SP True Stories: Crazy cool surprise for first-time home buyers

31 Oct

A few months ago, we became aware of a house that was for sale by owner in our neighborhood, on a cul-de-sac.  Our son John and wife Cheryl, have been looking for a house for several years, but had hit some ‘roadblocks’ to that desire.  John called the owner, an 83 year old widow, who was asking $95K for the house.  Upon our walk-through, to our surprise, the owner informed us that she had reduced the price to $87K.  It was getting more interesting all the time!  We realized we could do the necessary upgrades in this house for a reasonable amount of money and some elbow grease, making this a very attractive purchase for a first time home owner.

John and Cheryl didn’t have money to work with, but miraculously God orchestrated  a completely unexpected $20,700 gift to them that very day.  The contributors quickly agreed that gift should be used to pay off all student loans… and then asked if they could finance John and Cheryl for the full amount of the purchase (plus $5K to make immediate repairs) at an interest rate of 1 point below the prevailing market rates.

This sudden development all happened within 23 hours.  There are actually more crazy cool details, but the fact is; John, Cheryl and family now live in their ‘new’ home… just one block from our residence.



9 Responses to “SP True Stories: Crazy cool surprise for first-time home buyers”

  1. dawnlizjones October 31, 2016 at 6:23 PM #

    WOW! Just so cool!

    • Mark Hendrickson October 31, 2016 at 6:27 PM #

      You’re so right. He’s way too good to us… but then that’s just what He loves to do… so we’re getting over our preoccupation with ourselves and just letting Him do His happy stuff!!! 🙂

  2. Brian Spence November 1, 2016 at 1:16 AM #

    Wonderful! Praise the Lord!


  3. Jen Sullivan November 1, 2016 at 7:35 AM #

    Yea GOD! How great J&C and for your family. My hardest thing is being so far away from family and little grandies growing up not knowing us.

    • Mark Hendrickson November 1, 2016 at 9:10 AM #

      And you’re such a grand mama. We love having the grands around. Just wish they alL lived so close.

  4. Christine Cochran November 1, 2016 at 9:52 AM #

    Such an encouraging post!! Partly because of the fact that there are houses to buy at $87k!! Crazy!! The way the whole payment came!! Crazy!! And more RIGHT by you guys!! That IS crazy… love got ALL ya’ll!!! So so happy!! Thanks!!! Yippee!!

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Mark Hendrickson November 1, 2016 at 3:06 PM #

      A ‘crazy’ in-love God, loves to do His ‘crazy’ stuff. “Love looks like something”, you know. You and Roy are our heroes. We love the way you love so well… just like God! Can’t wait to see your faces again!

  5. David McDermott November 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM #

    Aah, God doing His usual thing! I bet there are a lot more crazy cool details! That is a real encouragement! Thank you for sharing it.

    • Mark Hendrickson November 6, 2016 at 9:03 AM #

      He just likes to show off His goodness. Yes, there are more details that would take a small book to write about. So much fun. I hope these kinds of testimonies impart faith for it to happen again… and again.

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