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Bonjour and Au Revoir Chambéry

I (Stacey) had a missions professor in college who said repeatedly, “God is the only constant factor in  your life” and boy was he right.  In a season, and likely a life, filled with changes we tell ourselves and our children that the good character of God remains constant, and maybe one of our only constants. Malachi 3:6 says "For I the LORD do not change.”  Nearly everything in our lives has changed. We live in a different country, speak a different language, eat different food, and even use different toilets.  Our plans have changed, our timetables have changed, our cell phone numbers have changed, but the Lord remains the same yesterday, today and forever.  What a liberating truth that frees us up from grasping frantically for familiarity and routine.  The Lord does not change.

But other than the Lord, there have been A LOT of changes with us the last couple months.  For those who have not heard, we have arrived safely and intact in Chambéry, France.  It is no exaggeration to say that we are absolutely delighted to be here and are convinced that this is one of the most beautiful places in the world.  Further (being the nerds that we are), we are thoroughly enjoying studying French and are eager and excited to learn more. 

However, during our French school orientation, we were told that the school is shutting down and that they could only offer us 9 hours of class-time per week for the both of us.  Therefore, I have been in class for 6 hours a week and Dave for 3 hours.  At our school in Dallas we were trained how to acquire a language outside of the classroom setting and so we set out to acquire French through the help of language helpers, tutors and self-study.  While we have been able to begin learning the language, we are convinced that we could learn it at a much faster rate if we were to go through an intensive language program at a school.  Thankfully, there is such a program 30 minutes away from where we currently live in France and thus we are going to be leaving our current city (Chambéry) and moving to a city called Albertville.  The school has been recommended by many and I also visited it, sat down with the director and had all my questions answered to my satisfaction. 

We are scheduled to start classes 
on May 6th and both of us will be in class for 24 hours a week and we also intend to study outside of class and be involved in the community.  Our kids will also be entering into an intensive French language program—called French preschool.  They will be attending the local public school full time, will likely all be put into different classes and will (we can hope and pray) come out speaking French by the end of the year. Kaden and Makyra are currently in a French school where we live now and are both thriving (thank you Lord!).  Arriving in Chambéry only to hear that our school was shutting down was discouraging at first, but we are incredibly thankful that the Lord provided another school very close by.  We are eager to begin.

In light of these changes, we wanted to remind you why language acquisition is so important. Without knowing the language, we will not be able to help people nor share the Gospel with them.  Further, our children will not be able to communicate with anyone outside of our family and missionary community without learning French and the local language in Cameroon.  So we are taking this year to be a bit “intense” about learning French for the future good of our ministry and our family.  There is nothing worse then not being able to communicate with people.

We would like to conclude this newsletter with a huge thank you to those who have been praying and who have been supporting us financially.  We have moved our family across the world and we are happy, healthy, and doing well.  We praise the Lord for this. It is also SUCH a privilege to be able to dive into French full time and if we were working to support ourselves, we would not be able to do that.  So thank you for your giving and thank you for your prayers.  We are so grateful.

Starting May 2nd our new mailing address will be at the school:
  • Dave and Stacey Hare
    Centre Chrétien d'Enseignement du Français
    50 Chemin des Galibouds
    73200 Albertville, France

Please pray:

  • That we would continue to be in good health so we can study.
  • That our children would cry out to God in a life full of change and that he would be their Rock.
  • Our son Elias has been particularly difficult (in "terrible two" sorts of ways) and this has been way more stressful then moving to another culture and learning a new language.  Please pray our love for him would "bear all things" and that he would really mature and learn to be a thankful, delightful person.
  • That we would all learn French WELL.
  • That Dave and I would grow closer to the Lord.
  • That the people of France would not find security in wealth and culture, but instead in Jesus Christ.

Praise the Lord:

  • We are in good health and overall not suffering from much culture stress. 
  • The kids are adapting well to life in France.
  • We are growing closer as a family through all the changes.
  • The Lord has provided a good French school for us to go to.
  • The French people have been so kind to us and accommodating. Especially the French Christians. Praise the LORD!
  • We are enjoying the challenge of language learning.
  • Praise him for his wonderful power in creation. God has created many gorgeous places in the world like France and he deserves to be worshiped for it! 
As always, we love you all and love to hear from you. Please feel free to hit the reply button and let us know how you are doing as well. 
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