Soon after attending our GO Equipped! Course, Eli & Janie moved to Augsburg, Germany with their children to take an aerospace job. Along the way, they had lived in Germany and picked up some German and a heart for the people who have lost almost all knowledge of God and the gospel. I have enjoyed frequent contact by email and Skype.
Once they arrived, they began building relationships with colleagues and neighbors, including Russian immigrants. They warmly welcomed them into their home. Janie built relationship by joining a local band. God gave opportunity to care for people wrestling with personal problems and needs.
Then at the end of April 2014, Eli’s contract job ended. The company he was working for had to downsize. Eli’s contracting firm which had arranged his contract thought they could find another aerospace contract for him and kept paying him. But in December they gave up and terminated his employment.
Eli and Janie sought God about what to do. Good things were happening and they felt that God was not finished with their time in Germany yet. So Eli began job hunting more intensely. He had several good phone interviews and a couple of potential offers. But months passed without a concrete offer. After almost a year, as December approached and they were running out of funds, they had to consider alternate plans in case no offer came by year end. Their house rental lease was ending and soon after their visas would expire unless Eli had a new job and. Still, God had not released them, so they stayed.
Then at the last hour in December, Eli received four job offers! This created a new problem—which to choose. But one offer was directly with a company rather than through an engineering contract firm. This offered more stability, so they accepted it. And the timing worked perfectly to move from Augsburg to a small town near the northwest coast of Germany.
I am so encouraged by them. Under great pressure they kept on trusting God. And look what God did. He provided just in time and a better job. And they saw this because they trusted, endured, and waited.
Tentmakers face nail-biting struggles like this. But the costs are worth it for Christ’s sake and people’s. You might pray for them as they settle into a new home, a new community and new schools, etc. Already, they have some very positive contacts with local people and with a local church. They live there for the gospel. Building relationships, arousing spiritual interest, and finding people in whom God is working takes time and insight. Pray for these things as well as for everyday needs for life to work.