The Grant Yonkman Adventure Team is breaking camp. Somewhat miraculously–providentially, perhaps–we managed to sell our house in Fishers. We had gone through the gruelling process of staging the house, evacuating for showings, living without our “clutter” for four months. During that time the already tanking housing market got even worse when the credit crisis meant that potential buyers couldn’t get loans.

Siberians Breaking Camp

Siberians Breaking Camp


We had given up hope of selling our house; we were in the process of hiring a management company to rent it out; we had just gotten back from spending a weekend out of town doing interviews; laundry, dirty dishes, open suitcases were strewn about the house; Nicole and Fiona were at Indianapolis Children’s Choir rehearsal; Olivia was taking a bath when I heard a key turn in our front door deadbolt. I went to the door as it was opening, and in stepped a couple of women I had never seen before. It was a realtor with a potential buyer. Turns out the showing company had failed to communicate to us that a showing had been scheduled for that evening.

The thought did cross my mind to ask them to come back another time. I was not in any way ready for guests, much less unannounced strangers. But instead of turning them away, I welcomed the guests into our house, apologized for the mess, and showed them around a bit. After a quick tour of the house, I invited them to come back again with the promise that the house would be clean and ready for their visit. They were gracious enough, but with the housing market as competitive as it is these days, I never expected to see them again. To make a long story short: that unannounced guest became our buyer.

It may be a bit of a stretch, but the experience reminds me of the Scripture:

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)

So the Adventure Team is pulling up stakes, packing boxes, and preparing to move. If all goes according to plan, we will close on the house, celebrate our last Thanksgiving in Fishers, and move to Milbridge, ME by the end of the month. Milbridge, where Nicole has family, will be our home base while we finish our search for a new call. Our USPS address will be P.O. Box 535, Milbridge, ME 04658, but our emails and cell phones will stay the same.

And please continue to visit our blog for updates on our adventures.

Breaking Camp at Kabrit en route to Syria

Breaking Camp at Kabrit en route to Syria

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