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!
After just two months on the market, the sale of our house in Québec City is now final. We now know that a move will be possible after April 1st. This clears the way to apply for visas at the French Consulate in Montréal. Please continue to pray about all of the other details that must be handled before an actual move, including the right choice of and God’s provision for an overseas moving company. Also, be praying with us for wisdom with regards to the eventual sale of our vehicle and God’s provision for another one in France. In the midst of these and other big decisions, we continue to downsize and pack.
Only a few minutes after the sign went up we received an email from the folks in Rouen informing us of their unanimous vote to send us an “official” invitation. This document is necessary for our application for visas, a process which we have already begun. Recently it has taken an average of 85 days to sell a house like ours in the Quebec City area.
After over two years of a nomadic life, we have a lot of health related appointments to catch up with: Dentist, Doctor, optometrist, ophthalmologist, etc. All must be done before we leave… Our days and weeks are full, but by God’s grace, we manage to squeeze in a few moments with the grandkids. What a joy! What health for the soul! (Pr. 17:22).
Another recent email from France included the following: “We are anxious to see you again and to be encouraged by your faithfulness, love, and patience in Jesus Christ.” Do continue to pray that we can get to France as soon as possible.
We saw only two cars in the motel parking lot in the small Eastern Montana town. What a relief that was, since we’d driven all the way from Wisconsin that day and were in no mood to be turned away. Through road weary eyes we noticed the familiar “Je me souviens” on one of the license plates. They were from Québec! As the clerk checked us in, a remark was made about the understandability of our English as compared to the other couple from Québec that had arrived earlier. With tongue in cheek we smiled, realizing that this could be a golden opportunity. Someone this far from home and having difficulty communicating would surely welcome a discussion in their native language. At least, that is what we had experienced in the past. So we prayed. At breakfast the next morning, there they were! Mike surprised them by saying “bonjour” and the conversation that ensued lasted for at least 45 minutes. As is often the case, when they discovered what we “do for a living”, questions followed. Thankfully, they already had a positive reference point for the Gospel; a friend in Québec with whom they had already discussed on occasion. God gave us a wonderful opportunity to share about the Lord. The husband’s parting words were, “if we only had more time, I’d ask you more questions.” French in Montana? You bet! Thank you so much for praying for our deputation travels! Please pray for this couple and their continued contact with the Gospel through their friend in Québec.
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.
We are occasionally asked about Islam in France. Muslims are quite present here in Rouen. Islam is the second most popular religion in France, after Catholicism and represents about 7 to 10% of the population. Apparently, France has the largest population of muslims in Western Europe. The church here is equipped with Arabic New Testaments which are offered regularly. Do pray for this aspect of the ministry here!
We are so thankful to be here in France! We have been hindered in communicating though, as a result of unreliable internet at our apartment. In fact, we have had no service at all for nearly two weeks. The landlords seem to be doing all they can to get things fixed. Would you pray about this? Thankfully, there are folks in the church who open their homes (and wifi) to us for things like bill paying and sending the following update!