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Chapter 55: One giant leap and $80

We left Poland with $80 in our pockets.  This was not an estimation, it was an exact number.  As I reread our last newsletter I am reminded of just how many questions we didn’t have answers to.    How many problems that would have consumed us if we didn’t have God in the equation.  But we left with God’s peace, stepping out into the unknown.

We landed in OKC to a vehicle loaned out to us, slept in a hotel room that met every need a jet lagged family of five could have, and were able to do something we thought wasn’t possible, we rested.  Then we traveled to Colorado in a different vehicle, were given a gift that covered all our finances for arriving back stateside (ultrasounds, blood work and prenatal care, updating the kids passports, transfer our Driver’s Licenses, gas and food money, etc). God showed up.

When we prayed about the first major problem, transportation, we felt God kept answering that He would provide.  We found many vehicles that would “work.”  The kind that you would have to cut a hole in the floor and everyone would have to chip in on the “foot power” Flintstones style.  We kept hearing God tell us to be patient.  While searching for Vans and 3rd-row seat vehicles in our area, we found it.  Walking up to the Van, Michelle looked at me and said, “This is our van, I just know it!”  I laughed and tried to halt her excited tone (you can’t let the salesman know you are interested!).  It was still in the service lot and had yet to be officially processed for sales.  That Friday we test drove it (day 1 on the sales lot) and loved it.  The problem was the price.  We didn’t have $12,000.

Our salesman talked it down to $9,140.  Still about $9,140 out of our price range and others coming to view the vehicle the next day, we surrendered our desires to God and decided to be patient.  We found out that Sunday we had $2000 raised from the Art Sale.  I felt God asking me to continue to be patient.  Still $7140 short, so we trusted.  On Monday morning, we had a call from Pastor Jon asking how much we needed…and God showed up.  Through the generous giving of others who responded to God’s leading, we now have the Van of our dreams bought and paid for!  AMEN and PRAISE GOD!

We were asked more times than I count the deep questions of life: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.  Tough questions to answer when you don’t know the answers!  This is what we do know::  God is calling, the location is Vancouver, the work will be around Coffee, and our purpose is to show up.  What we do know is that God has filled us with His peace.  I should be scared to death, but I am not!

God has called my family (all of us, not just me!) on a grand adventure.  He told us so many times that we will not be able to do this on our own.  This adventure is all about His provision, His movement, His ability, and most importantly Him.  He has asked us to trust Him and allow Him to show up (patience).

We believe He has asked us to show up, because that is what He wants us to do in Vancouver.  He wants us to show up in people’s lives.  To be present, love unconditionally, speak truth, and co-labor with those we meet.  God wants us to get our hands dirty, because life can be very messy.

Please continue to pray for our family during this time of transition:

~as we search for my work in the Coffee industry in Vancouver.

~as we search for our ministry focus, ministry partners, and local church home.

~as we search for housing (without a budget, job, or income)

~as I (Brad) travel up to Vancouver next week (8th-12th) to Pray, network, and interview.

~as our family continues adjust to new environments, times zones, cultures, and unknowns.

~that we would continue to be filled with peace while living in the unknown.

 

Thank you to everyone who has made this adventure so amazing.  We appreciate everyone who has “showed up” in our lives.  Without you, this wouldn’t be possible!

 

With much love, The Graves Family.

 

p.s.  Our offer always stands, we are always willing to join with you in prayer.  Please email us at thegravesabroad@gmail.com with your prayer needs.

 

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