Bob and Natalie’s Story:
We entered marriage knowing we were called to be WITNESSES FOR JESUS no matter where we lived. We have felt led to focus on Romans 12:1-2 as the theme verse for our lives together, and desire for our family to be a living sacrifice for the GLORY OF GOD.
UNDERGRAD/INTERNING WITH CRU:
During our time serving with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), God nurtured a LOVE FOR OTHER CULTURES within our hearts. We considered joining staff full-time with CRU, but God had other plans…
Natalie attended medical school and Bob had the opportunity to teach inner-city students in Kansas City, MO. During these four years, we had the opportunity to meet PHYSICIANS AND MENTORS WHO LIVE AMONG THE PEOPLE THEY SERVE in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States. Our PASSION GREW for this sort of ministry, and God continued to put the pieces of our life’s puzzle together.
God richly blessed our lives with the opportunity to complete Natalie’s training at In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, OK (a Christian program). We joined and trained under a sensational team that spurred us to consider our calling to DO MEDICINE, TEACHING, AND DAILY LIFE AS A MINISTRY for God’s glory. Bob assisted with ESL teaching during this era and made precious connections with the International students as he worked toward completing his Master’s in ESL.
STORM LAKE AND THE BRIDGE:
We were connected with Jay and Anne Dahlhauser during our interview day with the clinic in Storm Lake, and immediately LOVED THE VISION OF THE BRIDGE. God led us to join them and we began to search for a way to bring a NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER to the TULIP LANE apartment area.
We found a house for bid that needed to be moved from the hospital property…but we didn’t have anywhere to place it. We brainstormed and found an empty lot perfectly situated next to the apartment complex. After much PRAYER AND SEEKING, we were able to PURCHASE THE LOT. Unfortunately, the bidding on the house had already closed!
We moved into a rental home in Storm Lake August 2013 and found that the house for bid had not yet been moved. Through further investigation, we learned that the previous contract fell through and the house couldn’t be moved. WE DIDN’T BELIEVE IT! Jay and Bob went out and measured the streets and house together…and sought out a second opinion. A moving company told us that THIS COULD BE DONE! By God’s grace, the hospital re-opened the bid on the house after our request…and we were the WINNERS!
The house was moved on March 10 and the TULIP CENTER will open this summer! God has been the guide for each step of this process and we have seen that His timing and ways are perfect. We have seen HIS FAITHFULLNESS over the years, and it is a joy to look back at how HE HAS BEEN SHAPING OUR FUTURE from the beginning!