John and Bethany Arndt

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try try again.

March 27th, 2012 by | Leave a comment

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again. I always add, and again and again. We have pursued office space & a team base for Baby Safe probably a dozen different places over the last two years. Every time we are ready to move forward the door closes for a variety of reasons. Oral Roberts University even raised $7000 for us to build a wendy house (small cottage) but after pursuing a few different locations in which we wanted to put it, our team had already out grown such a small space (2010). So we started to pursue using the money to rent a space, while we take time to fund raising to purchase a property that will serve as a base and a safe house.

The most recent pursuit is that we have been focused on a prime location in Masi, a well known property in the center of the township. We have been patiently waiting since October to move into a space there. We long for a place to have our clients meet us in Masi, a place where new women can access our services, a place where we can install a baby safe, and gather as a team. Every month we have been told by the landlord that we can, but just not yet. Finally last month we were given a green light and we arranged a YWAM team to renovate the container, paint, etc and we asked for the keys and were told wait, once again.

Celebrate the delays, someone said, because with God there is always a reason why.

This past Friday the light turned totally red, and after 6 months of waiting, praying and planning the landlord without explanation has said the container is no longer available to us. Instead of bummerville, we actually felt relief and peace, especially since this scenario had been so drawn out and the relationship felt strained.

Today I made contact with a women who owns a concrete house in Masi. She had expressed openness to renting it to Baby Safe because she moved out to leave the community, as her marriage has fallen apart. As I went to discuss details with her today, she was actually moving back in the house. She has decided to move back in and the house is not available.

I am left scratching my head a bit, especially because every step has been bathed in prayer, and we have not moved ahead on any of these places without His guidance.  However, I do trust that God has something perfect and amazing for Baby Safe  – and that it has to be soon!

On a celebratory note – Baby Safe has moved into ” the yellow house” in Ocean View, our own admin assitant & family advocate Anita Tercero, from Washington state is actually living there. This house will be run collectively by Baby Safe, the Ocean View Trauma center (volunteer counselors with the police), and All Nations. So we now have a counseling room and reception area at our disposal. This is an answered prayer for our Ocean View team!

We wait, we trust, and we reposition ourselves to listen for His plans, not our own.

For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
   it speaks of the end
   and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
   itwill certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:20