God’s Vision, Our Faith
OCTOBER 2013 – OUR FIRST VISIT TO CARLSBAD, CA.
It had been at least ten years since Gary and I had our last get away. We were mentally, physically, emotionally exhausted. As the Lord would have it, in October 2013, the opportunity arose for us to take a much needed trip to Carlsbad, CA., a quaint little seaside town 45 minutes north of San Diego. After 10 days of regular walks on the beach, dolphin watching from our balcony, and gazing at gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, we returned home revitalized and with a renewed sense of purpose.
NOVEMBER 2013 – GOD’S VISION IS CAST
After returning home, we couldn’t stop talking about our retreat experience and how much it had renewed our spirits. As we continued to reflect on the trip and praise God for His provision, the Holy Spirit began to minister to me about giving Christian missionary couples an opportunity to experience what we had just experienced – restoration, rejuvenation, relaxation, and healing. This vision was quite a surprise to me, but I received it with joy and excitement. When I shared it with Gary, he was just as excited as I was and without hesitation pledged his full support. From that time until now God’s vision became my passion and my passion became my calling; a calling which we both believed God would manifest in His time and in His way.
APRIL 2014 – WE RETURN TO CARLSBAD
There is something very serene and captivating about Carlsbad. This new found place felt like home and had become a place we longed to visit again. On April 30, 2014, we were blessed to make a second trip to Carlsbad, lodging at the very same condo we had rented a few months earlier. This trip was different for us because we were more rested and energetic which led us to do a lot more exploring.
APRIL 2019 – GOD’S VISION IS MANIFESTED!
On April 30, 2019, exactly 5 years after our second trip to Carlsbad, we filed the Articles of Incorporation for A Gift from God, Inc. with the California Secretary of State and our charity was formed.
MARCH 2020 – FOCUS ON THE MISSION
A Gift from God, Inc. launched their website and began their first fundraising campaign to meet their 2020 budget which includes serving 6 missionary couples / 6 sabbaticals.