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!
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?
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.
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.
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
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.