We’ve needed a freezer, badly. The older chest freezer we’d been given finally gave up the ghost in September. Though we didn’t loose much, we did lose some, which was frustrating. Not only that, but I had to start a whole new way of shopping because we didn’t have the space to stock up like I’m used to doing. It has been a bit of a hassle and a definite inconvenience!
Over the last several weeks, Chris has watched craigslist faithfully, looking for a chest freezer that would meet our needs and that we could afford. More than once he called on an ad, only to discover that the freezer was already gone. With two deer ready to go into the freezer (more examples of God’s provision!!), the situation was growing critical.
Yesterday, Chris excitedly awaited a return call from a gentleman who had a very nice freezer just a little outside our price range but still workable. Another party was coming to look at it but if they didn’t show up quickly (a common problem with craigslist), that gentleman would call Chris. He never did. Chris was disappointed, but we both knew God would provide just what we needed. We just didn’t know when.
Well, God decided to provide a freezer, for $30, yesterday afternoon!! The gentleman who sold it to us is a Christian who is moving out of Spokane and couldn’t take the freezer with him. It is older, but has been working well until it was unplugged just days ago.
It is with humble thanksgiving that we celebrate, once again, God’s provision for our needs, in His way and in His time, but His provision none the less!
As faith-based missionaries, we have ample opportunity to see God’s hand of provision for us. Such is the case with our dryer. The dryer we purchased when we moved into our house two years ago was a very old electric dryer Chris found at a local thrift store for $30. It dried the clothes quite effectively, and considering the amount of work it did, lasted a long time. Just days ago, it finally succumbed to “old age” and gave up the ghost. Having only cost $30, it wasn’t worth trying to repair. With as much laundry as we do, it had to be replaced, and quick!
We began looking for a second-hand dryer. Buying used appliances can be quite a gamble, so we prayed and asked others to pray. God answered. Just last night I was checking on craigslist.com and found a not-that-old Whirlpool in Post Falls. I called to get a little more information and to see when we could come take a look at it.
As it turns out, I was the first one to call. Apparently, several others had called and were interested. But, the lady who was selling the dryer gave us the first option, since I had called first. Chris went out this morning, picked up the dryer, got it set up, and we’ve been drying clothes since!!
Though some may disagree with me, I’m convinced God saved that dryer for us. The lady could have sold it to any of the other people who were interested. Many sellers on craigslist.com won’t hold something or wait – whoever gets there first gets the item. How thankful I am that this experience was different, and that I can rest in God’s provision, no matter what the need. He truly is the Great Provider.
In July, Campus Crusade announced a new name for the division we’ve been serving under for the last two years; Priority Associates. Priority Associates has actually been around for several years, which is exactly why it is the name our new division is working under. The new Priority Associates is combining the strengths of LifeBuilders, Executive Ministry, and the original Priority Associates to most effectively accomplish our goal of turing lost marketplace influencers into Christ-centered transformational leaders.
As part of the tranformation of our ministry division, the national Priority Associates office has launched a new website, www.priorityassociates.org. It is well-designed and easy to navigate. If you have time to check it out, I’d love to hear what you think.
If you click on Spokane under the locations tab, you’ll see a brief description of what we are going for in Spokane, as well as a great photo of downtown! In the coming weeks and months we’ll be adding details to our page, so check back often.