~HERE IS OUR MIRACLE HOUSE STORY THAT ONLY JESUS COULD DO!!~
Back when pastoring in Phoenix, in 2001, Phillip prayed and asked God if he could buy a house by paying for it with side jobs. God told him not to buy a house but to focus full time on ministering for Jesus and that He would take care of us. So Phillip forgot about it.
While we were on deputation In 2009, Due to a mix up, Phillip's Life Insurance had been cancelled and we had received a check in the mail. When we tried to call the insurance company to tell them we still wanted LIFE Insurance for Phillip, they told us that since it had been cancelled and since Phillip was still going to live in Colombia, we would have to keep the money and contact them again for Life Insurance ONCE WE LIVED STATE SIDE AGAIN!
God told Phillip to start asking Him for a house because it was time to get a house. He also told us to not go into debt. So we started praying and looking for several months.
We didn't find anything, and it was time to go back to Colombia.
So, we put the money in the bank, and went back to Colombia for what we thought was 2 years straight, only to find out about 9 days later that our SURPRISE BABY MARY was on her way!!
We started asking Jesus to "DROP A HOUSE IN OUR LAPS."
2 weeks later someone called us and told us that they would do all the paperwork to help us buy our house on Bodmann if we would give them power of Attorney.
GOD GAVE US THIS HOUSE FOR ONLY $14,200!!!!! Because of the above Insurance check, we were able to PAY CASH FOR OUR HOUSE ON BODMANN! Plus we had two or three thousand left over to start working on the house!
It needed a lot of work. It was "MAGICAL"...you could tap on the kitchen walls and the lights would come on and tap again and the lights would go off. :-). It had rotted bathroom and kitchen floors, needed new plumbing, falling plaster needed to be replaced with drywall, needed a new roof, and needed new electrical, so Phillip did a Ton of work on it, we had baby Mary, lived in our house for 19 days, and then went back to Colombia for 2 years.
Through the years when we would come home on deputation we enjoyed our home. We still needed to do a lot of work but that would have to wait until the money came in. It never did, because we always happily spent it on missions.
In 2015 before we left Argentina Phillip told the children and I he felt like God wanted us to:
1. sell our house on Bodmann
2. for a certain price,
3. That we were not supposed to get a loan, but use the money from our house to purchase a house in…
4. the Hillsboro, OH area.
When we got home from Argentina and people would ask for how much Phillip was supposed to sell our house, when they heard the figure, you could tell by the looks on their faces that they thought we would NOT get that much money for our unfinished house!
In March we watched them tear our neighbors house down within one hour. It was the same size as ours.
That's when Phillip said, "I do not plan to do anymore work on our house. Let's sell it as it is, rather than me investing time and money that we do not have in the house… That the next owner could completely tear down.
I would rather invest my time and money in God's Kingdom."
In July God gave us the opportunity to buy that empty lot beside us for only $200!!!! That completely doubled our land to go with our house that we were selling. Property value is going up around here! On the same street as GBS library they are building new town houses that are selling for $539,000!
I think that the couple that bought our house is smiling knowing that they got a Huge bargain for double the property plus our house!! (and they are not going to tear it down, but plan to finish fixing it up! :-)
The new owners of our house graciously gave us up to 90 days to find a house after we closed on our house. (we only are having to take 60 days.)
On day 12 we saw a house online. We made an appointment to see it the next day. But then the realtor realized the owner was going to be home and the realtors do not like you to meet the owners; he switched our appointment for Friday.
It was inconvenient for us to switch, But God knew that our family needed to meet the owner, so he allowed us to get mixed up on the time we were supposed to be there and we arrived 45 minutes early on Friday! Not knowing the owner was home, we parked in front of his garage and he could not leave!!! :-)
The owner came out and said, "You might as well come on in and I'll show you around!" He is nearly 87, the house is immaculate, he was married to his wife for nearly 64 years, but lost her 4 years ago. He is a Christian! With tears in his eyes he said he did not know what he would do without his Jesus! He built the house for his wife!!!
In the kitchen there was a sign that said "Be still and know that I am God!" Which is the verse that God had given us the Saturday before while we were WAITING ON HIM!
~The owner STARTED BUILDING THIS AROUND THE TIME THAT GOD HAD TOLD PHILLIP IN AZ TO FOCUS ON SERVING HIM AND HE WOULD TAKE CARE OF US!!!!!
~The house is exactly what we need! Extra storage and buildings on the property,
~Phillip will have a 32 x 60 shop,
~There are nearly 5 acres,
~Our Kimberly and Sarah are adults sharing a room and they had told me they would love to have a walk-in closet. Of course they knew that most houses only have one master bedroom set up.
This man build two master bedrooms with walk-in closets and bathrooms attached!
Only God!!! :-D
~Our boys wanted a creek and at the end of our driveway is the nicest clear Creek!
~My only "gripe" was that the linoleum underneath the dining room table looked dated and made it feel more like a kitchen then a formal dining room. Before we got there he had put brand new carpet throughout the house and brand new vinyl locking tile!
The amazing thing is that his asking price was $100 less than what we sold our house on Bodmann for!!!!!
(God is so good, that I had to stop writing this and PRAISE JESUS! )
We will still be full-time faith Missionaries with GHM and still attend our Christian Nation Church but felt like God wanted us to get our kids out of the middle of the City.