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Verse of the Day
On the Go with Jesus
January 28, 2016, 8:06 AM

NO BACK-UP PLAN!

For those of you who are new to the blog you may be wondering why I decided to name it “No Back-up Plan”. It seemed right based on the number of times I was asked that very question over the last 30 days alone. It’s a question that has both bewilder and encouraged. Let me regress…

We left Germany in 2006, moved to Whitehouse Texas and began a wonderful season of life as “country folk”. Mark and I embraced all that that meant; we raised cows, goats, chickens, the occasional pig and a few turkey. We gardened and sold farm fresh eggs; I baked bread and canned everything you can imagine. In 2009 as God led we began witnessing to people that came to the house to buy eggs and bread. No one came or left without getting as much Jesus as they would stand still for. Soon people started to bring their children to see all the farm animals and their babies! It became a weekly and anticipated day of the week for people and wonderful for us! In 2011 a tornado of great magnitude hit Joplin Missouri and our church put out a call for anyone who wanted to go on a mission trip to help with the disaster relief project. God had placed a strong desire on my heart to go, He provided an 8 person team and we left. Since we had a full and functioning farm and now ministry Mark had to stay home to hold down the fort. We were gone 10 days and I returned with a new enthusiasm to serve God whenever and wherever I could. While I was gone on the mission trip God placed a new desire in the heart of my husband to “GO ye therefor”. This would open the doors to where we are today. As we continue to blog together I will elaborate on these stories but for now…here we were in 2015; I was teaching bible studies in Tyler and at the house, and an adult class Sunday school teacher. Mark was being the hands and feet of the Lord helping the elderly and disabled and most recently we were both youth Pastors at a local church. At every turn God blessed and grew us both in wisdom and compassion for the lost. As On the GO Mission grew we became more and more involved in our community and further and further from the mission that God had placed on Marks heart.

In August 2015 a shift began to take place; door after door was closed to everything that we were doing. Suffice it to say we were being redirected and the fingerprint of God was all over it. Some closed doors were easy, almost a relief but others were much, much harder and I was at a breaking point. One night I looked at Mark with tears rolling down my face and asked “what is going on”? He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said “we are not supposed to be here”. He was right and we immediately we began to pray and move back towards the mission Mark was given. We began preparing the house for sale; painting, making repairs, cleaning etc. It was now the beginning of December and not going near as fast as I felt it should be so I started asking God to send someone to buy the house at a fair price, as is, and let us get on with the mission. Mid-December God prompted Mark to make ready for sale the tractor and the truck. In obedience he stopped working on the house and focused on the vehicles. He put the tractor by the road with a “for sale” sign on it in the morning and it sold before lunch. A few days later he put the truck by the road with a “for sale” sign, on a Saturday morning, in the rain and it sold before lunch. A few days later I get a texted from a lady that knows a lady who wants to look at the house to buy it! We had not listed the house nor did we know the lady that wanted to look at it! Two days later she came, looked at the house, and made a fair offer…”as is”, we accepted, bought and moved into the RV…yesterday we closed on the house and have begun the process of buying the truck to pull the RV!

In every single moment and at every single turn God has moved us towards this very moment in time. He has done so in such a way that His hand has been clearly seen. God is the plan; He is the only plan. He has orchestrated everything and set our feet on a right path. We will continue  “Going Where God Leads” knowing that His plan requires No Back-up Plan!

 



Comments

03-23-2016 at 2:25 PM
Emily Power
Loved bumping into you on Sunday. So many exciting God things happening right now with On the Go Missions!! Awesome.....keeping you in my prayers!!
01-29-2016 at 1:43 PM
Elaine Shelton
I will miss you. May God be with you and bless you. Thanks Mark for all you did for me.
01-28-2016 at 5:11 PM
lois hearon
wish you both all the blessings God will send your way
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