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.
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.
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.
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.
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
For our neighbors, our neighborhood, our city, this nation.
That we would get to know our neighbors and be able to share the Gospel.
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.