Wanda and I met at Bible school and were married soon after. After graduating we went into the pastorate only to discover that it wasn't for us. We moved to the city and settled down to raise our family and slowly began to prosper as God blessed us. After a time we were able to buy a house and I was able to start my own IT consulting firm. Even though we were outwardly successful there was a deep emptiness inside of us both. We both had a spiritual renewal in 1996 and our desire to know God and obey Him grew continually. As we followed God it became clear over time that He was calling us to greater levels of obedience and maturity. Finally in 2007 we sold our house and business so we could move east to start a new chapter of our lives.
What we thought would be a wonderful new life slowly unraveled as God began to show us that we would be journeying through poverty, destitution and finally homelessness. As scary as that was we could not abandon God or shipwreck our faith so we followed Him. Our journey of homeless wandering took us over 40 months and 82 moves over 3 provinces as God led us. We encountered many people and situations that were difficult and traumatic. Days of hunger, deprivation and suffering included sleeping under a tarp in the woods near winter, living with an alcoholic man in his broken down trailer and sleeping in snowbanks among many other traumatic events. The trials tested us to the core as God taught us about our own weaknesses as He faithfully led us. His presence never left us and He provided for us in many miraculous ways. Our book is a testament to His unfailing love and provision.
Today our faith is strong after having survived the deep fires of testing. Our commitment to God has been tested time and again as He wanted us to learn about His nature and the nature of man. This wilderness experience tested and broke our faith in humanity as it is designed to do. Our trust in ourselves and the strength of man is irrevocably broken as we saw the mighty hand of God deliver us time and again. We have seen the hand of God sustaining us and now we can trust no other.
Our story is a raw, challenging account of how we were brought through the wilderness by Jesus. To some it will be an inspirational encouragement to help them as they pursue Him. To others it will be an offense to their pride and self-sufficiency. Either way our story will face you to look at faith, homelessness and poverty in a whole new way.
on Sep. 16, 2017 :
I seldom read any literature except the Bible but saw this book on a Facebook post by a ministry I have supported, and the title intrigued me. I understand the feelings expressed by the writers, how the daily grind of the work day can wear on our faith and relationship with Christ because I have experienced it but then I surrendered my job and career to the Lord with fasting and prayer and asked HIM to Lead me to the job of HIS choice for me and He truly did that and blessed me tremendously there in ways I would have never thought possible, from the very beginning even getting my foot in the door was miraculous. I knew without a doubt the Lord put me there and has blessed me with rich spiritual blessings there that have taken my relationship with Him and others to a new level. I am not getting wealthy there financially although it pays the bills, but spiritual wealth has been amazing as far as His presence with me there, and all He has taught me there spiritually...The Christian friendships there, the testings there, the victories there, I could write a book on the wilderness of employment and God's daily provisions to stay on track spiritually on the job! Daily employment is a wilderness in itself! Dry days, "storms" of testing, seasons, people, if you think homelessness and wandering hungry is true faith for you I respect your autonomy to believe and serve the Lord in the way you feel He is calling but I am certain that God is not judging people for working, especially if their job is not an idol, that they truly see the Lord as their provider trusting Him to get them through each day. He can and does lead those who ask and believe Him to lead them to a job/career of His will, and trust Him to get them through the wilderness of employment every day and still keep faith and relationship with Him alive. No true believer escapes a wilderness experience on their way to possessing their promised land. God never promised that we wouldn't have to work and I understand the authors don't refuse work but they also seem to be fixed on an unbalanced belief that it can only draw you away from the Lord rather than closer to Him. Jesus presents God as an employer, an investor who gives us money to invest and make a profit, he uses analogies of farmers who work hard, shepherds. The proverbs wife works and sells her wares to merchants. I believe work is a part of life and God can certainly prosper us financially to make wise investments and not have to work long hours our entire life although if we do have to work I have experienced His perfect leading to a job that placed me in His direct will and blessed my relationship with Him and others tremendously. Bless God for God-fearing police and judges and politicians (if there are any!) We need true God-fearing, God-serving people in office and in the police force, as teachers, nurses, etc, The world would be a horrible place if only the wicked were employed and we We can't put God in a box and say He leads everyone in a cookie cutter manner such that everyone will know we are His because we are living by faith expressed by living as homeless and hungry wanderers. he said people would know we are His by our LOVE (not our faith) ..these 3 remain: faith, hope, and love and the GREATEST of these is LOVE. (Faith is important, imperative, but not as great as Love!) David was God's as a shepherd and God's as a king, and even as an adulterer who God sent Nathan to lead him to repentance. God can provide miraculously as He did for the widow at Zarepath, and he provided food from ravens for the prophet, but He also provided for Ruth through working in the fields, and even the early church was instructed to work and not be idle, and gave financial gifts to the apostles and the poor. I understand the feelings expressed in the book but I feel it presents a very unbalanced view of employment/God's sovereignty in our jobs/careers but again I respect the authors right to serve God as they feel led and admire their talents as authors, I can see the authors have not lost their sense of humor. I was captivated and found it hard to put down, finished the book in 3 days, but was hoping for a different finale. I have prayed for the Lord's perfect will for this family, whatever that may be.
(review of free book)
on Aug. 14, 2017 :
Homer and Wanda, a big thank you for sharing the incredible story of your family. This for me is God's answer at the exact time. I was so amazed by its timeliness that I stopped reading and checked the date of publication. Thank you for sharing your adventures, the pain and emotions included. Thank you for standing up for God and being a testimony of God's faithfulness. The conclusion is awesome. This is a must read for anyone who wants intimacy with God.
(review of free book)