"We knew the cost was prohibitive," Osier's pastor, Gordon Allaby, acknowledges. The church council met to decide whether it would agree to this request or to consider a second ministry opportunity. An American war deserter and the needs of his family had come to the church's attention and the congregation also wanted to support him. Council voted to stick with the local opportunity."I felt shaky when I was signing," [Gaylord Mierau] admits. "It was a step of faith.""We weren't expecting anything to happen until the fall," says [Jake Buhler].