Homer, Wanda, Ida, and Fanny are a new breed of adventurers, willing to throw caution to the wind and follow God wholeheartedly. This family of 4 with their dog and bird in tow faced down the wilderness to pursue Jesus.
Bored with the mundane, they left their lives of extreme outdoor camping and audacious adventures seeking new challenges. Their thirst for the thrill of following God in faith drove ever onward. Soon they entered the high risk and financially demanding world of staying indoors, sleeping on real beds and eating regularly. A world that would require all their razor sharp skills to navigate.
Our intrepid band of pioneers have spent the past 2 years living in a small motel room. Their favorite pastimes of hide and seek and capture the flag replaced by standing up to the verbal assaults of drug-dealing pimps and former convicts. Adapting to the confined quarters, Wanda began leading an online prayer call for Canada while Homer has been dutifully preparing their online presence. Both have been judiciously crafting the story of their adventure, Wilderness—How to Marry Jesus in 10 Years or Less, into readable prose.
Sometimes the shock of an experience is so great that the only way to process it is to laugh. We had many such experiences in the little blue house we called home. None was as impactful as the one that hit us on a quiet January morning in 2009. When my wife's hair lit on fire it was such a sudden disaster I had little time to think, only react. Thankfully, we dealt with the issue rapidly. As a writer dealing with these intense scenes became a balance between the sheer terror facing us and the absurdity of what happened. The humor came after, and we have been chuckling ever since.
Wilderness - How to Marry Jesus in 10 Years or Less
Every morning Wanda would start her day spending time with God; igniting her passion for Him. The warmth of His Light drew her as she sought His face and listened to His voice through His Word. This particularly chilly January morning in early 2009 the Lord was to fan the flame of their relationship in a whole new way. As I slept soundly, Wanda bent over to reach for one of her favorite devotional books. Her hair came in contact with one of the many candles she used to light the room. Instantly Wanda’s hair became a mass of flames. The screams of my hot headed wife woke me in a flash. All I could see was fire. Without thinking I tackled Wanda with the blankets and the blaze was smothered immediately. I uncovered my wife and found, much to my relief, that she had a fine, healthy, glow. Wanda lost a great deal of hair and had a small burn on her ear but she was spared any greater damage. In a delayed reaction, the shock of what happened caught up with me minutes later. I sobbed like a baby. God had spared my wife from grievous harm and I was very thankful. Wanda was in shock as well as being scared. The conflagration could have been much worse but God had protected us. Thankfully this hairy experience left no physical scars but was immediately burned into our collective memory.