Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares (Hebrews 13:1-2).
They were the most horrible RV neighbors imaginable.
To start with, they parked their truck in our car’s parking spot, directly behind our RV. Then, just days after their arrival, they squeezed a second large RV into a spot meant for one. Nights were a noisy nightmare with the men sitting at picnic tables drinking beers and loudly speaking in a language other than English. Their children stayed up late into the night, running around with little adult supervision and throwing ear-piercing temper tantrums.
In our hearts, we saw these strangers as our enemy.
To make matters worse, every time one of the children saw our dog they grabbed her curly tail and pulled, laughing at her struggle to get away.
Just when we thought we could take no more, God asked a question.
Has God ever used his heavenly megaphone to speak to your heart? God turned the volume to max when he spoke to us.
“Every person you meet, likeable or unlikeable, is someone I’ve placed in your life for a reason.”
Pete and I had never thought of our neighbors as coming from heaven…quite the opposite, actually.
But God opened our eyes and we knew that we had to find a way to share God’s love with them.
All it took was sharing an ice cream bar with their children.
The next day their mother brought us two delicious homemade muffins.
Within days, she opened up to us and as we listened to her story we learned that she was the only Christian in her group. Her husband had been living for the Lord, but since starting this job he had fallen away and no longer attended church. She felt trapped and alone in a strange place.
We were grateful that God had kept us from complaining about the inconvenience these neighbors had caused because if we had, it may have cost us the opportunity to pray with this precious woman. We prayed for her husband, the salvation of those she was traveling with, and and joyfully shared the story of the beads with her. We gave her walking sticks for each person in her group and she was anxious to share what each bead represented with her family. Thanks to a generous donation of Spanish language Bibles, we left each of our neighbors with their own Bible. We are so grateful for the time we had with this precious woman. Within a day of our last encounter, she and her son had returned to Texas for the start of the school year.
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person (Colossians 4:5-6).
We are thankful for each opportunity to share the salvation message this summer and for the many lessons God taught us.
Toward the end of the summer, Pete’s niece, who lives about two hours north of where we camp, contacted us asking if we could meet with her. We met at the resort where she lives and works.
We enjoyed time on the lake, and most important, she shared her heart. Pete’s niece knows Jesus as her Savior, but recent life events had taken a toll on her. What a great joy it was to share God’s word and love with her…and, of course, a walking stick with the beads to remind her of the salvation that is hers in Jesus Christ.
During our time up north, Pete’s brother-in-law became seriously ill. We visited and prayed with him and Pete’s sister. Please keep Phil and Diane in your prayers as Phil recovers. We were so blessed by this stone located on the hospital grounds.
By the time we had to head back south, we were different people than when we arrived. We’d seen God open doors that had always been barred shut when it came to talking about Jesus. We’d been at the center of God’s sense of humor when we led a Bible study in the game room at our campground, a place where every few minutes, the coin operated horse neighed in the loudest, most high pitched voice imaginable. We’d shared walking sticks with folks from all walks of life. God had grown our faith and…
He was about to grow it more.
We said nothing to anyone. We believed the Lord wanted us to keep our situation between God and us alone.
We didn’t have enough money to make it home.
It seemed like we worked and reworked the budget a million different ways. There’d be no stopping at camp grounds, eating out would be very limited, we’d make certain we wouldn’t have to buy diesel in Illinois where prices are unbelievably high.
The lowest we could bring the budget down to was $2000, which included $50 per day for propane. Among other things, propane fuels the air conditioning when the RV isn’t running. It had been a record breaking summer of heat and drought so we knew that no matter how many windows we opened, we couldn’t make the trip without air conditioning.
But for most of the trip we did exactly that.
God gave us cloudy, cool, rainy weather. Praise God, we had no need for air conditioning until we reached Georgia.
We kept a close eye on diesel prices that seemed to be going up with each passing day. We were traveling close to the Labor Day holiday so the average price was running over $3.50 per gallon. One day when we were down to less than a quarter tank we had no choice but to pull off the highway for fuel. When we did, we could not believe our eyes. The station at that very exit was charging $2.86 a gallon, an amazing savings since our tank holds 100 gallons!
Pete still weeps in gratitude when he looks back on the day that our fuel gauge read half a tank. A few minutes later, when he looked again the gauge was at 3/4 full!
By the time we pulled into our Florida campground, we had spent $1299, a miraculous $800 under budget.
Jesus, only Jesus, could bring us home so far under budget. We don’t have words to express how grateful we are for his provision. We are even more grateful for the opportunity God gave for our faith to grow.
It was just the fuel we needed for the upcoming season of ministry with The Fellowship of Christian Farmers.
Pete and I thank each of you who share our blog, support us with your prayers, and with your gifts. You are precious to us and we treasure your heart to see people come to Jesus.
In our last blog we asked you to pray for Bill Brown who has an aggressive cancer. Bill is our “boss” in the ministry, responsible for ministry in the eastern part of the country from New York to Florida. Bill has started treatment and so far everything is going better than anticipated. Praise God! Please continue to keep Bill and his wife Kathy in your prayers. In the mean time, Pete and I, along with others, will be traveling more. Please pray that all our needs will be met, according to his riches in glory. We know beyond doubt that Jesus is able.
Our October and November Schedule
October 4 leave for Edisto South Carolina for Flowertown Festival.
October 5-11 Flowertown Festival.
October 16 leave for Sunbelt Expo in Moultri, Georgia.
October 18-21 Sunbelt Expo.
October 22 Leave for Lake Wales, Florida Pioneer Days.
October 23-24 Pioneer Days.
November 6 Dragon Boat Festival in Lake Hernando, Florida.
November 20 Haven Holiday in Winter Haven, Florida.
We have many more upcoming events and will continue to update you. Please pray for our October and November schedule In this way:
- God will prepare us by giving us a passion for souls and love for each person we speak with. Pray that he will give us the right words.
- Pray that God will prepare the hearts of those we speak with so they will respond to the gospel, saying yes to Jesus.
- Pray for Bill’s healing. He is so passionate to share Jesus with folks so this time off the road is difficult.
- Pray for our vehicles to run smoothly and that God will provide all we need.
- Pray for our health and safety as we travel.
If you are close to any of the places we will be ministering, please stop by. We would love to see you.
Thank you for taking the time to read this long blog. We love you!
In His Grip,
Pete and Sandy Singer