Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Only God....


About two years ago we found ourselves needing a run around car. We had a large van that the 7 of us and some luggage could fit into but it was not the best of fuel mileage. I spoke to our mechanic and asked him what car I should get. Andrew said to buy an old BMW diesel 4 door. They are reliable,parts are available and they run forever. A few weeks of bidding on Ebay and we bought a 1994 5 series sedan with a 2.5 liter diesel engine for right at $800. Yes, $800. BMW are not the status cars here they are in the states and the car was 15 years old with 145,000 miles. We drove the car for 14 months literally all over this island and only had to have the oil changed. When we left last December for furlough we were quite sad to have to sell the car as it was reliable, economical and fun to drive. We ended up selling it for $1,500 to a diesel mechanic. Fast forward 14 months....we are back in England and will be needing a car in a few months and so Kent in looking on Ebay one night and guess what he sees? You are correct, he sees the old BMW for sale on Ebay. To shorten the story, we ended up buying the car back for $700. Bought it for $800, sold it for $1,500, bought it back for $700. Do the math, the car is now free. But it gets better. During the time the mechanic had the car he repaired or replaced a number of items on the car. Well over $2,000 worth of parts were installed and who knows how many hours of labour.
So, we have our old car back way better than ever and all thanks to God and his provision.

Monday, 9 January 2012



We are writing from our new home. I am sitting at my desk looking out the window at the Anglican church in our little village. What makes it special is the belltower was constructed in the 15th century and the church still retains some of its medieval stained glass. Most medieval stained glass in England was destroyed during the Reformation as "images of God" were destroyed by the Protestants.

They say that moving is one of the most stressful events that transpires in a persons life. You would think that after 16 or 17 moves in our life we would be accustomed to it. We are blaming the struggles of the last 30 days on old age. With only 8 hours of sunlight a day, rain and hail, and most of our built in labor force having relocated to America it made for a long week of moving our things from the various storage locations to the house. You never really miss your sons who have left home until it is time to move the heavy stuff.
We are in and most of the boxes have been unpacked. The three week wait for internet has ended and we have stopped driving to our old place out of habit. After a year of being in limbo it is nice to be surrounded by our things again.

We have been blessed to have had a number of nice houses to live in during our tenure here in Cornwall. We pray we never grow ungrateful.

Our new address:

Taey Sekul
St. Neot, Liskeard
PL14 6NG