A recent email my mom sent to our friends and family :)
I think my heart will burst with gladness over how the Almighty God, our dear Heavenly Abba Father has been working in the lives of the Kautt family and of our friends.
So many are in transition...my sister, the M's, the J's, the R's, Mary Ann D. These folks, according to the flesh and the world, should be in despair. Yet when I talk with them, they are peaceful, resting in the Lord's provision. Mary Ann (a single mom) was out of work. The Lord recently provided a wonderful job for her. My sister thought she was going to be homeless...and what could we offer her?! A corner in the RV we have yet to acquire? But the Lord has provided for her, a home with our parents. Thank you, Lord!
And we this afternoon got word that the rebellious daughter of some dear friends has finally repented and wants us to gather with 2-3 other families to hear her repent. Hallelujah! The answer to many, many months of prayer! Praise you, Lord Jesus for your matchless mercy and grace!
As for the Lord's provision for the Kautts, well, just let me tell you about it!
When it was clear that David should resign as preacher of the Northwest congregation, which also meant moving out of the church parsonage, I prayed, "Lord, I don't want to tell you what to do, but it looks like now would be a good time for us to move to the acreage that we've dreamed about all these years. But You know it would take some kind of miracle, because we have very little saved back. Not my will, but Yours be done." (Joel was also praying the same thing.) I also was fully confident that the Lord would bless my dear husband for his obedience, faith, and courage. And that He would supply our every need according to His riches in Christ Jesus.
Sure enough, within a week after David resigned, an elderly gentleman who I had only talked with on the phone once - who had never met our family, after hearing about David's bravery, and on the strength of what mutual friends told him - offered to give us a small piece of property on which to build! David thought and prayed about it and has decided to accept the offer. We are jumping for joy! The place is near Highway 78, halfway between Farmersville and Blue Ridge.
Our parsonage move-out deadline is July 4th. That is also the end of David's severance pay. David has put in his application a few places (non-church related jobs), but it's too soon to hear back from any of them.
We've been offloading stuff, but still not enough! We need to hone down to the essentials, plus a few heirlooms. Mealtimes find us brainstorming about possibilities, and considering what are the absolute necessities. Today we discussed priorities. About the time we thought we had landed on the very first thing we needed to do next, someone would remember something else, and we'd have to back up a step. If anyone is interested in our list of first "next things," let me know. I'll send it, and you can join us in praying about those things.
Within a week of Mr. J's offer, the Lord "accidentally" put in our path an acquaintance who is an architect, interested in the same kind of building methods we have long dreamed of. And we know two electricians we can trust, and David's best friend is a roofer! I'm sure the Enemy will toss some obstacles in our path, but we know the Lord is with us, and we look forward to this new adventure. One thing we're very glad about is that we get to stay in the area so we can minister to the needs of David's mother, as well as stay in contact with all the people who are dear to us here.
So there it is, our update. Isn't it grand?! The Lord has been very generous to us! What's really neat about this is that Mr. J will be like a grandfather to our kiddos, and we can help him on his property with his orchard, and other stuff. Work, yes. But fun, too. As Joel would say, "In all labor there is profit."
Please pray for us...that we would operate in an orderly fashion, in a manner pleasing to the Father. That we would rest in Him, and not rush ahead. That we would accurately represent Christ with whomever we interact. That we would be able to dispose of things we don't need and transport the stuff we do need. For physical strength and provision. And that we will honor the Lord in all this, and bless others in the process. (Including permit grantors and inspectors, etc.). For a smooth path in our building process.
Each of you has been such an encouragement to us throughout this adventure. Thank you so much! And thank you for your prayers! They are so important. We look forward to interacting with you in the days ahead. May the Lord God Almighty grant you grace and peace through our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the family,