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Chris Fabry
Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Monday, January 19, 2009
Sometimes things make sense and you feel like God is really in control. Other times he is, but you don't feel that way. Sunday, 1/18, I knew he was looking out for us and others.

At church, I saw a friend who asked how things were going and wanted to know what she could do to help. I told her there was a lot of furniture in our home that we needed to give away, and then I needed to clean the rental house, have the carpets cleaned, etc. She said, "I have a couple of ladies who will come over, clean out your refrigerator, etc. You just tell us when to be there."

That was very nice of them and I felt excited that we had the ball moving. But I was still worried about the furniture. I don't want to store it and leave a trail behind us. The only things we really need are our mattresses and a desk or two for the computer stuff. So after church, Ryan and I brought up end tables and the foosball table we were given. People let us have couches and chairs and soon our rental home was fully furnished.

While I watched the Arizona/Philadelphia game (Yay Cardinals!), Ryan went to a friend's house for dinner. I kept going through the inventory of the house, wondering if Goodwill would take it all, again overwhelmed at the thought of people coming by and taking one table or a few chairs, and having to schedule when I could be here to help them.

Ryan called. "Dad, you know how I told you this family is moving into a house in February? Well, I think they need some furniture."

I talked with the mom and they came over to look at it. This family moved to Colorado from the east coast to work with Youth With A Mission. They basically left all their worldly goods back there and exist on the meager support of their church and friends. They are renting a townhouse now, with very little furniture, and they've been content.

A few weeks ago a couple approached them and asked if they wanted to buy their house. That couple is moving to South Carolina. The family looked at the house and immediately knew there was no way. They couldn't afford the monthly payment.

"Think about it," the owner said.

What was to think about? They couldn't afford it.

The owner came back to them later and said, "What if you paid exactly what you pay now for your rent on the townhouse?"

"How can you do that?"

"We know you are the ones who need to be in that house," the owner said.

So they agreed. However, walking down this new road brings another question. How can they furnish a big house? They decided to cross that bridge when they came to February.

In walked Ryan and our need to get rid of stuff. The couple came to the house, looked at the couches, chairs, table/chairs, coffee tables, lamps, foosball table, and I could see their eyes just widen. This is not beat-up stuff, this is gently used furniture. A lot of it.

"You can have as much or as little as you want," I said.

"We'll take it all," he said.

"Are you sure you don't want anything for it?" she said.

I smiled. It wasn't mine to sell, really. And I wouldn't have charged them a nickel if I could.

"It even matches the color of the house!" she said.

So in a few days, when we work out the moving, all of this stuff that's a weight to me right now will be in the home that God wanted someone else to be in who didn't have anything. It's just like him to see the big picture.

2 comments:

FreeCellPenguin said...

You really like making me cry, don't you?

Wow, what a story! Ryan deserves an attaboy for seeing the need and making the connection.

Hang in there, the end of January is only 11 days away! Perhaps Bethany could make you a calendar like she's made for herself. She charted out all the days until March when her sisters come home from college, and put an "assignment" on each day, things like:
Play in basement
Make dessert
Put on a concert for Mom & Dad
Play Uno Attack

On second thought, you'll probably be so busy for the next week and a half, you wouldn't have time for any of that stuff!

Elaine

Steph and Mitch T said...

Chris, I just love reading what God is doing in your lives. Thanks for sharing!!