Provision

God always shows up even in the last minute!

We are now settling in our new home since beginning of February. After we arrived from our extended road trip across US and Eastern Canada, we had great difficulty finding a rental place. The Lord ended up providing us a suite 2 days prior to being on the streets. We were so thankful but it was a temporal place. There, we regrouped, rested and God refreshed us! I can not tell you how physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted we were when we entered that rental suite. But God is so faithful, He has revived us, healed us, refilled us and totally recharged us! To Him be the glory! What precious memories we have with Him in that place of refugee and rest!

After a few months, we started to pray for God to provide us another place that best suits our family and to do so before the birth of our 6th baby. We prayed and prayed. Then came, an e-mail from friends whom God had spoken to, to release some finances into our lives. We thanked God and trusted that now that He had provided for the expenses, that He would also lead us to the right place, though it had been extremely hard. Within days, Pitana found the place, 2 weeks before we had to leave where we were. Great. How exciting! You want to know what happened next? We all got sick. All the children, Pitana and I were so sick for a week! We had never been through this before. I remember, we even ran out of milk and toilet paper, but neither Pitana nor I had the strength to go to the store. Thankful for a friend who stepped in to help! By the end of the week, Pitana and the children were doing well, but I was still needing a bit more time. No packing had been done, so Pitana and children set to work for the few days that were left, yet still managing the home. 3 days prior to our move, there was still 3/4 of the house unpacked. But that day, the Lord intervened again! A team of the young adults from our new church showed up. We didn’t know any of them but they entered into the house with a mindset to work.  By the end of that night, we were almost done. Not to mention, we had a fun time with them! The night before we moved, a friend called and asked if he could come and help pack. Pitana was hesitant thinking that there was really not much to do. But how many of you know that the last minute things can take a very long time to pack? The friend was persistent, and how grateful we are. A couple of hours after he arrived, he had packed up all the remaining items readying for the move in the morning! We didn’t even know we needed his help, but God did and gave him that mission which he accomplished well.

The following morning, the young adults team (now with more of them) along with another friend, showed up to move us. They brought a truck, trailer and their vehicles so we didn’t need to rent a moving truck. Within  a few hours, we were in our new place; kitchen unpacked; bedrooms set up; living room set up; books on book shelves; meals prepared and eaten and little ones tucked in bed. Pitana and I sat down to just take it all in. How good is our God! He never seizes to amaze us!

“O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.” Psalm 65:2. God truly hears and answers prayer. As you read this, we hope that you are encouraged to keep praying for whatever situation, you are in. Don’t give up because the answer will surely come.

We have a week left in our daily 21 days of prayer, maybe you need someone to agree with you, we would love to pray with you. Send us an  e-mail.

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 1:24

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision

Abundance of bread!

At this time of the year, I sense many people having a lot of anxiety. How do I pay for this and that? You know God commands us not to be anxious. You may say, “but you don’t know my bills or my current situations.” That’s why I wanted to share this testimony with you. We hope it encourages you in whatever you are facing today.

Last summer, our fridge was almost empty. We had been praying for food, gas etc. We had just under $50. We agreed and decided to sow all of that money we had into a certain ministry. Within that week, we reaped close to $1500 (Luke 6:38; Galatians 6:7). Before we had made it to the grocery store, we received a phone call from our friends asking if we wanted bread. A very good organic bakery had changed their recipe and was giving away hundreds of loaves of bread. How many loaves did we want? Wow!! Well, we took 75 loaves ; plenty for us and enough to share with others! Our freezer was full and so was the fridge. Glory be to God! Usually such bread a loaf sells between $3.99 and $5. God is so Good.

So, whatever is troubling you today, why not take time to talk to God about it? Why not ask Him for what you need? Often we limit God to our paycheck, thinking that if I am going to have my needs met, it is going to be through that check. The scripture says that we have not because we ask not.(James 4:2) Why not try to ask Him specifically for that need and leave it up to Him how He chooses to meet your need. Be also sure to listen and obey, just in case He has instructions for you.

God bless you as you seek Him today in Jesus’ name. Amen

 

 

Provision

A vehicle provided!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We want to thank you for your prayers. After over a month, we now have our own vehicle. Praise God! The Lord surprised us through friends who gave a significant monetary gift to which we added a bit and got a used SUV. God is so good. It is so good to be able to drive all of us together again.

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Talking to people and looking at what we have gone through this year; seems like there are difficulties that many are going through. Those times come, the worse part of it would be to go through it alone. As a Christian, I don’t think we are meant to do life alone. We are so thankful for those who have reached out and continue to reach out to us during our difficulties. They have listened, prayed and sought ways to bless and encourage us.
If you are going through one of those seasons and perhaps feel alone and have no one to walk through this with you, we want to let you know that we would like to walk with you. So e-mail or call and we will agree with you in prayer.

God bless you and let His name alone be praised.

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Provision

Over and above what we imagined Part-2

We also realized that the gas bill on the house had not been paid for long and soon, it would be cut off leaving us with no heat in the Ontario winter. The manager the owners had left behind was of no help. We got desperate and cried out to God. Pitana stayed all night praying. As we both prayed, God gave us separately a name of a dear sister we had just met. We obeyed and called her as the Lord had instructed us. We told her that we didn’t know why but we felt we were to share with her our situation. She told us that she was going to pray and then proceed as God leads her. She promised she would be getting back to us that day. By evening, we got the call. She had shared our situation with her homeschooling group. There were 3 people saying that they had furnished homes that we could use. One of those ladies called us. Her mother travels for the winter and has a big house that we could use! She explained that the house was big enough for all of our family. The house also came with a clubhouse which has an indoor swimming pool, gym and a games room! I asked her how much they wanted to rent it and she replied “IT’S FOR FREE!!!” Wow, am I hearing correctly? I asked again how much it would be and she assured me that they just wanted to give it to us for free to use to rest. Free including all utilities too! Praise be to God. Only He can do such a thing!

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The house is in Collingwood, ON; a 2 hr drive from where we were in Mississauga. We moved into the house the next day. What a night and day change it was from where we were just coming from. We shouted, danced and cried as we thanked our faithful God. Oh, He is so good. The amazing thing is that those 2 dear ladies have never met. They only knew each other via e-mail!

The house was beyond anything we had imagined. Everyone of us’ desires, including our nanny’s, had been fulfilled. The house was beautifully decorated. Very organized and clean. Such thoughtfulness in every detail. There was Pitana and I’s room (more like a suite); the girls room, the boys room (King size bed) and Sarah, our nanny, had her own “apartment” downstairs- which she so appreciated. There was play room/ game and theater room downstairs with a ping pong table, lots of games, toys and large space with plenty of couches to host a party! There was a craft room- oh my, we had never seen such before, it was like being in a craft store- all kinds of papers, stamps etc. Perfect for a homeschooling family! Lots of room to host friends and family who would need to spend the night when they visited. It was just so perfect for us. A perfect place to rest. Did I mention that it was off the Georgian bay? The club house was free for us to use as well. We just simply enjoyed our vacation and time alone as a family. What a good boss we serve!

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We were able to visit renown places such as Blue Mountain and Wasaga Beach (longest fresh water beach in the world) which were just a few minutes drive from the house.

We of course continued our homeschooling after resting a bit. We took our classroom out and went to see the “it’s an honour” travel exhibit put on by the office of the Governor General, David Johnson. While learning all we could learn about the Canadian honor awards, we were told that Canada’s most honored man was just on the way to the exhibit. He arrived to find a few of us there and he took time to answer our family’s questions before taking off in a few minutes. General Richard Rohmer, that is his name, is said to be “the most decorated Canadian,” The list of his awards go on and on. We took a picture with him for our keepsake and the photographer on the exhibit took one too. Little did we know that we would be in the local newspaper!!!

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I hope you are encouraged as you read of how God turned our trying time into something beautiful beyond what we had imagined. He hears you too. Whatever difficult situation you are facing, please don’t give up. Let’s keep calling unto him.

“O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come.” Plsalm 65:2.

To God be the glory both now and forevermore in Jesus’ name. Amen

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Provision

Over and above what we imagined!

We left Niagara Falls and headed to Mississauga, ON where we had rented a furnished house for the remainder of the winter. The owners were travelling overseas for a couple of months and were flying out that night. Though we had viewed the house a few days prior and had been assured that once they take their belongings (clothes etc) out to store them, that they would clean the house. We arrived while they were getting in their vehicle to catch their flight and all seemed very rushed. By the time we got to examine the rest of the house, they were gone. What a shock to look behind closed closets, kitchen cabinets etc. The house was filthy!! Beyond “gross.” What do we do now? We had no place to go. Most of our money was spent on the rental. What a challenge it was! Would we choose to complain and grumble? Yes, we had been taken advantage of, what would our attitude be? What was supposed to be a point of rest after a long road trip was now a big challenge. How we had imagined entering the house and dropping our bags down and do nothing but rest for the next few days. What had happened? The house was so filthy that once we pulled the covers off the beds, we realized that we could not sleep on the sheets! By now it is about 8 pm and the children are ready for bed. What now? Ok, quick, lets throw the sheets in the washer and we can wait while they dry, right? No, the latest discovery is that the dryer does not work. Wow! Talk about pressure! Decision was made and we headed to the nearest walmart and bought bedding including blankets. At least, we can put the children to bed and God would take care of tomorrow.

In such situations, we believe that if ‘you don’t have something good to say, just be quiet.’ So for us the grownups, there was very little speaking- only what was necessary. The children barely noticed the difficulty, there were new toys to play with, special food already provided and now new bedding- they were having a good time. But for us, what a trial it was to choose to rejoice in such situation.

By the time we had everyone in bed and cleaned out somethings out of the rooms, we were exhausted and headed to bed. We arose and made a decision to clean the whole house until it was livable- there goes our vacation! So with the children playing with Sarah, our nanny, Pitana and I began to tackle the kitchen. Dishes washed, windows cleaned and disfencted, dining table clean, counter, fridge, dishwasher, microwave etc, spotless. Yea, we were making great progress; there was hope until we headed for the stove… When we began to take the burners out to clean them, we realized how inside was rotting (built up dirty food drops- yack!). This was more than we could take. We were done. No laundry, no stove, it’s time to have a very serious talk with the Provider.

All night prayer, fasting and more prayers…. and God showed up BIG!!!!

To be continued…

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Provision

Above and beyond!

It has taken us some time to find a place to live in here, Ottawa, for the time God has us here. Looking for a furnished place on a month to month basis proved not easy. But He who called us here knew that, yet He sent us here. Surely, He had a plan. We rejoice to tell you that we finally got a furnished 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, apartment on a month to month basis. Hallelujah! When we shared this at the church where we are serving, they said ‘impossible, there are no month to month rentals here.” We serve a God who knows no impossibility! Though we were thankful and relived to have a place, there were some things we desired to see changed. We prayed and had a friend pray with us too. Minutes later the landlord arrived for the appointment we had with him. We let him know that the kitchen was not cleaned well and most of the pots were so burnt we could not use them.  The kitchen was also very small- few cupboards and very little counter space (a dish rack on one side and a crock pot on the other side leaves no free counter space). He has another apartment above us, so we were asking if we could move up. Being with children, he preferred us down lest we make noise for those below us. So, he looked at us and said, “we’ll put in more cupboards and a new counter that would run from wall to wall! It will be a one day job.” He also said that he would send the cleaning lady again to clean and that I should give her a list of any items I want and that she would go and buy them. We were just asking for other pots but here we were being told that anything we wanted in that kitchen, just to write it down and it would be bought! In our travels, we’ve noticed that such furnished temporary places will usually have 2 or 3 pots, a few plates, cups etc… mostly suitable for no more than 4 people and we would just try to manage. Not easy for our family of 7. But here, we were being told, we could set up the kitchen to serve our family. Isn’t God so good! The lady came and cleaned. I then gave her the list and she left to go buy them right away. She returned shortly with all new kitchen necessities including big pots- Yea- no more cooking rice in 2 small pots just to feed our family!

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She then gave me her cell number just in case there are items I forgot to ask her to buy. I was having a hard time adding items to the list knowing that they were buying the extra items just for us. But the Holy Spirit kept reminding me that He had provided and that I needed to receive. So I sent a text to the lady with the items I had hesitated to tell her. This morning, she showed up early with those items.

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Provision

Computers provided!

For awhile we had one computer, given to us in 2008 as a gift. It is the one we traveled countries and continents with. But it was giving up and hanging by a string. Last summer, we asked God for another computer. We had looked at a refurbished computer that would cost $225. We agreed that God would provide that money. Very shortly after, someone we had ministered to handed us an envelope with $250. After we paid out tithe on it, we had exactly the $225 we needed. Praise God, with got the computer!

It was our personal, ministry and homeschooling computer. Everyone had to be patient. We had to coordinate our schooling; Pitana’s study and ministry work and never mind any personal emails etc. But we were thankful and learned to schedule time for computer usage. Then, it was dropped once when one of our children was going to use to use it for school. But after some prayers, it worked well again! Hallelujah!

Then a few weeks ago, a little bit of water fell on the computer. It would not work well again. We were going to visit friends and one of them works with computers. The Lord said, ‘take the computer to him to look at’ so we obeyed. After looking at it, he told us that it could not be revived although he had good news, we had not lost any of our files! We told him that it had to work because it was the only one we had for personal, ministry and homeschooling usage. On top of that one of our sons had government tests to do online the next few days! Our friend was surprised to find out that we only had one laptop. He said, ‘you at least need 2 computers :one for ministry and the other for schooling.’ We told him that we agreed but that is what we had at the moment.

The computer did not work well again. We drove home from our visit, only to arrive and receive a phone call from our friends letting us know that they had ordered us 2 new laptops! God is so good. To Him be all the glory! The laptops arrived in 2 days and our son was able to use it for his tests. Hallelujah!

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