A few years ago, we returned to the States on a short furlough. We had several couples come and fill in for us while we were away. One of the couples were missionaries that had served on the same mission field for over 40 years. While they were here, our Jeep broke down on them several times.
We did not have a vehicle our first 6 ½ years in Greenland. We walked everywhere and we were in great physical shape. Then a family that was attending our church, gave us their Jeep. We put a lot of money into the Jeep to get it running and have spent a lot of money to keep it running. It has given us many fits, but we have been VERY thankful for it. It changed our lives and it would be hard to go back to walking.
This missionary couple that filled in told me that our Jeep was a piece of junk and that we needed a new vehicle. He said he was going to pray that we get a new vehicle. We laughed it off, because we knew that was impossible. The cost of a used vehicle is about 4 times higher than you pay in the States, so a new vehicle was out of the question. That missionary couple sent us a thousand dollars to start a vehicle fund and got another church to contribute a thousand dollars.
To complicate matters even more, the missionary couple said they were praying we get a vehicle that seats all seven of us. In our Jeep, our 5 children sit in the one back seat. It wasn´t too bad 6 years ago, when they were much smaller. However, now it is pretty comical seeing all 5 of them squeeze into the back of the Jeep. As we drove around town, our Jeep would hit bottom each time we hit a dip in the road. As a good father, I would get upset and warn the kids that we would soon have to walk, because our Jeep is going to fall apart.
The missionary couple has since retired and sold everything they had. One day, he told me to check our bank account…then he told me to check it again. There was money in our account! He started looking online at the price of vehicles. He wrote and said check your account again. Then he said to check again! It brings tears to our eyes just telling the story how God used a missionary couple (giving their retirement away) to supply a new vehicle for our family!
We now have a brand new vehicle that seats 7 people comfortably and even comes with a 5 year warranty! No more car bills...at least for 5 years! The story of Sarah laughing in her heart when God told her she was going to have a baby in old age comes to mind. With all that we have seen God do, why would we ever laugh or question whether something is too hard for the LORD! With God All Things Are Possible!