Putting Our Hands to the Plow

Dear family and friends,

Spring is finally starting here in the south of France bringing longer days and warmer temperatures. Mitch came back after staying longer in California to help his parents with a few repairs on their house. Much appreciated there, he is now very appreciated here by his wife and by all the dear brothers and sisters in Nice.

We continue to help wherever we can at Calvary Chapel Nice and IBC(International Baptist Church) in St Paul and Nice.

 

Carnival Nice.

Carnival Nice. Huge opportunity for evangelism.

Doing puppets for kids at Easter

Doing puppets for kids at Easter

 

Christine has started to use puppets to tell the Bible story to the 3 to 6years old. Those puppets were also a nice surprise during the last Easter event organized by IBC. Occasionally, Christine teaches women’s Bible study with IBC and is helping with translation from English to French at IBC and French to English at Calvary Chapel.

 

 

 

 

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She is also translating a book from Rich Chaffin, “Faithful Service”.

Mitch is very much needed for his talents in fixing things that needs repairs and is an encouragement to those around him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place Massena, Nice. One of our regular fishing holes

Place Massena, Nice. One of our regular fishing holes

We are also involved in regular outreaches in the streets of Nice and in the villages around Nice. La Colle sur Loup has been the village chosen where we have visited almost every house! (To be continued). Now we can pray every time we pass next or through the village for all who, at least got a Gospel tract to be touched in depth by the Holy Spirit.

La Colle sur Loup

La Colle sur Loup

Many brothers and sisters in the States and in France are very encouraged by these outreaches. Christine sends regular reports of what happens during these very special times, about specific people and how we can all pray for them. If you do not receive these updates and you would be interested in receiving them, please let us know.

 

 

 

 

 

We are facing some financial surprises from the French government which is called local habitation taxes. There was no warning to this and our initial inquiry was that we are not in the French system and did not need to pay as we pay our regular taxes in the States. Our situation is not described in the categories of the French Tax Department and they consider us as people living in a secondary residence.

Anyway, after the initial shock, came the word of our Lord inviting us to trust Him, one more time. Our prayer is, “Thank you Lord for giving us another opportunity to trust in your provision.”

We know God is the Faithful One and will come through in ways which will truly glorify His Name.

Please do pray that we will do only what He wants us to do regarding this situation and for His provision. That none of that will shake us and prevent us to continue to serve with zeal our God and the people of this land.

 

Thank you for your interest and your love.

Mitch and Christine

Our prayer requests:

Please pray for our marriage as satan loves to destroy marriage.

Pray for the ministry that God has given to us to do evangelism to the best of our abilities.

Pray that we will be an encouragement and a witness in our lives, our marriage, and our ministry.

Pray that there will be Revival in the church and that evangelism will become a passion to many.

Pray for our provision spiritually and financially.

Coming Back to France – Retour en France

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Dear family and friends,

We are very grateful for our furlough spent in California, being reunited again with family members. Mitch’s mom and dad, his children and grandchildren and also aunts, uncles and cousins! We were able to spend the holidays with family and then head north to visit more friends and family. The kindness of everyone during our trip has been so refreshing. We have no words to express the encouragement your love and TLC represents to us!

 

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After our time in California, Mitch has remained behind to work on his mom and dads house that is in need of repairs, returning at the end of March while Christine goes back to Nice, and back to the streets and beach boardwalks in the south of France to hand out Gospel tracts. About 9 months ago, we went to scout out another location of Nice. very different from our usual area. More immigrants living there and not too many people in the streets. Lots of families residing in tall buildings. How do we reach all of them?

 

 

 

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In France it is legal to put tracts in the mailboxes so, hundreds and hundreds of mailboxes filled with the Gospel message! Christine was able to fill up about 1400 with the seed of Life! Though the front doors are locked for security, the Lord allowed at least one person every time to open the main entrance doors. Many of the families that received a tract in their mailbox had an Arabic name and were probably Muslims. With many prayers, God will use these great tracts.

 

 

 

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There were also many tracts given in Cagnes sur Mer, a town next to Nice. Many mature couples walking on the promenade sidewalk along the Mediterranean sea, despite the cold wind, happy to have a leisure walk in the sun. I would estimate that 95% of these couples, 55 and older, took the Gospel tracts. One Muslim man stopped and we had a very pleasant talk about the Gospel. Another little group of believers (a mother and her two teen daughters) were so surprised to see me sharing the Gospel freely in the streets. Beside this, there were no other dialogues.

 

 

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I was kind of disappointed until the Lord reminded me that 270 of the 300 tracts were taken by the kind of people who usually refuse to take anything! Before I had gone out that day, I really wanted to have divine appointments. And the Lord gave it to me! All of the older French couples took the flyers! Would you join us in prayer for these people, and all of the people who receive and read the tracts.

 

 

 

 

As we often ask, we need prayers for these lost souls that God desires to save. Let us all pray for God’s love to enter into all these homes and people. As we continue on our journey in France, we ask our precious Lord to give us all a fresh vision of our service to Him and His Kingdom! “I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.” Psalm 16:8

Thank you for all you do for God’s Kingdom!

Mitch and Christine

 

Prayer requests:

For our sensitivity to hear and know God’s will and then to be obedient.

For all tracts that we hand out to be anointed and touch the hearts of the people.

That we will be an encouragement to the body of Christ.

That our lives and our marriage will be a witness.

For our confidence in God’s provision in every area.

For Mitch to reach the French language level needed for spiritual discussions.

What a Difference a Day Makes, or Prayer, or Reading, or Repentance, or…

Passion flowers. There’s a story behind it, look it up.

Passion flowers. There’s a story behind it, look it up.

Dear friends and family,

During the time of our last update, we have had some interesting challenges. Let me preface the following that, in all of our walk with God, He is Faithful. Our Hope is in Him. Our Provision is in Him.

Early on in my Christian walk when I was just starting to read the Bible, I read where Jesus said Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 18:3. So I prayed to have that childlike Faith. One area it shows up in is my dependence on God to supply all of my needs. Phil. 4:19. Of course I complain and worry sometimes, but I know it will be done, even if there’s some difficulties in the process.

Looking south towards the sea. Kinda strange for a west coaster.

Looking south towards the sea. Kinda strange for a west coaster.

Previously we had posted that we needed to find a new apartment. Seems like a simple task and basically it is. A bit of culture shock, things aren’t always what they seem, even in France. I guess that goes for almost anywhere though.

Long story short, we left our first flat April 15, knowing we would be staying with a friend for ten days while waiting for our new place to become vacant. We assumed things were going as planned. But you know how that goes. We were waiting for word from the bank that things were on schedule. The active word being wait. A friend told us that we needed to go down to the bank the next day, without an appointment, and find out what’s going on. God’s timing is perfect. If we had waited just a few hours longer, we would not be in this beautiful apartment today. It’s a fine line it seems between waiting patiently or moving quickly.

Making our new flat a home (my part).

Making our new flat a home (my part).

So here we are. Larger, cheaper, very light and airy, nice views. Right across from the sea, (it’s also right across from the airport, and they refuse to let us walk across the runway, so it’s a ten minute walk to the plage). Another plus is that the Promenade is right across the street so tract distribution gets a bit of head start.

We’ve had to do some upgrades though, as this apt. had very little compared to the last one. Building closets and shelves and a desk to work at, but we were provided with a new frigo, (refrigerator) clothes washer, and some kitchen cabinets

We had friends from CA. visiting us for a week, which almost didn’t happen because of communication breakdown.  Our flat is now visitor friendly.

There was a group from CC Montreal that came to Nice to do outreach while the other part of that group went to Paris. We had a great time handing out tracts and witnessing to people in Nice and Cannes.

On the tapis rouge. (red carpet Cannes Film Festival

On the tapis rouge. (red carpet Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival was going on at that time so there were literally thousands of people in the streets. There were eight of us that went out in different directions and we all had stories to tell of people that were open to receive tracts and hear the Gospel.

The festival is for two weeks, and one day, when we had planned to hand out tracts, it happened that there were some extra tickets to go to the Festival. What a surprise and treat! Good thing I had my formal shorts on. Actually, we really did have to have formal wear. I was loaned a tux, and Christine an evening gown. Who da thunk? We had a great time, but also very sad seeing the value the world puts on money and celebrity.

About evangelism, a lot of people think that somebody won’t come to Jesus unless they’re down and out, having life problems, health problems, addictions and so on. As a true believer, we know EVERYONE needs the Saviour, regardless of status or seemingly lack of problems. We know, and they know, that everyone has told a lie, everyone has stolen, regardless of value, everyone has broken the 10 Commandments, in thought, word, or deed. The Bible says, For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10. We are all guilty but for the Grace of God.

Spending time with friends.

Spending time with friends.

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Praying before we hit the streets in Cannes.

Praying before we hit the streets in Cannes.

The Canadian group witnessing in Nice.

The Canadian group witnessing in Nice.

Christine and I have both been taking a class which  is equivalent to a   seminary class. Very rich.  Christine is leading a study for some women.

Life is good, and challenging, (sometimes translated as, I don’t like this anymore. Why did I come here? When are things, or you, going to change for the better?) just like your life. Where we live and do ministry is beautiful, just like where you live and do ministry. God’s creation is amazingly beautiful no matter where you are in the world and, if you are a true believer, you are in ministry. Find out what your calling and gift is and serve the Lord with gladness. God bless you as you serve Him!

Mitch and Christine

Prayer requests:

For our neighbors, our neighborhood, our city, this nation.

That we would get to know our neighbors and be able to share the Gospel.

On la Croisette.

On la Croisette.

That this home will be used for God’s glory and will be a peaceful retreat.

For our marriage and our health.

That we would have many divine appointments.

That Mitch would learn French at the philosophical/religious level.

 

 

 

 

 

Studying

Studying

Christine’s home study group.

Christine’s home study group.

Anniversary dinner. All you can eat Asian.

Anniversary dinner. All you can eat Asian.