God's faithfulness, missionary life, Missions, Thanksgiving

God on a Time Table

On June 19 Doug and I will have been with the Mission for three years. I’ve been rereading my accounts of God’s faithfulness to us as we were preparing to leave. In the next few weeks I will be sharing them with you. This is a repost from May 9, 2011.
“May our giving of thanks be as obvious and expressive as our sharing of needs.”
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss

For weeks now we have been trying to sell our 2008 Chevy Uplander van. We had an ad in the local paper and put it frequently on Facebook…little response. It was parked on a major highway…no response. I just knew in my heart that God had a family planned for this van. It was in excellent condition. We have no kids so it didn’t smell like stale McDonald’s french fries or have drink stains. Well, I did spill a cappuccino in it, but it cleaned up pretty good. We were getting a little anxious about it. We still owed on the van and was asking only for that amount which was comparable with all the price guides.

On April 27th at the end of Wednesday night bible study we were having a discussion with the group and our pastor concerning the van. The thought was that we were not going to be able to sell the van for the amount we wanted and what was going to happen if that was so. I piped up from the back, “I believe God can sell the van by the next business meeting.” Silence. No one was jumping on that declaration. The next business meeting was in two weeks. I had just put God on a time table.

We had put an ad in the area car trader, but yet had no response. I prayed daily. My gratitude journal read:
April 28“Van to sell by business meeting at or just a little less than asking price.”
May 3 “With the van in the trader I thought we would get some calls, but nothing. Lord, please bring the person you have for the van before business meeting.”  I then thanked the Lord for what He hadn’t answered yet and asked for His intervention.

It was now Friday, May 6. There were five more days before the business meeting. That evening, while with my mom and grandmother in a hotel room enjoying what we have termed our “Wild Women’s Weekend”, my phone rang. It was a man interested in the color of the van. In this area when someone wants to know the color of the van before anything else the person is most likely a Mennonite. After we determined it would be the right color for him, I told him to call my husband. They talked. Doug learned that he was indeed a Mennonite and he had just been to go look at a van in another town but it was not what he wanted. He wanted a Chevy Uplander. He just happened to flip open the the Trader and there was our ad. Sight unseen. He asked what our lowest price would be and upon hearing it asked if cash would be okay. I would have loved to have seen Doug’s face for that one.

Doug calls me to let me know what happened. We are both in shock. I’m in tears because God met the time table. He didn’t have to, but He did. What a testimony this was going to be those who doubted and thought God would never answer such a bold statement.

God did have a family planned for the van. He and his wife have 3 children. They met Doug at the church to pick it up and was just as pleased with the van upon seeing it. Today we make the final payment. Once again, we thank the Lord for His faithfulness to us.

We continue to thank the Lord for His faithfulness. A few weeks ago He answered a need for another vehicle situation. Our bakkie here in South Africa had blown a rod and the engine could not be repaired. Before we could even talk to the Pastor of our sending church about what we needed to do and the cost, He told us someone had given us $_________. This amount not only allowed us to get a used engine but also some needed tires and brakes. 

What can you praise God for today?

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