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.
Our hearts are filled with gratitude as we reflect on God’s goodness since our move to France in 2016.
2018 was a year of gradual, steady growth for the work, especially since the summer. What encourages us most is that the new folks seem to be attracted not only by a loving atmosphere, but also by solid Bible teaching and in some cases a need for serious pastoral care.
With new growth it is imperative that we continue making progress this year in shoring up the doctrinal foundations of the church. Do pray for patience, wisdom, and the ability to accurately communicate in our multicultural context. “That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.” (Colossians 4:4)
“My kingdom is not of this world …” John 18.36
The current social unrest here in France represented by the “yellow vest” protestors is a tangible reminder of this truth for our French brothers and sisters in Christ. So far, the protests have been more of a nuisance than a real danger where we are concerned.
The demonstrations quieted down a bit following the terror attack at the famous Strasbourg Christmas Market. However, activists are threatening fresh unrest after a prominent leader was recently arrested.
Please pray with us for God’s protection on all concerned. Also pray that He will use all of this to awaken people to the futility of trusting in mankind. Not until King Jesus returns to establish his kingdom on earth will we witness the perfect governmental system.
We are so thankful for the encouragement from the Beth Eden Baptist musical ministry team in June. With the help of fellow missionary Kristi Colas and Ecclémusica, they offered special sessions and practices to help our young people learn how to use musical instruments for God’s glory. This was followed by informal and formal concerts over the weekend.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthieu 28.19–20, AV)
In February we had the joy of performing a baptism and receiving new members. Five testimonies of salvation replaced the morning message. The gospel was made clear for the nearly 70 who were in attendance, the highest since our arrival two years ago. God is at work!
What an encouragement to have a choir number in a recent Sunday morning service. Voices and accompaniment were furnished by our own folks. It was especially refreshing to see young people excited about using musical abilities for the glory of God and the edification of His people. This was the first time in a long time that the church was able to do anything like this. We are having regular visitors. Christ is building His church in Rouen! Thank you for your faithful prayer support.
The Bible Institute that we helped to organize in Québec was patterned after the one in Algrange, France, which has been in operation now since 1978. Mike recently had the privilege of teaching there for the first time. Melanie tagged along enabling both of us to profit from time with both current students and long-time personnel of the school. Please pray for this ministry that God would continue to protect it and provide for it’s needs into the future. Clicking on the following link will take you to the English section of their site: Baptist Pastoral Bible Institute
We are so thankful for the many who have prayed and given towards the move to France and for our outfitting needs. We wanted to share a few pictures. God has truly done some marvelous things to get us here and has provided every step of the way. (1 Thess 5:24)
The snow finally started melting some in Quebec City this week! But there will still be plenty enough around for our move. Our son-in-law is going to try to get his brother’s snow blower to clear a path to the front door from the street, and from the driveway to the shed in the back yard!
Here’s a link to today’s Prayer Update.