Dear friends and family, summer is stretching its last hot days, here in the south of France.
Mitch participated again this July in the IBC bilingual kids camp at Saint Paul de Vence which hosted 80 + children, (usually 50), 4 to 12 years old.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHGjK6uXY2c&feature=youtu.be A great opportunity for children of the area to be exposed to the Bible and Jesus during the numerous fun activities. This camp has a quality not often seen in France and for many families it is a wonderful first encounter with a local church. French people are still very reluctant to even visit a church
service. Mitch also went for the week long Calvary Chapel conference in Austria along with Pierre (pastor of Calvary Chapel Nice) and Enrico. He saw many old friends and made many new friends. A short time but, the promise of eternity helps to ease the good-byes. Christine has suffered for a long time with back problems and infections in the jaw and kidneys. Pastor Pierre came and anointed her with oil. The pain and infections which had lasted many months despite medical treatments, vanished the next day! God is faithful and His promises are sure. In James 5:14-15 it tells us, as believers, we have a provision for the healing of our ailments. We went to visit our niece Guylène and Benoît her companion with their two young children. He owns and operates an organic dairy farm. She delivers mail and has a huge garden with chickens also. Our time with them was wonderful! This young couple is searching and reading the Bible. With Mitch
there this time, Benoît took advantage of his visit to do a lot of guy things and they bonded well. We shared spiritual issues and encouraged them to continue pursuing the true and living God. They are now reading the New Testament together, discovering for the first time who is the Savior of the world! We are following closely on their walk and praising the Lord
for the honesty and seriousness of these two young people! Christine spent a few days recently in Montélimar to visit some long time friends. They all had a wonderful time encouraging and blessing one another. We started recently, under God’s direction, a 2 month intercession group to pray for family members who are not saved. Every 3 days we pray for 4 different people who are loved ones to the 16 members of this group. It is a strong encouragement for all of us as unsaved family members are often a wrenching burden on the heart of Christians. Praises to our faithful Father for the healing of Christine’s kidneys and other ailments, for His provision for our dental work, and how He continues to use us to encourage many. A couple of closing thoughts. Every single person on earth, saved or not, experiences the blessings and presence of God. Yes, there are many circumstances where you could question that statement, but the reality is, that God created a perfect world and because of the fall, we see pain and suffering. Count your blessings and thank the One who gave you breath. Secondly, have you ever tried to drive on a newly paved road, before they paint the lines? No matter how good of a driver you think you are, you always seem to drift a little one way or the other. Lines are good. The Ten Commandments are good. They are not here to restrict us, they are here to protect us. Also, they are here to show us our sin and that they are impossible to keep. That’s why Jesus came. To fulfill the Law that we couldn’t. Psalm 19:7. By His sacrifice, we can be saved. That being said, and with the importance of knowing the Ten Commandments, how many of you can recite the commandments? Front to back. Back to front. Center to either end. It gives us a good sense of the Holiness of God. And so, to help you and your children in that memorization process: http://www.livingwaters.com/downloads/print/ten-commandments-learning-aids/viewdownload
God bless you as you serve Him, Mitch and Christine Our prayer requests: Pray for renewed love and compassion for a lost and dying world.
Pray that our lives and marriage will be a witness.
Pray for divine appointments.
Pray for revival in the churches, our neighborhood, our city, and the country of France.