I want to share the whole van story. Back before December we knew we needed a new vehicle but we also new we couldn't take out a loan on a car and were wondering what to do...Baron thought of selling our newer, nicer van the Sharon. It is very nice but only has seats for 4 kids so we always pack the kids in there. The white van was good for transporting people to and from church because Baron could really pack people in there but it was an 87 and really was on its last leg. Baron couldn't decide, he really didn't want to get rid of the Ford and was indecisive about what to do. Then, its as if God decided for us, it was time for the white van to go. The first of December Baron was at Bible study and the white van went up in smoke. It total loss. It was not an anxiety causing event because it was a sign to us that God was making the decision for us as to which car to get rid of! The only problem was replacing it. We didn't have the money and we could not borrow. We sent out a prayer request and within one week one church had given $10,000 towards a new vehicle. By January we knew that two other churches and were going to give and an individual gave $1,000. Baron looked and looked but was not finding anything. We decided that even though vehicles outside the country are better kept and drive on better roads the taxes to bring one in would just be too expensive so we decided to stay in Romania. Baron found 4 vans to go look at about two weeks ago he called his mechanic to ask him to go with him.
Jon told Baron he would go with him but he also just found out a friend of his is selling his 2006 Opal and it is well cared for. Baron went to see it and new that God had brought us this van. It is in beautiful condition and well cared for. The vans he was going to look at were all older and had more miles on them. We had the money wired and now as of yesterday, we are the proud owners of a van that is much better then anything we imagined we would get.
We realize it isn't really our van, it belongs to God as does everything else. The Lord takes away and sometimes after taking something away He replaces it with something even better!