Leaving France Happy
Since our last newsletter, there have been many exciting things that have happened. For starters, we let you all know that we had a significant financial need, and we are thrilled to announce that we got every dime that we needed. Thus, we were able to purchase all of the supplies we were lacking for Cameroon. Praise God for providing and thank you to everyone who was able to help us in this way.
Further, Dave and I went through two rounds of intense French testing and we passed both rounds! We graduated from our French school on June 20th and have since then been meeting with language partners and studying on our own.
We also got our visas in the mail and are in the process of packing to leave for Cameroon in just a few short weeks!
We have now entered a unique season here in France as we are able to â€œgo deeperâ€ in our relationships and are starting to really become a part of this culture. We are able to share the reasons why we are going to Cameroon with others and we are able to testify to the fact that King Jesus goes there with us. We have given out a few Bibles to those who did not yet have a copy of their own. The last few weeks have been quite sad for us as we realize we have to uproot ourselves from a country that we are growing to love.
Our Year in France
We spent a year full of the beauty of God's creation here in the French Alps, but it was also difficult. Since we knew our time to learn French was limited, Dave and I really pushed ourselves to study (sometimes up to 12 hours a day). The result was that we were often exhausted. But, in the end, we would do it all over again because we have seen the fruit of our labors in our ability to speak French. Although we still have A LOT to learn, we know that before the Lord we studied as hard as we could while still maintaining a healthy family life. And so, as we leave France, I cannot but say that the Lord has been our strength to continue putting one foot in front of the other even when sick, discouraged, and exhausted. I think this verse summarizes our year perfectly:
â€œThe LORD is the strength of his peopleâ€ Psalm 28:8.
Below is a video which gives some highlights of our year (click on the video to view it in YouTube):