miracle. We have three bedrooms— twin beds in the most boyish room, a double in a room with a big closet that has become a doll world, and a nice master bedroom with a cheerful color scheme. When we walked in, we were astounded to find a beautifully decorated and updated house with everything we could need and even food in the fridge and the pantry.
A couple of days later, I was amused to read in Nehemiah 9:25 “They took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things, wells already dug, vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. They ate to the full and were well-nourished; they reveled in your great goodness.” Reveling in God’s great goodness we are. We have a generous Father.