In January this year we received a 12 months’ vacation notice from our Landlord (Dubai Festival City) informing us that they are planning to sell off the property. We were given the 1st right of refusal to purchase the house, we did our calculation and decided not to pursue this opportunity.
I’d be lying if I told you that I did not worry; well worry is not the right word, that’s an understatement, because I panicked!!! I spent sleepless nights looking at property websites like Dubizzle and Gulf News to check on apartments and ongoing rates. My husband, on the other hand had a very different response, he was so calm and kept on assuring me that this is a good thing. But how can this be a good thing if we are getting kicked out of the best property in Dubai?!? We are centrally located in everything, we had the biggest 1 BR in the planet (this is not exaggerating, it’s 1,800 sq ft of floor space, it’s like a tennis court), it’s 2 mins away from my office, we have everything we need within the reach, very safe community, lots of activities for the kids like play area, swimming pool, small park to run around and use the bike, plus we are paying a very reasonable rent, blah blah blah… I’m not planning to move anywhere else and with the Dubai rent going real high because of the EXPO2020 who can afford a 3BR apartment with the kind of lifestyle we are enjoying?
I worried a lot (not for my own but) for the kids. I want to provide them a good locality where they can enjoy growing up at, providing them with the best of what is within our means. And this is where it hit me, if I’m willing to do this for my kids, how much more my Heavenly Dad’s willingness to provide for me? It is his heart to bless me, to make sure I’m well taken care of and that I’m blessed beyond my needs. We have seen Him move for us in the past 5 years of marriage. So there’s no more room to doubt His capable hands.
Back in 2008 just 3 months before Peter & I got married we thought of getting our own apartment in preparation for marriage, the real estate market was at its best at that time and a 2BR apartment that we saw and was about to sign up for was going at AED 85,000 or USD 23,000. That’s in a community that we didn’t want to live but felt like we didn’t have any choice but to grab it and let it stay empty, otherwise the price will just go up. We prayed about it and spoke to Pete’s parent, there was no peace. So we decided to camp at Peter’s Parents house for a month or 2 after the wedding.
Our little heaven at that time, our close friends helped us transform this to have a homey feel
The market crashed Feb 2009 and the rent has massively declined, May that year we were able to move to our 1st ever apartment we called our own. 1 BR for AED 50,000 or USD 13,600, 950 sqft of space with full building amenities. We started inviting people home, blessed them with a lovely meal and peaceful ambiance. This home was able to host 20+ people from the Thursday W@P team.
Not so long after another apartment in the same building opened up for rent, 1 BR which is around 1,200 sqft for the same rent AED 50,000 or USD 13,600. Bigger apartment, bigger opportunity to bless people. We have held parties after parties in this place. Shower parties for both Gaby & Michu, birthdays, meetings, Christmas eve, etc
Finally in 2011 we had the chance to move closer to my work place, we were supposed to get an apartment with a smaller floor space but GOD has blessed us with yet again bigger and better one, 1 BR + study with a total area of 1,800 sqft, rent was a bit higher than what we were paying previously but with all the added bonus in the house, we signed the lease agreement! This home welcomed people from different walks of life, sheltered missionaries passing by, we never rented out party hall for our own events of 70+ people, we even allowed others to use our place for their parties. (Pictures to follow on another blog to show our current space).
So it is no wonder why my husband is so calm and so assured that this is a good thing. The confidence is that GOD will come through for us, He will provide again. As we have opened our home to people, in the past, we have been blessed to be a blessing to many, we are assured that HE will provide a bigger and better one for us to bless more and more, if ever we really need to move out. GOD will always take us to a place of increase and promotion.
We are so excited to see our future home and host you all again. So will you please pray and believe with us :-).