“I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more.” (1 Chronicles 17:9)

I came across this quotation while reading the Bible on the third leg of the Grant Yonkman Adventure Team return journey from interviews in New England to our current home in Indiana. It had been a long, jam-packed weekend. The entire family flew to Hartford, CT. Then we drove to Longmeadow, MA, where Nicole’s brother and his family live. This served as our home base. We are very grateful for our supportive family.

To make a long story short, we got lost several times on our way to the airport to catch our return flight. (This was my fault and not because of faulty directions.) We made it just in time. We had just thirty minutes to catch our connecting flight in D.C., but the gate had been changed at the last minute, so we ended up going to the wrong gate and then racing back to the correct gate where the airplane was being held up so we could get on. Nightmare. But we made it back safe and sound, and we had a weekend of wonderful conversations with wonderful people. For that we are grateful.

We began our search for a new call in July. Since September–with school starting and people returning from vacations–things have really heated up. In the last six weeks we have traveled to Georgia, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Connecticut for interviews plus dozens of phone interviews with opportunities all across the U.S. We are grateful for all of the opportunities God has opened for us to explore. In the meantime–miraculously, given the housing market–we have an offer on our house and, if all goes well, will close in ten days! Just as in everything the Grant Yonkman Adventure Team does, we have thrown our whole lives into this process.

Which brings me back to the Bible quotation. Like the people of Israel–like all people, perhaps–we are searching for that “appointed place” where we can be “planted,” where our lives can grow, find success, flourish, and benefit others. It takes a lot of faith. We welcome your prayers.

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