Today marks the 1 week anniversay of living in France. And the truth is we need to give ourselves grace, as we adjust to a culture that is so foreign to us, and a language we are learning as we try to survive doing daily tasks.
Despite the pressure I put on myself to "produce", there is a peace knowing that God called us here, and that we can see this place feeling like home. Community is so important to us and has always been an integral part of our existence, that we are grateful to constantly meet new people.
Here are some of the highlights of this week:
We met MJ, who is the mother of the pastor of the Nazarene Church in Versailles. She is a very sweet soul and was so kind as to pick us up for church yesterday and bring us home. I love our conversations; as she speaks in English and I in French. We joke that we are teaching each other! :) She also told me how being a teacher is in her heart, and that she longs for the French people to know the bible, as so many do not.
Didier's brother and wife had us over for coffee and chocolates. What an amazing family who is so devoted to the church; every Friday they have the University students over for dinner - it was Raclette the other night, and I reminded her in French, and with a wink, (as I love RACLETTE) that we will be University students soon! :)
And definitely one of the most memorable moments of this week was being presented to the Montpellier Church of the Nazarene by Didier. We felt so blessed to be worshiping with that wonderful family of God who was so welcoming of us. During the service, Shannon leaned over and said to me, "In 3 months you'll understand everything!"
We also had the privilege of meeting another American family who goes to the church and is doing Agape ministries in Montpellier. They invited us over for Christmas Eve meal, along with another American family who is serving with another mission organization entirely. So, we're excited to hear their stories and hearts for France, as we share ours!!
What amazing blessings!!
So today I give myself grace and be patient, as I realize how often God does that for us!!