Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! What a difference a month makes on our way toward summer. Whoops! It’s already here. Last time, we wrote of our outreach in Paris which went very well, and of our time spent with Christine’s family on the way south. There was a good work done there, and also a time of sharing with the family, winding down on our way back to Nice.
When we got home we prepared for the summer by finally getting one of our important tracts printed professionally. Although it needs some fine tuning, like getting them folded mechanically instead of manually, we ordered ten thousand. Do you remember our one year anniversary update? I had a prayer request that we would get a double portion of our ministry in the coming year. There’s a partial fulfillment in that we have handed out over 20k tracts! If you have never handed out tracts in your witnessing/evangelism endeavors, I highly recommend doing it. It’s an easy effective way to get a little bit of God’s Word into the hands of a lost and dieing world. And we know that’s what the world needs, God’s Word. Livingwaters ministry has the best tracts in my opinion.http://www.livingwaters.com/
We also started preparing for the Bi-lingual Kids Camp. It’s a five day VBS with translation for French speaking kids that usually don’t attend church with their families. It was a fireman/Rescue theme showing kids to be ready for anything. If only I had ½ the energy those kids had! What a wonderful time of Christian influence through stories, songs, and dance. There was also a time of science projects which showed how God’s creation is so evident in our everyday lives. Everyone involved put a lot of time and effort into making it a huge success.
We are now involved with
“Outreach Week”. It’s a time of reaching out to the community and the numerous tourists during the summer with music, art, feeding the homeless, tract distribution and evangelism. One of the guys has learned how to make giant bubbles which attracts a crowd and more opportunities to witness.
As we have been here for a little over two years now, I was reflecting on the things I’ve learned and experienced. One thing that I brought over from the states was the promise that “My God shall supply ALL of your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19. I have been tested on that many times. It’s not just the physical needs, rent, food, buying tracts, bills, health… But the spiritual needs such as peace, prayer, encouragement, strength… The more time I spend with God through reading His Word, Praying, Worshiping, Fellowship, the more I Trust Him in every part of my life. Definitely a work in progress.
One of our prayers is to be good stewards of our time and our money. Everything we have belongs to God. Have you ever heard the terms “wasting time” or “killing time”? Time is a commodity that can never be replenished. Once a day, an hour, or a minute is gone, you can never get it back. We have one life to live so let us live it with an eternal perspective. And speaking of time, have you noticed the times we live in? If you are not totally excited about what’s happening around the world according to Biblical prophecy, then you’re not paying attention. Maranatha!
One of the things I am learning is that financial support does go down during the summer months(rookie missionary). Still, we trust God to supply our needs and He is faithful. Planning ahead for the lean times is like Joseph in Egypt when pharaoh had his dreams and God gave the interpretation. Even in the difficult times, there’s no place I’d rather be than in God’s will. And for this time in our life, not that we doubted, it is in Nice France, ministering to the French people to the best of our abilities and strength.One more thing, just because we are full time missionaries does not elevate us above anyone. As a true Believer in Jesus Christ, we serve the same God that you do, who is rich in His blessings and giftings. All you have to do is ask, “Lord, what do you want me to do?”
God bless you as you serve Him!
Mitch and Christine