It was a balmy 12 degrees in early December and Sam was out duck/goose hunting. Do you know about the "secret spot?" Like when you find the "secret spot" for fishing and hunting, it's oh so sacred. If you are invited to someone's "secret spot," you don't even have to know that rules - you just don't tell another single soul about it - Sam is FAMOUS for his "secret spots!" Seriously, you could get there and see 50 other people, but you don't tell anyone about the "secret spot!" Got it?
So back to the balmy day - Sam invited a friend to his "secret spot" and horror above all horrors, that friend BROUGHT a friend! What?! Needless to say, Sam wasn't all that happy of a camper! But the waterfowl hunting slowed down a little and his ADHD self saw a pheasant across the way and went to hunt it. The unwelcome "friend" came along for the walk. They started talking. The friend asked what was going on in Sam's life...
So Sam told him all about Circle C.
He told him about the past ministry there. He told him how the Lord brought us there. He told him about our dreams. He told him about how our dreams lined up with Trish's dreams. He told him about our dilemma with the land. He shared what was going on his life.
You know what Troy said? "That's interesting. Did you know that I buy land for investment? I'd like to a take a look sometime."
Gulp! It wasn't a done deal, but real quick Sam saw how God works through our disappointments on a much bigger level.
Troy and his wife came out to Circle C Ranch with Sam and really got a vision of the future ministry there. He is interested in having ministry going on around this city as well. His own vision was to add a high ropes and low ropes course on the property.
He has such a heart for God's work, guess what? He bought the land. HE BOUGHT THE LAND. 300 acres. He paid top dollar. He immediately donated 40 acres right back to the ministry. And then he said, you need more land than that to carry out God's vision here, so as I can, I will continue donating land back to the ministry. And then he joined the board at Circle C so that he could establish those ropes courses....
Who does that?
God. God does that.
Next step... Trish found somewhere to live. She moved and now it was time to sell our house.