He also spoke of how he had recently been fasting daily, doing prayer
walks, etc. Keith and I were very encouraged.
Rich came over the next day and for a few minutes we had another very edifying, Spirit-led
sharing time. In the midst of our sharing, satan threw us a curve that none of us recognized until afterwards, and
disrupted the whole spirit of our conversation, leaving it largely dead and lifeless. We attempted to continue, but
were blind to the problem at hand which had been used to disrupt us.
Just before the disruption, Rich had been sharing about how GOD had purposefully directed
him to watch a Rod Parsley broadcast during which Rod was discussing Gen38, and the word "Perez," which
means "breakthrough." This was especially significant to me in that only a few weeks prior the Lord had
brought me to the same chapter, and had likened Keith and I to Perez and Zerah.
One final noteworthy thing is that Rich mentioned once (and a second time a few weeks
later), that GOD had told him He has a new job for him, but that presently He is just putting people into position
until the appropriate time. I know for certain the Lord intends for Rich to work with Keith and I, though I
cannot be sure whether it is in computer work, Maxilube distribution (which is my hunch), or both.
I saw Rich today after taking a walk. He called to me from the back of a building, the back
side of which is across the alleyway from the back of my apartment.
I went to talk to him, and he told me he and his wife had been working on cleaning the
building out all day. He said GOD had provided it for them because He had told them in February He was going to
provide a building for them to start a Momence Youth Center.
He and his wife waited and prayed, and pursued the purchase of two downtown buildings
in faith, though neither deal came to fruition. The second deal was particularly interesting, in that Rich
told a local, well-known real-estate broker, who has been hired to close the sale of more than one empty
downtown Momence building, that GOD was going to provide him with a building. The deal almost went
through, but the owner, who is a very elderly lady, was too greedy for money. Rich said he would not
deal with greedy people, and refused to meet the price. (Incidentally, this same theme of greed losing
the sale of a key downtown building also played a part in the Momence downtown theatre not being sold.)
Rich saw the agent some time later, and he asked her if the building owner was
ready to make a deal. She replied that the price would still be the same. Rich told her in response that
he couldn't understand why the lady was so greedy, and that she could have just given it to him. After
all, he said, "this one" was given to him. He pointed her to the building next door, which a fellow
church-goer decided to give to Rich for a year without cost of rent. The lady was stunned and walked
Rich said GOD has given him ideas for seven different colors He wants in the
place, as well as some other ideas.