RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
"The Good News," December 2004,
In August, Norling Turkeys sold our farm to Gorans Bros., a local (most of the family belongs to our church) turkey operation. We trust their business will thrive more than "ours" did. The sale taught us that we take a lot for granted; you never know what the future holds. The Gorans want everyone to stay on, and Pete's new role is back in the barns again--with more discipleship opportunities than he's had for a few years. "All things work together for good..."
One Sunday in September, each member received $10, giving our family $10 to use and return with any profits. God taught us valuable lessons [isn't this like in the Bible, the parable told by Christ, about the master of an estate giving his workers each a talent or different amounts of talents to use and invest and grow so that when he returned he would find they had made profits for him and he would reward them for their diligence or sloth, whatever the case would be?--Ed.].
On Oct. 5, we had $90 worth of baked goods in the freezers waiting to be "sold" for freewill donations at the Norling Turkeys auction. We saw a lot of generosity at work that day; the Lord moved in mysterious ways to multiply "our" $90. Now if we could realize daily that all we have is His to be used and returned...
Also on the picture is the newest member of the family. Shadow, a "cross," came in May and is a friendly puppy! Michelle's her primary trainer, and Sarah the primary caregiver.
When you discern the threads of God's providence, let them be no confusion, God is not the God of happenstance, things happen, or are allowed, to fit his grand plan or Master Plan. Evolution depends upon happenstance--but the God and Creator of this universe is not an evolutionist, he leaves nothing to chance! He is in control, that is the reason, the universe is not a runaway train.
The tornado that took the roof off a turkey barn in Blomkest, Minnesota, where Pete Stadem lived with Kari and the family and he worked in the turkey barns--was that happenstance? No. For now we see that the barn was to be given at the minimal cost of $50 to him and the Stadems to use on the family farmstead of Plain View in South Dakota. Now it happened at the time that the sale intervened providentially, in which the turkey farm was sold and exchanged hands. The new owners were members of the same church as Pete and Kari's, and kept everyone on who had been working there under the previous owner. The operation had not been making enough profit, so had to be sold. Now it had a new owner, and the old, tornado-damaged barn was offered at the auction. No one else stepped up to drive the price up higher, and Pete got it for $50, though the Stadems were prepared to go as high as $1,000, as we know from Leroy Stadem's letters to Pearl.
all these details, the tornado, the loss of profitability, the sale of the farm, the new owners wanting everyone to stay on, the auction, the use of the $90 grant from church to the Stadems which they used to make baked goods for sale at the auction, then the dissembling of the old barn by the Leroy Stadem clan and the valuable timbers and tin transported to Plain View Farm at a minimum cost by a friend of Leroy Stadem's-- would you say all these circumstances and the whole diverse chain of them are just happenstances? I think not! It is easy to see God's hand in it now, but at the time the participants were going by faith, step by step! Thank God, they were all faithful to do each his or her part, even in the baking and the bake sale that increased the $90 church gift money significantly and showed the children how God's gift can be increased with thought and action!--Ed.].