~ Escape from the Cities Testimonies ~
Blog of a young couple who just moved off-grid.
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Email sent April 11, 2011
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My location is a blessing from God.
I've been living in East Stroudsburg Pa. since July of 2010. I lived in New York City mostly all my life. When I read the SOP and she said we should be living in the country, I had to pray.
My husband is an architect and he was the sole provider for many years. He became unemployed in 2008 and God and I have been taking care of my family of eight. By the time I learned about country living there was no money to spare and at times no money for food.
However, once we decided to believe that God would get us out of the city, I received $5,000 to move, and He found us a house in 1 week!
The lord provided us with a huge house for the kids, and they play with deer that walk right past the window while we eat breakfast. What a blessing!
It even had freshly planted fruit trees and some lot of vegetables growing in the yard.
Praise God I'm so thankful. I still want to move further out into the mountains though. For right now, from where I am I can get to work in 90 minutes.
Sent April 12, 2011
Brother Patrick, You are not going to believe this one. My husband was just offered a job at our church school!
The principal/teacher is leaving and they are looking for a man to teach the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. 1) because the boys are little rowdy, and 2) they need someone good in math.
I'm in shock! I didn't see this one coming. He volunteers on Fridays to teach art class, but we never thought in our wildest dreams that they would ask him to teach!
What a mighty God we serve!
Too many blessings have happened since we've stumbled onto this "present truth" message and believed. We got out of our cramped New York home into a beautiful country house. My kids go to a small Adventist school instead of public school, and my husband is about to get a job as an Adventist teacher!
We got baptized as a family. We're vegetarian and eating healthy. We made new "present truth" friends!
All this with no money! Praise the Lord!
I'm going to study, Bye!
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Submitted in 2016
I would like to share my testimony on how we got our Country Home. It is indeed a miracle from our loving Father:
I grew up in the country (a 10 acre hobby farm) and then in my adult years moved to the city. My husband and I decided around 4 years ago that we had to take heed of Sister's White's warning message to get out of the cities. We had a general knowledge of how far we wanted to live out (considering we work in the city) and what area. We got our pre-approval - all was set. Our Church then asked us if we could "host" a speaker that we were bringing in the from the U.S. and we gladly agreed. He was to stay with us for 5 weeks. Unfortunately, during this time I got laid off - what was going to happen now? By rights, the bank was likely NOT going to give us a mortgage with me being unemployed.
My husband encouraged me saying we should still pursue our house hunt, so after our visitor was gone we started. The real estate market was very hot at the time and twice we made offers on homes we thought would suit us only to end up in a bidding war where we lost the opportunity:( Despite having a real estate agent helping us, I knew I had to be aggressive by looking online for any new properties that opened up (I utilized the MLS - multiple listing services portal). One came up as a new listing (only 2 days old). I called our agent and we viewed it that same evening. It seemed to tick off almost every box of what we wanted! The land was reasonably flat with no swamp, large trees for privacy and protection from wind, rain and snow, a fireplace, our own well & septic, enough kitchen space, a large enough space for our bible study group and the list went on! There were even extras like a big quonest/work shed (40 foot x 30 foot) and another 5 outbuildings (small sheds), established apple, raspberry and saskatoon trees and a piano for our Sabbath evening bible study group! Some of the spaces in the house seemed like it was custom-made as it perfectly fit my belongings - it was like this house was waiting for us!
We made the offer, they countered and we accepted. We had a home but did we have financing? During the pre-approval process I brought the pertinent financial info required including my last year's tax assessment notice but for some reason I could not find hubby's. Apprehensively, we made our bank appointment with the lady who pre-approved us and we presented our offer & acceptance papers. I dreaded hearing those words..."can we see your latest pay stub?" What would I say to her? She looked at the offer/acceptance and then she said, "Kathy, I have your notice of assessment from last year but not your husband's....could I get your husband's latest pay stub?" Hubby and I could not believe our ears - we handed it to her happily. She then said, "I think we have everything. I will send this in and let you know later today whether you have final approval."
The hours slowly ticked on...she phoned around suppertime. The words, "congratulations, you are approved" sang in my ear and my heart jumped for joy! My husband and I directly got on our knees and thanked the Lord for answered prayer. God was the one who shielded the bank officer from asking me for MY recent pay stub, He was the one who closed the door on the other 2 offers and opened the 1 we now have. God and God alone performed this miracle!
It is now 2 years since we moved to our acreage home and we give God glory and thanks everyday. It has been hard work preparing the land for suitable veggie growing and we now have 2 greenhouses (30 ft x 15 ft) and 3 very large garden plots for our organic veggies. Next year perhaps some honey bees. Our home is God's and it is dedicated to His work which must be finished. We are the humble stewards.
My prayer is that this witness will encourage those who want to move to the country, to please do it before it is too late. Step out in faith and God will take care of the rest. Praise God's holy name forever and ever.
Nov. 19, 2016
Cynthia Dandridge Johnson My husband still worked in DC when we were looking for a country home. We wanted to be an hour from DC so he could commute to DC to work. It didn't work out that way. God led us to a place 3 hrs from the city. We trusted in God and made the move. We had no idea how he would get to work or where he would stay. The church we decided to go to our first Sabbath in the country was a blessing. We met a family who told us about a man who had a room for rent, and my husband had a place to stay when he had to go to go back to work that Monday morning. Then 5 months later, he was able to move home because he found work closer to home. You never know what God has in store. You will have your faith tested in so many ways on this country living journey. God has it all worked out, we have to give Him a chance by trusting in Him.
Donna Lawrence McDonald Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing these beautiful stories, Patrick.
I've moved from crowded suburbia to the country twice. Each move involved a long search; the 2nd property took 2 years to find!
The 2nd property was found 10 years ago; we found 1 acre of land 30 minutes from my job at an SDA Christian school in the suburbs, surrounded by forest [no visible neighbors]. After we stepped out in faith, determined to obey the counsel, God soon blessed my husband with a job in which he works from home for a company in New York. We built a home, planted fruit trees, created raised beds, cut down trees, built a greenhouse and quail coop. Lots of physical labor has been needed, which is invigorating and brings us into close contact with nature. As a family, we really enjoy the peace and beauty. God gives us wisdom as we work, and others have been encouraged to do the same.
I aspire to buy a larger acreage and build several smaller homes for family members / loved ones who also long to be in the country. Our story is not dramatically miraculous [or very interesting!], :) however, our experiences [successes and failures] are described here and there in either this group or other country living groups.
My advice: Trust (God), Work/Save ($), Prequalify for a Loan / Rent (if you can't save all the money), Seek (real estate).
Another note: while moving can be expensive, country properties [sales & rentals] are often more affordable than city properties.
"Seek and ye shall find."
Trust God to help you seek and find a suitable country home.
His biddings are His enablings!