a small travel blog on my day to day life during extraordinary times
My Mission Trip to France=$3800
I have raised $3,857.00 to date.
My support raising is complete! Thank you!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Here's a copy of my prayer letter.
Dearest friends and family,
I watched the sunset from a surfboard my last night in France. It was beautiful; the water was glassy and calm as the sun sank into the sea. It was a rich time of beauty and joy, a description most exemplary of my time in France this summer.
Through our hostel ministry we were able to give bibles to 3 guests, and clearly communicate the gospel to many more. When our guests found out that their hostel staff was with the church, many of them exclaimed, “Wow, you haven’t tried to evangelize us yet…you sure you're with the church?” Our love and genuine care lead to many intimate conversations on life and God. God literally gave us the nations as we hosted people from nearly every country in Europe. Our prayer was that our guests’ barriers to Jesus would be broken down by how they encountered our faith. Many of our guests came to our church plant in Hossegor, and one night we had 11 nations represented in our service.
Here’s one story: We saw one woman, Noelle, come to know Jesus during her stay. At first, we found her very argumentative over Christianity, and she proclaimed herself a very strong Buddhist. However, one day she asked our long term missionary to talk with her, and when he shared the Gospel, she accepted Jesus into her heart. Praise the Lord! That very same day, which happened to be Bastille Day, she asked to get baptized. We took her to the beach, and with great enthusiasm, she ran into the waves, proclaiming her life was not her own, but Jesus’. Since then, Noelle still struggles with a severe nicotine/alcohol addiction, and is very scared of the demonic activity that surrounds her old Buddhist cult in Paris. Please pray for angels to surround her and for demons to flee. Pray also for freedom from her addictions and for a Christian community that can rehabilitate and grow her in the Lord.
Too many times this summer did our guests ask, “Are you Mormons?” This was so disheartening and humbling each time. My heart for missions greatly increased this summer. God’s heart is to make His name great among the nations. This is truth, and I developed a heart to pray Christians will be known not only for their works, but also for their fervor in spreading the Gospel of Christ.
This Gospel is communicated in God’s Word, which transforms lives, as we witnessed in our French community this summer. Here's another story:
Victoria is a French girl in our bilingual church about to embark on the great adventure that is university. Many of your know my heart for student ministry, and loving Victoria this summer was just so natural for me. Victoria lost her dad to cancer three years ago, and we instantly connected through our mutual experience of losing a parent. She loves the Lord and likes to write worship songs to Him. She is also a devout Catholic. We had a sleepover, and in that time I got to encourage her in her purity and in pursuing a godly life. I expressed that though many of her French girlfriends don’t live this way, she is not alone because many Christians walk with God in purity while single, me being one of them. I told her I would love to encourage her in this, even from America. I also got to encourage her to read her Bible. I walked her through our team devotional, and she shared how she had never tried to interpret the Bible before (Catholics don’t believe laypeople have the authority to read God’s word), but that she liked learning about God this way. I connected her with our long-term missionary, whose heart is encouraging French Christians to read their bible and multiply their faith. Please pray for her to continue to grow in the Lord through his Word and in living a godly life.She’s off to Paris for university, and I truly believe that God has great plans for using her in His kingdom.
Fear is an emotion that has dominated much of my life, but the Bible preaches, “God’s perfect love casts out all fear.” God is teaching me a lot about being fearless in his love. As autumn approaches, I am trying my hardest to fearlessly leap into uncertainty. I’ve committed my next four months to prayer and seeking guidance. I am open to being a missionary overseas, and now have realized that I indeed could survive and thrive in France. We’ll see what happens, as there are also some beautiful opportunities stateside that I’d love to follow the Lord into. I’ll keep you updated!
Thank you for your support this summer. The prayers, hopes, and loves of my support team were so encouraging to me during my time in France. I want to emphasize that my ministry there is YOUR ministry as well, because it’d be impossible without you. That being said, I’d love to invite you to continue to pray for our French family.
Please pray for: Our Pioneers missionaries in France. They’ve just purchased a property that they hope to turn into a Christian café/second hostel next summer. In addition they will resume their English business this Fall. Ministry opportunities are so great; pray they would receive guidance on where to focus their energies. Our French church community. Pray they would develop a great fervor for the Word of the Lord. Also, pray they would receive a pastor, as their church is desperately seeking one. Also, we saw our church plant in Hossegor double this summer. Pray it would continue to grow. Community for our French youth. Pray specifically for Victoria, Pauline, Theirry, Pauline, James and Helen. Pray specifically for Marion, as she doesn’t know a single Christian who attends her highschool – pray the Lord would send her at least ONE friend. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity this summer. I humbly pray the Lord will use our offerings to the glory of His kingdom. And as always, please let me know how I can pray for you. :)