As the days roll ahead, so does the work of the Lord in building his church! As you are probably aware, the Sampsons WERE farmers, having quite a bit of equipment, livestock, and random knick-knacks like all farmers do. In fact, one of the greatest obstacles the Sampsons faced in moving to Colorado was the selling of their equipment, livestock, and knick-knacks. With money owed to the USDA, everything would need to be sold for an exact amount of money on an extremely tight timeline to be in good standing and free and clear with the USDA.
Through YOUR help in sharing our Facebook post regarding livestock sales - all the cattle were sold as frozen beef in a few days! One hurdle crossed in a matter of a few days! Next came the equipment – two tractors, a hay wagon, cattle trailer, implements, the side-by-side, and everything in-between. Since the decision to obey the calling of the Lord and GO, this has been a prayer of ours regularly, "Lord, send a buyer to relieve us of this equipment and debt."
On the morning of Friday, June 16, Buddy was eating breakfast with Rich Kemper when he received a phone call from a man named Steven Morgan from Flemingsburg. Mr. Morgan had heard about the equipment from his pastor, Larry Brown, who had pastored in Frankfort. Mr. Morgan was on his way to look at some equipment in Berea, but upon calling Buddy, changed his plans, stating, "I just feel like I'm supposed to come look at your stuff instead."
With that, Buddy left his breakfast and headed home. Mr. Morgan arrived and asked, "So why are you selling all this stuff?" Buddy shared with him about the Lord's call to establish Overland Church in Fort Collins. "We're from Fort Collins!" Mr. Morgan replied, after glancing at his wife. After the initial shock, it turned out that the Morgan's were Southern Baptists who had moved to Flemingsburg from Fort Collins after much prayer about where the Lord would have them!
Steven asked to look at the equipment. After glancing it over, he turned and asked Buddy, "How much for all of it?" Unprepared for the question, Buddy opened the calculator app, and after some quick calculations, gave Steven the price. Without hesitation, Steven replied, "Sounds good. We'll take all of it." Meanwhile, Stephanie, his wife, was on her phone, making contacts in the Christian community around Fort Collins!
Is there any question that the Lord wants to plant this church? Would he go as far as to make himself known in power by sovereignly sending a family from Fort Collins to buy all the equipment in one conversation?
"The LORD your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place." Deuteronomy 1:30-31
If the very gates of hell shall not stand against the building of Jesus's church, neither shall the lingering debts of our former worldly focus!
Next up- The House and Farm!
Grace and Peace,
Buddy and Brooke Sampson