Yesterday we left our cozy 1 bedroom apartment and moved into our own space! Although we were thrilled to make this move, we truly enjoyed our two week stay with our French landlords and had a twinge of sadness when we left them. They take care of their son who was handicapped in an accident when he was 13. Ines showed me pictures of her family and there was one of her son at the age of 12. I told her that I liked her son’s name, and she answered back in French, “It’s a beautiful name for a beautiful boy.” I was touched by their devotion and love for him. Christmas morning they invited us up to their house and surprised JJ with presents from Santa. It was truly such a sweet thing. They will be on our hearts and in our prayers going forward.
The other night JJ prayed, on his own, “God, please help us find a 2 bedroom apartment, so mommy and daddy can have their own bedroom.” The next day we received a skype message to call a woman who specializes in relocation here in Montpellier, and so we did. That night she came over to our apartment, and we shared with her why we were here and what we were looking for. The next morning she brought us to meet the owners. It was a good match, and we loved the place! So, we are now fully moved into a fully furnished house, have space for visitors, are within walking distance to the University, JJ’s school, the Tram stop, and the Montpellier Church of the Nazarene!! This is truly an answer to prayer!
Family of God
Once as an assignment for a final paper in Seminary, I interviewed friends of Dave’s family who served in South Africa for almost 30 years. We discussed many things that day in the 3 or so hours I interviewed them, and I ponder often what we talked about. But in these past two weeks one thing in particular stands out to me – the Family of God. This couple said over and over again just how special and important being a part of the Family of God was to their time in South Africa.
Today, as I reflect on our time here so far, I am touched deeply by our experiences so far with our brothers and sisters in Christ. From Brian who helped us in Paris, to Didier and Shannon who housed and fed us for 3 days after our arrival. Then we were invited to dinner on Christmas Eve by an American family, doing Agape ministries, and met another American family doing ministry in Montpellier from a different organization. We ended a very fun night with prayer and encouragement. Then our relocation specialist brought us to her community of faith this past Sunday, called International Chapel, and we met yet more amazing families who are serving here in France. All of them have been blessings to us in various ways.
So, in the midst of daily challenges, we feel deeply God’s blessings and are truly thankful for them.