Anybody who has met Jim knows that his laugh is one of the most delightful things about him. It's contagious! It's loud! And it comes from his very depths! It is actually one of the things that drew me to him in the first place.
Well, today his laugh paid off BIG TIME!!!!! I told you about the beautiful apartment in the little village I had to give up? Then, yesterday, I posted this on facebook:
"Everyone, please pray. We just looked at an apartment that would work
perfectly for our ministry here. The layout, price and location are
perfect. We called the landlord and he is sendIng us the paperwork.
There are about 20 other families interested in it. Pray the owner would
choose us! Most of all, God's will be done."
Well, WE GOT THE APARTMENT!!!!!! Jim had asked the owner, Herr Swartzenberger, on Saturday how he would choose who would to live in the apartment. Herr Swartzenberger replied, "It is a feeling in my stomach!" Today when he called, Jim asked him why he chose us and he said, "You are so funny!" Now if you know anything at all about Germans, they are not usually known for their frivolity so, to tell you the truth, I don't think a one of them had a chance against Jim's laugh if Herr Swartzenberger was looking for someone who was funny!!!!
Today, before we heard from Herr Swartzenberger, we were watching someone in the building we are staying in move out. It was quite amazing! They had this little elevator thing that went up and down from the 4th floor window to the back courtyard! It was so cool I told Jim, "I hope we get to do that soon"!
And now we will be able to!!! We will be moving into our new place on February 1 and staying in the apartment just below the one in the picture until then. That is another answer to prayer. The family we are staying with right now owns this whole building and the 3rd floor apartment is available until...yes, you guessed it...February 1, so they had said we could use it if needed until that time.
God is so incredibly creative in His care for us! He uses people, little elevators and even my husband's laugh to take care of us!