First year Bible School Maëva Morvan is a dedicated Bible School student and member of the national headquarters church in Melun. Here you see her giving a devotional message during the daily chapel service. She is just one of the reasons that we are in France and glad to be part of growing the church here..
This morning I’m writing you from our favorite internet café and treat spot… Pat-à-Pain. We’re in the middle of changing internet providers and are currently without internet at home. It’s a whole new world!!
Bible school students dedicate one Saturday per month, for three years, as well as a full week each August.
This summer I wasn’t scheduled to teach but a last minute need arose and up I went. Bro. & Sis. Arlo Moehlenpah were guests teachers for the week, lecturing for 4-hours each day either on the subjects of creation vs. evolution or teaching methods. Each of those sessions had to be translated and that’s where I stepped in.
Students also prepare thesis questions which they must then present to the teaching staff in an oral interview.
The questions are either theological or controversial in nature or simply curiosity-based questions that people might ask about the Bible or about the Christian faith. They pick 1-3 questions at random and must be prepared to answer them using principally their Bible.
What a great way to prepare young people to give Bible-based answers to people with questions! I was part of those evaluations and I tip my hat to those students for that is just as much work as the classes!
This year at the European Youth Convention, in November, there will be 8 people graduate from this three-year program.
As this would be the last week of classes for many of them, Sis. Nowacki had them come forward during the last chapel service where staff and fellow students laid hands on them and prayed over them in a powerful moment of commissioning and solidarity.
They are laborers in the harvest field that is France!
Music in the Metro
Last night I made my way home by train and had to pass through the Châtelet metro station in Paris.
At the intersection of two pedestrian tunnels there was a 15-person string orchestra playing one of Vivaldi’s concertos.
You’ll come across a lot of musicians and “quasi-“musicians on the streets and in the metro tunnels around Paris but this is the first time I’ve come across a string ensemble of this size.
Do you see what the wall is made of, behind them? It’s ceramic tile.
Now… just imagine… ceramic tile lined tunnels twisting & turning for hundreds of meters and just how the sound would carry. Over the din of people coming and going, I heard them before I saw them.
The low, warm tones of the bass and violoncello, complimented by the violins in the upper register. I stopped and listened for a while because that was really the only response… so wonderful!
- On Thursday the boys will step into school for the first time… keep them in your prayers.
- We’re hosting a regional fellowship day later in September, pray as plans are finalized for that.
- The new Bible School year commences in 2 weeks and we’re expecting 10-12 new students.
Thank you for your constant prayer and support. It’s a privilege to be here as an extension of your ministry and the ministry of many local churches. We’re in this together!
God bless you today!
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