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“It Just Happened” — Part II
In the last installment, we related the “wrong turn” the Priddys and Prudens took in Tampa on their way to Bradenton to look for property so Bible Basics could relocate in 1986. Are you ready for some more “coincidences?”
While the Prudens looked at houses, Eugene and Glenn looked for suitable commercial land for our new offices. Guess what. Commercial land is expensive! Everything was either far beyond the budget, in a run-down area, or swampy and unusable.
One day, it just happened that Eugene saw what appeared to be a mission agency on Tarpon Springs Road. He was curious how they got zoning permission for that use in that residential area. It just happened to be a church rather than a mission agency — a church that just happened to have two acres of land for sale only two miles up the road. In fact, it was two acres with three buildings we could use for offices. Incredibly, the church accepted our offer and the zoning board just happened to approve of our use for the property. Do you see the hand of God in this yet?
The Lord led the Prudens to a house that had been greatly reduced in price just before they had to return to their parenting responsibilities in New Jersey. Eugene’s wife Monna Dean and Glenn’s wife Eunice joined their husbands in the house hunting. They saw many houses that were either just the house they wanted but in the wrong place or the other way around. One day their agent called another agent to get a key and asked if they had any other houses. It just happened that they did and when Monna Dean saw it she said, “This is like the house we saw yesterday that I liked so much.” And this one was in a perfect location. The Lord made similar arrangements for Glenn and Eunice. “It just happened?” We think not. Clearly, God was at work in this relocation!