|Our new home
I was in line to check-in at the Dallas airport and a man asked me where we were going. I told him that we are going to Cameroon to translate the Bible, but would be spending a year in France first. There was a long pause (there is always a long pause). He then told me that my reward will be great in Heaven and handed me $200.
We were kind of dreading hauling our four kids and 6 carry-ons through the airports. But the Lord provided a very kind TSA agent in Dallas who helped us through security. Then he provided fellow-passengers who hand-carried our baggage for us all the way to our gate in NJ. We felt like we were surrounded by angels all the way to France. It was not easy, but the Lord helped us through it on several occasions.
There are several fellow-missionaries who are doing French study in Chambery and this missionary community has saved our lives. One lady hand-walked me through the bus system, how to buy groceries, how to get to church, and so on. Others brought us groceries, house-hold items, and have helped us get our kids enrolled in school. We had four visitors with presents our first day in France. Thank God for the body of Christ.
Also, we and the kids really have not suffered much from jet-lag (probably because none of us slept in the plane to get here) and, as of now, we are all sleeping through the night and healthy.
So all that to say, we are so incredibly grateful for those who have prayed for us and we are so grateful to God for answering prayer.
|Lots has changed, but some things never will…
As far as learning French, we have already learned a lot being immersed in this culture the whole week we have been here. We have unfortunately heard from other missionaries that the school we have come here for has been going through some changes that will limit the classes we can take. This is very concerning to us and we would love prayer about that. Our goal and greatest desire for our time here is that we learn French WELL. If this school would not help us achieve this goal, we need to find private tutors, another school, or whatever else would help us achieve this. There are several opportunities here in Chambery, and we are ready to explore them if the school does not work out. We would like to each get in 40 hrs of formal French study each, per week. Please pray that we would be able to do this and pray for wisdom as we make big decisions.
|Stacey studying French
The kids? Makyra is super easy-going and is extremely happy. Kaden, however, does not like change and is grieving the loss of the familiar. However he is able to communicate to us how he is feeling and this has led to many good conversations with them. One such conversation started the other night by Dave noticing that Kaden looked like he was about to cry. Dave asked him what was wrong. Fighting back the tears he replied, “Why is everything different?!” We understand buddy.
Please pray for Kaden and Makyra as they will be starting French pre-school on Tuesday. They will be put in different classes so they will not be tempted to speak English to one another. Elias and Zoey have been a mess and have been extremely fussy and lacking overall self control. We find out on Friday if the pre-school with admit them or not (technically they are supposed to be 3 and they are only 2½). Please pray they would be admitted so that we would be freed up to go to school and so they would learn French.