When we left Honduras May 30th, 2017, Bruce and I had planned our future. I had a teaching job lined up, teaching Spanish and Computers (no laughing). We would live on our son’s property (Dan’l), in a 5th wheel trailer, in Kentwood. I would commute, or we would find a small apartment in Baton Rouge to rent during the week and spend weekends in Kentwood. Bruce is still a missionary with BMDMI stationed stateside and is still doing I.T. work for the mission.
The first thing we did was to buy phones and a vehicle. After a week had passed, we drove to Alabama and put a deposit on a trailer. It was to be delivered the next Friday. We were set. Then…
Due to some family medical problems, Bruce’s brother could no longer take care of his mother, and she would need to move in with one of the other 3 siblings. So, after being back in the US for only two weeks we learned we would have a third person living in our home; Bruce’s Mom. This is where we remembered the lesson of “we” can have our ducks lined up for our lives, but God always has permission to rearrange them, and so He did.
We canceled delivery of the trailer, found a realtor in BR who showed Bruce some apartments. We found a 3 bedroom / 2 bath townhouse 4 minutes from my work and close to doctors and hospitals for Mom. We were not prepared for the cost of rent in the US; seems BR had a major flood the previous year, lots of people homeless, which we believe has affected rental prices!
We now had a month to prepare the townhouse, while I had meetings at school in between. Bruce’s mom (89) moved in with us on August 7th. James 1: 27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” We had taken care of the orphans for 21 years, and it was time to take care of a widow.
Three months into our changed life the landlord decided to sell the townhouse. We as renters now discovered the fine print in our lease agreement. We had to permit showings of our home to every Realtor with a Client wanting to see it. Bummer to say the least.
In March, Mom decided to move in with her daughter in California (it seems that is where she wanted to go all along). On May 16th she arrived in California.
Bruce felt that we had been given a second chance to make some plans. As Psalm 37:3 & 4 says, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” We stayed faithful to what the Lord had changed in our lives (not saying it was all roses) and He is now granting us our desires.
My teaching contract has been renewed for another year. Bruce continues to do I.T. work for BMDMI and also has a job as I.T. Director at the school where I teach. We are moving to a smaller apartment in Baton Rouge.
God is good all the time; even when we don’t fully understand it.
We ask for your continued prayer and financial support through BMDMI. We don’t really know what the future holds, but we know Who holds it.
Blessings to you and yours, Bruce & Laurie.