Back in mid-April, we knew we were in "transition," as some people working in ministry say. We also knew our future would be a sort of mobile or travelling ministry. Finally, only a week or two after this all started, God spoke to Mary and said, "Don't focus on the vehicle, just focus on the ministry (meaning what God's calling us to do)."
I wasn't too good at doing this because I researched RVs and bus conversions for the better part of three months to no avail. In about mid-May we were trying to learn how big families lived in RVs full-time. So, we started watching YouTube of course! It wasn't long until we found Trent and Siobhán. They had been travelling with their five boys for over two years full-time in an RV. They also made great videos and we started learning a lot from their weekly vlogs.
Shortly after attending "YouTube University," learning all the ways of full-time RVing, Trent and Siobhán announced they would be going to YWAM training in Hawaii for six months. They also said they'd be renting their RV out to a "family that is going to need their RV for six months." Mary got pretty excited about this and said, "You should email them!!" I was not excited because we had no idea when we would leave -- in fact, I thought it may very well be next year.
Regardless, Mary is pretty persuasive, so I reluctantly emailed them on their booking email (yes they are fine musicians/worshipers and you should go and listen to their music!) We didn't hear anything for a couple months and had long forgot about it. UNTIL... I was walking down the stairs at The Ember on August 8th, only about a week after we were hearing "GO", and there was an email from Trent. I did a double take and read it.
He apologized for not getting back to me earlier, but it seems I sent my email to an older address and the email fell through the cracks. They just happened to find it the week after we decided that the time to leave was coming soon. In fact, had they emailed us back in May we would've just said we had no idea when we're leaving... but we're interested--Which would not make for a very good rental contract. We also found out that they are flying out of Seattle September 25th, which lines up well with our leave date of September 30th.
That conversation over the last ten days has lead us to this--tentatively. Trent, Siobhán and their five boys will be coming to Grand Forks shortly after Labor Day! We're going to get to know them better all while they show us the ins and outs of driving and living in a 40 foot RV. We're so excited and we can't wait for them to come and stay with us!
While sharing this story with a few people as it was unfolding, one of our friends said, "DO YOU REALIZE that you guys have been praying for an RV all this time and now you have this family delivering an RV to your driveway?!" Then it hit me. God is so good! He goes way above and beyond what we can ask or think. He told us not to worry about the vehicle because He knew that was already taken care of. Not only would the RV be coming to us, it would be set up for a large family, it would help a family out while they're training to be missionaries and we'll have plenty of time to load it up with our stuff before we leave. God is good. God is good. God is good!!
If you want to check out the RV, I'll post the tour at the bottom. Lastly, we have been getting so blessed since we said yes to going. So much so, that we've started making a list of blessings out of the ordinary. We are believing that this is a new normal, but God is showing us that our job is to step out in faith and then He gives us provision. More on that next time!! Blessings to you all and thanks for following us on our adventure!
Hi! We're the Hoeckles.
We're a family of six living full-time in a skoolie (aka a school bus converted into an RV). We are inviting you to join us as we live life to its fullest and empower others to do the same. Welcome to the family!