309 – Carrying a Vision – Part 2

309 – Carrying a Vision – Part 2

June, 2018

This is continued from the previous post, 308, an article I wrote about visions.

Dan had an idea (a vision) (in 1983) of a solar house he wanted to build. So, on property his dad had given him, he pursued that goal, while I was pregnant with our third son, and completed it about the time our 4th son was born.  

We had realized when we were in Japan that we were not as prepared as we had thought we were to live in a foreign country. We were not strong enough spiritually to battle the demonic forces. (Dan had been a Christian 2 years, I had been a Christian 5 years.) Through a movie about a missionary couple who lived in Papua New Guinea, Peace Child, God gave Dan the idea to get more training. We followed that vision and applied at several Bible Schools in America. Just when we needed a boost, God gave us a supportive and directive prophetic word from a friend. Our departure was delayed for two years while Dan helped our church family to fulfill their vision of building a new church.  We were finally emancipated and spent 2 ½ years in upstate New York at a missionary-preparing, missionary-sending school, Elim Bible Institute.

We never lost what we felt was our ‘calling’ to go to Japan. We were accepted into Elim Fellowship, a missionary-sending arm of the Bible School. AND I had a heavenly vision of babies while we were living in New York. The Lord seriously began to teach me how to carry a vision, how to work with Him to see it come to pass. It was a long six years before the vision was explained and then we went into action to bring it to pass. We had returned to Reno after 8 years away, we joined the foster care program and were foster parents for the next 12 years. We cared for 52 foster children: 5 elementary school age kids, many toddlers, and 26 newborns straight from the hospital. We also adopted our first foster child, who is now almost 25 years old.

During this time, we received the vision from God to homeschool our 5 sons, and later Dan received a vision to go back to school to get his masters degree as well as his marriage and family therapy license. He has worked as a therapist for 8 years.

We are currently seeking God for a new vision. Dan will be 70 in July, and I just turned 73. How can we serve you, Lord? We are in excellent health, we have been Christians for over 40 years. We have 9 ideas that we are considering. We need God’s nudge toward one of them OR we need another idea that He would drop on us!

In the meantime we have had many many God-inspired visions: Dan had a ministry teaching the churches about missions, for a few years Dan organized and ran a teen group that helped senior citizens in the morning by doing yard work, by running a vacation Bible school at a local motel in the afternoons. I mentored 3 teen girls for 3 years. We read purity books.

66- The Tale of the Insurance Company Miracle

66- The Tale of the Insurance Company Miracle

I found this God-story in a stack of letters I wrote to my parents:

Jan 22, 1982 I called the hospital this week to talk ‘money’ so I could know how to fill out the forms and so I could call our insurance man for advice about filling them out. The woman said to have a well baby (no complications) is $1,600 approximately—PREPAID. I told them that was impossible, and she began to tell me the credit terms, etc. I called John, our friend and insurance man. He was out of town and returned the call to Dan the next day, saying we had no maternity coverage!! (Mom, this is another story about God, by the way!) As he and Dan talked, Dan reminded him of their conversation—vivid in Dan’s mind because the coverage for my age group was only $1.60 a month (it is much higher for the younger ladies that they expect to have babies—foiled them!) John had NO recollection of the conversation at all! Our deductible is $1,000 anyway, so I was already in our minds as a major expense. But we were disappointed to say the least. But we had victory in that we both (Dan and I) praised God FOR the situation. We know God is sovereign, we are not irresponsible, we have given our lives to Him, and we KNOW He will never leaves us in the lurch. It was wonderful to have such a heartfelt inner response. So we committed the situation to Him and left it there. That night at the baby shower I was attending, I mentioned it, and a friend said: “Don’t worry. We didn’t have insurance when our baby was born and a man came to our door with a check for $1,000! Our baby didn’t even have a T-shirt, and God provided so many clothes and every item we needed, we ended up with 2 of almost everything!” Well, we LOVE stories like this, and the people we hang around with have tons of them. I told Dan that night. The next day the insurance man called. He had called the company the day before, told them the story, and they said they’d call back, and did call back. The company decided  that if we would pay the amount of the back premiums ($11.48), they would give us the coverage!!

The 35 year old letter about God’s amazing provision~

Our friend was floored. He said not one in 2,000 companies would do that. We thank God. He is sovereign. He takes care of His children. Praise Him! PS-I was ready to just call our neighbor who’s a retired OB/GYN and ask him to come up and deliver junior for us! We’ve paid off the gynecologist almost (one more check) and we will plunk away at the hospital bill.

53- Lemaire Mountain

53- Lemaire Mountain

In 1945, After Dan’s dad finished his military service in WWII, he returned to Reno and pursued his education on the GI bill, earning his Master’s degree in metallurgy.

He also purchased a several acres of land located north of the University of Nevada campus, and he and Beth built their house on the top of a prominent mountain. Over the years Darrell’s brother, his sister, his mother, his mother-in-law, and later his son, Aug, built houses on the land. And that’s where Dan wanted to build our home.This is a God story because even though Dan’s parents did not know Jesus, He knew them and I believe He led them to purchase this land.

Dan’s grandmother, Mumbo, fell and broke her hip a few months after we returned from Japan and went to live with her daughter Beth in Chicago for a year. The family agreed that we could move into her house, a stone’s throw away from the house Dan was building. One year and three months later, Mumbo’s return coincided with our move into the solar house.

It was more completed than this! but this shows the passive solar windows
This picture shows the tall passive solar south-facing windows, with Dan’s brother’s barn on the left. On the hill in the background, up on the top of the mountain, Dan’s dad’s house is barely visible.

From a letter to my mom & dad: The house is really becoming an exciting project! I’m so proud of Dan’s design. Every view of it has interesting lines and angles. It would be nice to settle down there, but we’ll see. We walk by faith and that part of the plan has not been revealed to us. I’ve been going over everyday now with the boys. I crochet and watch them while they dig and climb the dirt piles, throw cans, etc.

Spoiler: Thirty-eight years later it isn’t the solar house we live in, but it is Mumbo’s house on the other side of the mountain.

Over the years Dan’s dad sold the remainder of the land, and the sheep herder he bought it from sold the rest of the large parcel of grazing land. Although the neighborhood is full, it still has the feel of being set apart from the city. It’s a great place to be.

During this season we took the boys to Tahoe for a weekend, staying in a motel and playing on the beach. We also drove 525 miles to my parents’ for a summer visit. We enjoyed my sisters and their families, spent time at the beach and barbecuing together at our family’s cabin in the woods. We went back again for Christmas, and my mom and dad made the trek to Reno at least once that year.

Backyard pool!
Fun in their backyard pool!

My journal shows that I was praying for friends for the boys and within a week our good friends Danny and Lynn asked if I could watch their kids on a regular basis. Our kids loved their kids, Summer and Zachary, so it was fun for all. After a few months I experienced a pregnancy symptom glitch and the doctor insisted I be on complete bed rest until it subsided! Bummer.

Dan had taken a loan to build the house, so he quit his job with Dale and paid himself from that account and spent long days with hammer and saw. This new health issue required that I stop babysitting, and that he take the boys with him to the construction site at least part of each day.

The Prince & his Princess
The Prince & his Princess

It was during this time that Charles and Diana were married. Dan moved our small TV (black & white) into the bedroom so I could watch the historic event. I was enthralled with the pomp and glamour of their fairy tale wedding. In many photos they appear to be gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes, but perhaps this one is more indicative of what lay ahead for them.