2018 Starts in Belgium

2018 Starts in Belgium

Do you recognize the word “Belgien“?

You might not unless you speak German, although you’ve probably guessed – given the title of today’s post. It’s the German spelling of Belgium. I’ll get to why I used the German spelling but for now, suffice it to say that Belgium is where we rang in 2018… indulging in old memories and creating new.

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One Birthday and a Wedding

One Birthday and a Wedding

Today, our second child and first son, Dominic turns 15. His name means “Belonging to God” and to watch him pray at the altar with others and respond in worship encourages us that he is living up to his name. May he daily discover and rediscover the love of a Father that is much greater than that of his earthly father and may that carry him throughout his entire life.

Happy Birthday Dominic!

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Belgium, Vimy Ridge & Bible School

I think it’s fair to say that, with the exception of taking down the Christmas Tree… this was the week that we officially “wrapped up” the holidays. Today I’m teaching at Bible School but here’s the rest of our week.

Belgium & Family


On Monday morning, we packed up the car and headed north. The first 3.5hrs got us as far as Melun where we dropped off Jacques, our “over-the-holidays Collie-dog“, after which we drove another 4hrs or so to Belgium where we spent a night with friends before surprising Liz’s parents – who did not know we were coming. Liz had prearranged it with her brother. They were well & truly surprised!

While there, the kids got to eat mitrailletteswhich they love! Why are they called mitraillettes (which means “machine guns”)?  Lemme explain how they’re made & you’ll understand why:

– take 1/2 baguette
– insert sausage / meat of choice
– fill to overflowing with french fries
(or bullets)

Voilà!  …another Belgian treat.
(besides the more commonly known waffle)

Vimy, France

Vimy Ridge, Crête Vimy, Canadian Memorial, Canada, Veterans' Affairs, World War 1, WWI

On our way home from Belgium, we took a 30-min side trip to see the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge, commemorating the 60,000 lives lost during WWI. It’s one of those places that I think every Canadian should see at least once.

More often than not, Canadians are seen as understated on the world stage, but this sprawling monument of grand proportion defies that stereotype.

6,000 tons of glistening white limestone tower 27 meters above the highest point of Vimy Ridge, overlooking the Douai plain.

It was Canada’s victory on this critical battlefront that established Canada’s nationhood on the world stage… it was no longer just another British Colony.

In the Trenches

The last photo above is one of Liz and the kids in some of the trenches at Vimy Ridge. It’s a fitting image of how we see ourselves here… in the trenches & on the front lines. We see the fighting in the spiritual realm around us, we stand just as much chance at seeing shrapnel fly by as we do to take new ground.

We, just like you, are in a battle… Lord help us to maintain the ground that has been won and to follow your direction to take new ground as well.

Prayer & Fasting

The UPC of France is joining with UPCI churches all around the globe in making the month of January a month of prayer and fasting in an attempt to refocus our attention on the Lord and on the building up of his kingdom. The theme of the month is: Follow… for if we will follow the Lord Jesus, growth with result: personal growth and church growth alike.

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Thank you

Thanks for stopping by today. Let all that you read inform your prayers for us and for the work in France.