We purchased our plane tickets a couple weeks ago. That is always a monumental thing for me, because it means our thoughts and prayers have become a little more serious! You don't go and pay all that money just on a whim!
We hadn't found an apartment yet though. We found out that the apartment we had before, was not available during the time we have planned to go. As we were planning our previous trip to Italy two years ago, we were lead to just the right place for us. We just knew that it was where we were suppose to be... there is no explaining it, we just knew.
We've been watching Craigslist, of all places, to see what comes available. Yes, that can be a bit tricky. No one really knows what type of people you can run in to. Who can you trust, really?
You guessed it... I found an apartment on Craigslist. It was just perfect. It was cheaper than our last place. It was a little bit larger. All of the utilities were included in the price, AND it had wireless internet.
Trouble was... the lady did not want to rent it to us. We had children. There were six of us. Would there really be enough room? I wrote her back. I pleaded with her to please change her mind. Then, we prayed. We waited.
For several days.... no answer. Had she forgotten about us? Would she write back? Was the Lord telling us to move on?
She wrote back. She is the nicest lady. She is not even requiring a deposit, which means she is having to trust us, just as we have to trust her. She is being very helpful and it seems as if her whole attitude has changed toward us.
God had the perfect place for us. Just take a look at what we will see every day... the view from our living room window. http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/3299463.jpg
Please notice the church on the top of the hill. This is a great symbol of what Italy is like. The whole town is centered around this church. We long to tell these people that they can be free from the bondage of "religion" and that they can have true freedom in Christ alone. Would you pray with us? Would you ask the Lord to prepare the hearts of people we will come in contact with? He already knows who these people are. We want to be willing to be used for Him.
... These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off and were PERSUADED of them, and EMBRACED them, and CONFESSED that they were STRANGERS and PILGRIMS on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country... But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.