Dear family and friends!
Winter is getting behind us with an amazing beautiful Easter weekend. Nature was exploding with life and joy as we, with many other believers from different churches in Nice, celebrated the glorious resurrection of our Savior! The plan was to have the sunrise celebration on the beach but, because of rare wave action on the Mediterranean, we were praying, singing, and listening to meditations on the Promenade which was visible to many people walking or running by. The police even showed up as any large gathering these days is suspect. So they heard about Jesus too! This was the kind of day we had and it was a good opportunity to start distributing Gospel tracts on the Promenade again. Our physical issues are still present, Mitch with his facial paralysis and Christine with her back injury, but we’re on the road to recovery. Christine’s therapy has opened up another evangelical opportunity as she has many short discussions with other ladies in the tiny pool. Right now just to start knowing them and showing love. Many of them are Muslim. She has been able to start giving Gospel tracts to almost all of them. We started a group of intercessory prayer for France, praying with different believers over the phone everyday. Another group for fasting and prayer is happening this week for a sister in full time ministry suffering from terrible sleep trouble for many years. We are also involved with a study, “Experiencing God”, one hour before our regular evening church service. Pastor Roy Miller, who planted the International Baptist church years ago, comes back to France for 3 month out of the year to do Sun. services and teachings which is blessing us so much in our walk with God and giving us the opportunity, and the joy to know better a few other believers from IBC. A recent women’s retreat in the mountains, organized by Calvary Chapel, brought ladies of the church closer to God and to each other. Four ladies from Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara came to speak during that retreat and spoiled us all with their love, their teaching, their prayers and personal time spent with each of us. They told us that there was a group praying for that specific time for six months. We also joined a support group for the French local chapter of the Gideon’s. “Les amis de Gédéon” (The friends of Gideon). We get to participate through intercession for all the wonderful things they do in France like placing Bibles and New Testaments in different places, including schools. It is a privilege to be part of this work through prayer. We believe this ministry is having a huge impact in France and they need all the prayers to be able to have open doors that are usually closed in this country. Read the story of Gideon in Judges chapters 6-8 to understand the logo. The follow up with the young adults of Christine’s family is still going on and important. We are doing a New Believer study by Skype with Guylène and Benoit, (niece and nephew) and keeping close contacts via phone with the others. God bless you as you serve Him. Mitch and Christine Prayer Requests Health Financial Provision so we can function in the ministry More Spirit filled contacts with all the persons the Lord places on our path Breakthrough for our sister J. having major sleep problems Breakthrough in France with a real and deep conviction of sin on everyone Wisdom and inspiration about the Muslim ladies met at the PT To obey the Lord in His leading