Saturday, November 8, 2014

November Newsletter

See what God is up to "behind the scenes"...
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May God's hand be upon you and your family! For years, we've dreamed about what exactly it is that God has in store for us in France. It's so exciting to see now bit by bit how God is at work and what may be ahead for our family. I can't thank you enough for partnering with us financially and giving us this opportunity to live and share the gospel in France.

I wanted to take a moment to describe what we've seen, beyond the beautiful landscapes and buildings and national monuments, a "behind the scenes" look at where we've sensed God's touch. May the list continue to grow!

In the course of a month, we have a French bank account, cell phones, a car, and I learned how to operate the wood burning furnace! And our friend, David, who for the first time in over 30 years has to make a special trip to the states to raise additional financial support, was here long enough to walk us through it all (Many thanks!).
 
                    
Our little town of Le Deluge has been very welcoming and accommodating. Additionally, no one has seemed put off when we tell them that I'm a pastor. And perhaps optimistically, I think some even seemed intrigued.
 

The kids have done better than we could have imagined at their schools without knowing the language and at each school there has been a teacher that can speak English to them when needed.

 

After the first week, Karis was invited to a classmate's birthday party. There has been another mom that has said we could call her with any questions or problems we had. We've already had the chance to meet families that David and Kathryn may never have had the chance to meet simply because our kids are classmates.

 
We're also excited about what we've seen from our new church family in Meru. Their love for one another is obvious and they've done much to minister to our family during our first few weeks as well. But what's most exciting is to see their passion for their community and their vision to multiply and expand their reach. I've had the privilege to be in a prayer meeting that lasted for hours and where prayer was the only thing on the agenda. I was humbled to listen as they cried out for God's will and plan to be carried out in the lives of the church. Then last week we were able to celebrate the baptism of two of the youth within the church.



We've also had the opportunity to see into our "future." The team in the city of Gisors is about 3-5 years ahead of us on the projected timeline. The have a group that meets together for worship once a month and just recently formed small groups that will begin meeting the other 3 weeks. We spent Halloween with one family in Gisors that has kids the same age as ours, as well as some of their neighbors and friends. That night I sat and listened as one man openly confessed that he wasn't very religious and hadn't read the Bible but had many questions and wanted to know more! "As they've been going" and as they've "lived life together" with the French they gain the chance to share Truth. I look forward to beginning some language study next week and soon being prepared to have some conversations of my own.

And as a bonus, if you didn't see this creative outreach telling the story of the Bible using classical paintings depicting Biblical stories from Genesis to Revelation, you should check it out here.




Once again I thank you for your gifts, your encouragement, and your prayers. We look forward to sharing with you again in the coming months.

God bless, Brandon and Michelle
   

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Grace a Dieu

"Thanks Be to God"
  • We arrived in France and are getting settled in what will be our house for the next six months...

  • The kids made it through their first week of school with no issues.  Asher is still getting used to it, but other than that, everyone is adjusting very well.
  • We have found a car and will purchase it soon.  Thanks again to our donors who provided a special gift for this purchase.  AND it is an automatic...which is exciting especially for me. (We will still continue learning to drive a manual)
  • We have begun to make new friends and look for opportunities to share the gospel.
  • We have worshiped with our church family twice and they are already a blessing to us.  No pictures yet, but we have already been invited to spend Christmas with one of the families.


  • The French countryside is beautiful.  We are reminded of God's goodness often.
  • We have continued to have people and churches join us as financial partners since we have been here.  If you would like to join with us as well, we welcome you to be a part of what God is doing in France.  Click HERE for more info.