During the past several weeks Nancy and I have been preparing for our upcoming trip to Africa, so we have not had much time to devote to our construction project. However, with the unseasonably warm weather this week it was fun to get outside and dream about what our landscape will look like. We are encouraged by a new friendship with a local landscaper-couple who is involved in missions and is part of the same church network that we are joining.
In fact, I believe Dean and Marchelle are an answer to prayer. During the past month or more, I had been inviting local landscapers to come look at our property and give me estimates for the work we need to do. Some of them are so busy that they did not even call me back. Others did come look, but decided that the project did not fit into their schedule. One company was willing to do everything we wanted, but their price was so high that I about fainted upon hearing it.
Discouraged, I went to the Lord in prayer. By God’s grace, the very day I prayed, I met Dean! I wonder why I don’t pray about everything? Maybe I should pray continually…
Anyway, Dean and Marchelle have helped us think through a landscape plan and Dean spent a day transforming our rock pile into a rock wall between our house and the street. It is difficult to see in the picture above, but there will be stairs through a gap in the wall that will lead from the driveway to a walkway to the front door.
Dean and Marchelle intend to be at the same international conference that Nancy and I are attending next week. After the conference they will return to Lancaster County and their landscaping projects, including hydro-seeding our lawn. We, on the other hand, will fly directly to Africa where we hope to water the seeds of God’s Kingdom there.