We are excited for our upcoming trip to Bulgaria (June 12th to 30th). Bulgaria, here we come–again! While there we will be scouting out the land, as well as, hosting our FIRST couples retreat which we are really excited about.
Our theme for the retreat: The Most Excellent Way.
And now I will show you the most excellent way. —1 Corinthians 12:31b
We have a team traveling with us from Calvary Chapel Murrieta which includes our daughter–Jessica, son-in-law–Matt, and two grandsons (Levi age 3, Jesse age 1) since they too are praying about moving to Bulgaria, as well as, another couple Gilbert and Johnnie Ann Silva.
Which brings us to the news so many ask us about. Have we found the perfect place to buy yet?
Door Number 1, 2, or 3?
As many of you know we were praying about purchasing (1) The Little Castle; (2) land in a village near Gabrovo; or (3) an unknown location not yet revealed to us.
On our last trip (Oct.-Dec. 2013) we visited the Little Castle once again and decided that it is still way over priced and the work needed to make it usable is just too costly resulting in the finished cost about triple of what it’s actual finished value would be. We are called to be good stewards of what God has provided so we are taking this one off the list. As far as the land in Gabrovo the land shark bought up 8/9th of the pie in ownership before it went to auction, so we decided not to bid upon the property because if we bought it we would be rewarding the land shark. Something we could not do.
At this point, it looks like it is door number three. However we don’t know where that door is.
On our last trip to Bulgaria we saw a small one-star hotel, more like a tiny bed and breakfast. We liked it very much. It’s perfect except for three minor details. (1) It’s smaller than we wanted; (2) It’s in an area we weren’t originally looking in; (3) It’s too expensive. Other than that it is totally what we were hoping for and it’s ready to use—along with all the legal paperwork! (Which is huge in Bulgaria.) So we’ve booked it for four days and three nights (June 17th-20th) so that we can go to check out the land and take time to pray. However, we will hopefully look at a couple of other places while in Bulgaria as well.
So as you think of us can you please keep us in your prayers? We are tried of looking and being in limbo wondering where we are going to live—Bulgaria or the States.
- Godly wisdom about the purchase of property. (We will be staying at the little hotel June 17th-201h.) We only want God’s perfect will.
- Health for the whole team (Especially for Jessica who has had the flu since Sunday. She is still weak and hasn’t yet started to pack. Pray for the dizziness to go away and for no one else in the family or team to get sick.)
- Team unity.
- Safety for the boys since two of the places we will be staying have unfenced pools.
- The couples retreat (June 20th-22nd).
- Divine appointments.
- Travel mercies
- Anything the Lord puts on your heart for us.
Thanks for the prayers. We will keep you posted. God bless!