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.
Some wonder why the homeless have pets. I have a simple answer: companionship. Being homeless means that society doesn't want you. This leads a person to become incredibly lonely. Having the unconditional love of an animal makes up, a little bit, for the nasty looks, harsh words and hatred that come at you just because you are homeless. Few understand this because they have never had to sleep on the street or fend for themselves in this way. Our puppy, Milo, would be just such a help to us and more. There was more than one time he saved our lives by frightening would be attackers or savage animals.
Wilderness - How to Marry Jesus in 10 Years or Less
July faded into August and we decided to get Fanny a puppy for her birthday. Although we had no money we had seen a sign on one of our bike trips advertising a free black lab puppy. We stopped by to inquire. It turns out this ‘puppy’ was a 7 month old full grown Labrador retriever. This animal had all the power of a locomotive, and the energy of a nuclear submarine. Combined with his hopeless willfulness this dog was a tornado waiting to strike. Of course we knew nothing of this at the time. All we knew was that Fanny loved animals and the puppy was in our price range. So late in August Milo the ‘puppy’ became the newest member of our menagerie. Fanny was overjoyed at her new pet. Milo, however, would prove to be a bigger handful than any of us expected.