Dear family and friends, seasons come and go, and life changes. Opportunities grow to share Jesus and our wonderful God to many people here in France.
We had the joy of spending vacation time with Mitch’s son, daughter in law, and their two daughters from California as they came to discover France for the first time. A wonderful time of closeness and much appreciated. The emotional and spiritual support towards our family dispersed here in France and the states is ongoing as the needs present themselves.
A wonderful wedding of our niece Guylene and her husband Benoit which testified to their numerous friends about getting a life right with the God that they had just discovered. A sad funeral for our nephew Julien, 29, a month ago. Another opportunity to share the Lord with love and compassion to many after the ceremony.
Christine has been teaching French to two groups of Iranian immigrants, English to a Muslim lady friend, encouraging the body of believers here, and sharing the Gospel in the streets.
We are to be alert in seeing what our Lord wants us to do, and to be a blessing everyday in many ways.
My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. How different our lives would be if we could comprehend this verse. Paul, in 2 Cor.11:24-30 speaks of the many extremely difficult times he’s had over the years. He speaks of his thorn in the flesh and how he pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from him. “But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor.12:9-10. Delight in weakness? King James says, “take pleasure”. Totally contrary to our comfort mode. Let us thank God for our many blessings and the strengths He has given to us but never assume or take for granted that we won’t have difficulties in this life. Hopefully not like Paul. We were created to depend on God. Not on ourselves. The more we surrender and have faith like a child, the more we realize our strong need for dependence, the more we can experience His grace in our lives that is sufficient for us. God bless you as you serve Him. Mitch and Christine
Our Prayer requests:
Pray for more opportunities to share the Gospel. Pray for Revival in the churches in France. Pray the Lord of the Harvest would send Laborers. Pray for France as there is much unrest and violence. Pray that we can be used in a mighty way to bring Glory to the Lord. Pray for our finances and our health.