If you’d told me two weeks ago that I’d be spending time in Canada this month, I’d have laughed a hearty chuckle… yet… here I am. On Monday evening I said good-bye to Liz & the kids, boarded a train bound for Paris and, the following day, caught a plane home. After two years away, it’s pretty surreal to be home again.
In short… we recently ran into a financial wall which would’ve required us to return home no later than the end of December.
So I am taking advantage of the boys’ two-week school holiday (less need to help with daily homework) to make a quick trip home and connect with various churches in the Atlantic District. I am so thankful for the help of our pastor, Bro. Brent Carter of Mission Point, for coordinating this visit home.
It was pretty amazing to…
- see the Maple Leaf flying over buildings in Toronto as I was landing… (first time in nearly 2y)
- See the fall colors of eastern Quebec & northern Maine as we flew over.
- Just be in a plane again…
Time has gone so quickly since our departure in January 2015!
First stop… Moncton, NB
I arrived Tuesday in Moncton to spend the first few days with my mom. Amongst other things, we went out to the cemetery where my dad is buried. Although he passed well before we left Canada, I’d never seen the headstone on his grave. (There are certain little things like that that you miss when you head overseas, following the call of God.)
On Wednesday night I attended Truth Tabernacle in Moncton, pastored by Rev. John Woodcock. This little church has been an incredibly generous and faithful supporter of our AIM term. We are so thankful for them!
It was also nice to catch up with a few friends; some of whom I’d seen just prior to our departure while others I’d not seen in many years.
Connection is a strong thing and we can only write our story once, making it ever so important to maintain bridges to the past. All of the people that we interact with on a regular basis, help to mold us into the person that we are and are becoming.
Let’s be thankful for the people in our life that God is using to make each of us the best possible version of ourselves!
Tomorrow morning I head to Saint John with my mom & we’ll be in service in our home church… Mission Point. SO looking forward to that.
Meanwhile, back in France…
- Even though the boys are on a school break, each of them came home with three assigned reading books for French class so Liz will be busy helping them… today though, they’re off ziplining.
- Sophie finally received the last of her school DVDs (Math), so she’ll be working hard to make up time. She’s incredibly disciplined and good at working hard until a job is done. She’ll make it!
- Last Sunday Beatrice (left of Liz) visited our church for the very first time (we baptized her cousin Danielle in February). She’d given up on church after several disappointments, but participated in worship, responded to the Word and God touched her powerfully at the altar. They then joined us for a late Canadian Thanksgiving dinner where she shared another need in her life… an open door for further ministry. What a privilege to be part of what God is doing!
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Together, let’s see what the Lord will do in western France!