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Friday, August 26, 2011

Nehemiah's Steadfastness

We have been listening to a new series about Nehemiah from Heritage Bible Church in Boise, ID. We visited this church when we were in Nampa in 2009, undergoing evaluations at the MAF US headquarters, and really liked the Bible teaching there. Being able to access solid Bible teaching online is a great resource for us as the church we are attending currently is all in French. So, we're not understanding a whole lot on Sunday mornings so far! :) Anyhow, we didn't realize how fitting this series would be for us at this time, but it's evidence of God working and giving us messages right when we need them. The pastor talks about how Nehemiah is steadfast and perseveres to see the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem completed. Even though several obstacles come along his journey, he continues on--knowing that he must obey God and do His will. Satan isn't going to attack us with challenges and obstacles when we aren't involved in what God wants us to be doing. Why should difficulties surprise us when we are doing His will? The apostle Paul reminds the Ephesians, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Eph. 6:12.

Wow, French is a difficult language! We have completed our first month of French school, and it has been tough. There have been challenges during this first month that we didn't really anticipate, which we won't get into too much on here, but we are certain that God is using each one to draw us to Himself. I am also convinced that even if we weren't in Quebec City away from our hometown and close friends and family learning another language, on our way to Africa, God would still desire to mold us into the children He would have us be for His use and glory. There are difficulties and challenges in every season, everywhere. If there weren't, we wouldn't need God.

We are so very thankful for each one of you praying for us. Please continue to pray that we would each have the steadfastness of Nehemiah! It means so much to us.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Steep Learning Curve

Language school has officially started last Monday, and to say that we are now completely overwhelmed might be an understatement! Questions and statements like, "How are we ever going to learn what we need to know in 6 months?" "What did we sign up for?" "This is so weird!" "This doesn't make sense," are being verbalized between us a lot lately.
Our daily schedule basically runs like this:
8:00am Karina leaves with Calvin to French Class
10:15am Karina returns and Rob leaves for French Class (Karina attempts to school Faith and occupy the others)
12:30pm Rob returns, children are eating lunch (hopefully)
1:00pm Joyanne, Wesley are napping, Faith is having Q.T., Calvin is having lunch.
2:00pm Karina and Faith continue Kindergarten
3:30pm Joyanne and Wesley usually emerge from naptime
3:30-4:30pm French homework comes out, Calvin also wants to eat
5:00pm Start making dinner
5:30/6:00pm Eat Dinner
Bathtime/TV Time
7:00pm Quiet Reading time
7:30pm Kids bedtime
8:00pm French homework comes out again
10:30/11:00pm Bedtime for us


Before we moved here, I was wondering what it felt like to be illiterate... as I don't really remember what I felt like before I knew how to read. What was that environment like? Well, I know too well now. God is taking us down a very humbling path and we are finding ourselves frustrated at times. Very frustrated. This time of learning a new language is turning into a lot more than simply learning French. Perhaps learning French is the easy part of this six months? I'm not sure.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Poisson

One of few things we have acquired since being here over the past three weeks are three little goldfish. Faith had asked about getting some before we left Mission and daddy said perhaps when we were settled in Quebec City.

Voila, poisson!