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.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Going by Giving: Hear From Our Gospel Partners- Part Deux

       I want to open this next guest blogger by simply saying that if you asked me to show you a picture of a "cheerful giver", it would be this woman and her husband.  She has come to me in tears of joy and excitement over the sacrifices that God has called her to make in order to be a part of what He is doing in France.  I am truly inspired by her.  So without further delay...

       "Why do I help support the Burches?  I guess it has to do with my own father who taught us to help others.  He said, "If you see a need, and you can help, you should- don't be selfish."  

       When I was teaching, I tried to instill the importance of giving.  I had the same home room from the time they were in 7th to 9th grade.  The first year, they didn't want to give to anything.  They wanted to spend their money on junk food.  It was like pulling teeth to get anything out of them.  I would remind them that even a little helped.  Some gave more, others gave less-it didn't matter, it added up.  And guess what...there was no less junk food!  By the time they were in 8th grade, only the new students didn't want to give.  The other students themselves talked to them and they gave some.  The students felt good about giving and gave freely.  By 9th grade they were asking me if we could do some other charitable giving.  Our class was known as the biggest supporters.  Other teachers were asking me how I got my students to give.  I guess because I found it important to help from my father's own words and actions.  I was proud of them, but more importantly, they were proud of themselves.  They learned that giving helps others and also makes them feel good.  They learned to give with a cheerful heart.  

But like the saying-"Many hands make light work." so do many donations turn into a large donation.  Phil's mother always said, "People do what they want."  This is so true.

      And isn't that what God wants us to do?  So, we see the Burches need help and we are able to help some.  But like the saying-"Many hands make light work." so do many donations turn into a large donation.  Phil's mother always said, "People do what they want."  This is so true.  They can't give because "they just don't have it".  But then they buy things they really don't need or take expensive vacations....yet, they couldn't even give $10 or $25 a month.  Like my homeroom kids, I bet if you give, you will still buy what you want and take the same vacation.  So, I would encourage you to make this a part of your ministry even if you are not doing it so cheerfully at first.  God will soon bless you with a cheerful heart!"