In Nov. 2015, a friend called us just before we left for Africa to talk about us renting his house as they needed to find a place directly between his job & his wife's (their home is 2 1/2 hours from his new job). We said we would pray about it & all we knew was that it was in Windsor in the Berkshires of western MA.
We got back from Africa on Jan. 21, 2016 & four days later we found out that we had to move from our current residence in eastern MA. We marveled that such news did not need to be a shock because obviously God knew about this, though we had no details about our friends offer.
We inquired about the offer and our friend apologetically explained that they had not found a place for his family yet, but out of concern for us (who now had a deadline to move by early MAY) he said that maybe we could stay at their B & B temporarily. We responded, "What B & B?"
While our friend was traveling to his new job, he saw a B & B for sale & for 6 months they had prayed about whether God wanted them to buy it. They finally let it go because they could not get anywhere near the asking price, & they continued to search for another home.
Later the realtor called to say that the B & B owners had lowered the asking price & though they still could not make an offer anywhere close, they thought, what have they got to lose? ... if they take our offer it could only be God confirming that He wants us to buy it. Though their offer was $50,000 less than the asking price, the owners took it & they closed on the property a week before Christmas, while we were in Africa.
Roger then asked him if he knew that we once ran a B & B in Canada and he was so surprised and amazed! On the property there are 6 rental spaces that are all rented out and the only piece of this property that they did not know what to do with was the 3 bedroom B & B with its parlors, dining room and kitchen & a 3 room apartment for those who ran it.
Soooo... we’ve started packing up & are bringing things little by little toward our move to Otis MA (Berkshire county, 2 hours west of Boston) to live at (starting the first of May) & run MAPLEWOOD B & B (Reopening soon, Lord willing) This also moves us 2 hours closer to Hannah & William Levi, founders of Operation Nehemiah, so we feasibly can pray and meet together regularly, which is huge!!
Rejoice with us!! Our God sees and knows and is way ahead of us. At times He demonstrates for all to see how very faithful HE IS!
Roger, Patty & Emma
See a few more pictures at http://www.maplewoodlodging.com/