A moving experience!

Seven years ago my husband and I were contemplating retirement and a move from a busy, congested, noisy town. My husband’s health was not helped by the environment we lived in, but we had been happy bringing up our family and supporting a small local church. We prayed about the situation, asking God to guide us as to whether we should move (as my husband had been in and out of hospital regularly), and if so, where we should move to. Because house-moving was supposed to be one of the most stressful things in life, and stress needed to be avoided at all costs, we needed God’s help to make it possible.

We weighed up the reasons for a move and against a move and asked God to guide us, because He had promised in the Bible, 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.' Proverbs 3: 5 - 6 (NIV Bible).

We really feel that God did just that. My husband’s health improved for a while, giving us a window of opportunity to make a move; one of our daughters and her family had moved to Eastbourne a couple of years before, and visiting them we felt Eastbourne would be an ideal location; and being introduced to Victoria Baptist Church whilst on holiday proved an encouraging experience.

Trusting God, we put our house on the market (at a difficult time for house sales). Only four people came to view in over a month, but one returned to make an offer. We spent a week in Eastbourne, viewing several unsatisfactory houses and bungalows, but then at the very last moment we found a little terraced cottage which met all our requirements. Within a few months we had moved in. Everything wonderfully fell into place, and without stress, as our efficient removal company packed everything and moved everything with very little effort on our part, including my 90 year-old mother, who was coming with us.

We can truly say that we have never looked back since then. God has given us great contentment and happiness where we live, and the special bonus has been the warm fellowship we have experienced at Victoria Baptist Church. We have benefited from the practical, helpful ministry at the church services week-by-week, and the opportunity to continue serving God in a local church in whatever way we can. Having the Eastbourne District General Hospital so close to where we live, has also been so helpful when my husband has been unwell, and amazingly in answer to our prayers, his health has steadily improved since we moved, for which we thank God.

Avril Coombe

Youth and Children