Wednesday, May 27, 2015

One More Loved

God is good.

He brought our family to France to do our part in reaching the nations.

He took care of our children in a time of much transition.

He gave us peace and rest as we adjusted to our life here.

He gave us courage to learn a new language and culture.

He was and continues to be our strength in times of weakness and our joy in times of sadness.

He has called us and He has taken care of us every step of the way.

And now...

He has called our family to take another step of faith.

In January of this year we began the adoption process to bring home a child from China.  We know that the path will not be easy and we don't pretend to have it all figured out, but when God calls, we trust Him.  When He calls us to go to France and it takes us 10 years to get there, we trust Him.  When He calls us to continue praying that our financial support will come in, we trust Him and when He calls us to love a child we have yet to meet, we trust Him.  We trust Him to provide the finances.  We trust Him to provide the paperwork.  We trust Him to show us how to love like maybe we never have before.

We want to reassure our prayer and financial supporters that we are not asking you to give towards this adoption.  We are planning to fund the adoption through grants and other avenues.  We are once again trusting that God who called us to this, will provide the means, just as we continue to trust that He will provide 100% of what we need to remain in France as career missionaries.

We do ask you to pray.  Pray for our family as we continue to serve in France.  We have felt so very blessed to have had about as smooth of a transition as we ever could have imagined.  This kids have started to speak French very well, better than their parents.  We are making many new friends and look for every opportunity to show the love of Christ.  Pray for the child who will join our family, Lord willing, in the near future.  We are just finishing up our home study, so we still have at least 6-8 months before we will likely bring home the newest Burch member.

We thank you for continuing this journey with us and look forward to sharing updates with you as we have them.

God Bless!
"Eucharisteo-thanksgiving-always precedes the miracle"  -Ann Voskamp

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lea's testimony

This is Léa.  She is a member of the church where we are currently serving in Meru.  She gave her testimony many times while she traveled in the states with our teammates, David and Kathryn Lohnes.  Now that we have been here six months, we want to share with you how you can be part of the ministry here in France so that we can see more people like Léa come to know Christ.  We are still in need of monthly support to remain in France beyond this first term.  We welcome you to share with family, friends and churches the work in France.  "France is in desperate need of  people and of the word of God."  Thank you as always for your support and encouragement.

**Please DO NOT share Léa's testimony publicly on facebook, but feel free to share it in person or in a private message with those who may be interested in partnering with us.