Our church is blessed to own a building. Even before we arrived, plans were in the works to make it more functional. With a growing number of teens, we’ve had to add Sunday School classes but finding room within the current configuration was a challenge. Final plans were accepted by the congregation in March. Our own folks began the work with several intense days of demolishing and trips to the dump which saved us at least 1000.00€. Contractors are now continuing the work. We are excited about the results. Two medium sized classrooms are beginning to stake shape along with a larger multifunctional room and a hallway. More adequate insulation is being installed, more efficient lighting is going in next week; and we get new windows in the Fall! Finishing work must wait until September, when our folks return from vacations. Please pray for wisdom as we work through this one step at a time. Pray especially for Alexis as he heads up the project.
We have a ways to go in clearing the way for our move to France.
Here is the link for the books that Mike currently has listed for sale in Greenville, SC. These books will accompany us on our next short deputation trip before being delivered to our daughter in Greer, SC on August 10. Let us know if you would like to consider helping us get set up in France by making a purchase. More will be added through the weekend.
God answered prayer for Mike’s mother who went to be with the Lord peacefully on March 3rd. However, over a month’s worth of traveling back and forth to the hospice, coupled with a two month’s ride on the emotional roller coaster did take its toll. Mike experienced the first (and hopefully the last) gout attack of his life just as we were preparing to leave North Carolina. Melanie had to literally pack the car by herself but Mike had to drive. Our travels had prevented Melanie from procuring the yearly form required by the government for epileptic drivers, so her license had been temporarily suspended. We had an appointment with her neurologist in Montréal on March 17 that would remedy the situation so we had to get back to Québec! Mike hobbled through a meeting in Pennsylvania on March 15 and God gave much grace! But the foot got worse as he drove the rest of the way to Québec City. After over two weeks of limited mobility, he is finally doing much better. Oh, and Melanie got her driver’s license back! 🙂
You can access our most recent prayer update here. Do pray for us as we go through the necessary process of switching gears from 27 years of a church revitalization emphasis to an educational emphasis. In between deputation trips we are working hard to prepare ourselves. There are still many details to work through as well as logistical questions, and some loose ends. Mike is even praying about enrolling in a Master of Education program most of which is available online.
We are attempting to arrange a meeting sometime this Fall of the men who were closely associated with the former Bible Institute in Lennoxville. Please pray that God might use this to foster greater biblical unity among us. Pray for honesty, transparency, humility, and open hearts as we share with one another concerning our past and future cooperation in the harvest field of Québec.
Monday was Quebec’s patriotic holiday! This song has been accepted as the unofficial hymn of Québec. We are reminded of how much we love the people here and how thankful we are to be able to preach the Gospel here! Thank you for your continued prayerful support!
Tomorrow, our oldest daughter Valerie flies out of Charlotte with a group of students from Calvary Christian School in Greer, SC. She and another teacher are leading this group on a mission trip to help missionaries Jared and Rebekah Stevenson for one week. We ask you to pray that God might use this trip in the hearts of these young people for His glory. We are so thankful that Valerie’s epilepsy has been under control for several months now. We ask you to pray for her in a special way during this trip. It is such a thrill for us as parents to see her and Tom giving of themselves to the Lord’s work!
We will be enjoying Christmas this year in Québec with Catherine. Stephanie, Jérémie and Dérek will spend Christmas day with us. On Sunday afternoon, December 23rd we will be hosting an activity at our home for our folks and contacts.
Tomorrow we make another round-trip to the specialist in Montreal for Catherine. She has been doing much better! She has a few jobs that are perfect for now like English language tutoring and piano lessons. The other day she even landed a job helping a teacher in our church correct student’s exams! These are direct answers to prayer! Thank you!