Merci à Dieu
As soon as Halloween was over, Switzerland switched into Christmas mode - lights are up downtown, stores are FULL of Christmas things, and our church has already begun Christmas pageant practices with our kids… Titus will be singing a duet in French, so we’re really excited to hear that!
But, we Americans are eagerly anticipating Thanksgiving this week! We’re planning a big dinner with the other missionaries studying French with us - about 30 of us, including our kids! We’re so thankful for these friends that can be family for us while we’re here.
It’s incredible to think of all the ways that God has worked in our hearts and lives over the past year. We have so much to be thankful for!
I’m so thankful to be learning French to use in Bible translation - so many things came together for us to be able to come here. Had we been able to follow through with our original plans, we would not have met any of our friends here, and that blows my mind. God, in His sovereignty, brought this specific group to this specific church at this specific time for a purpose, and we are feeling the encouraging effects of that! God has provided in incredible ways for our family - relationally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially.
I’m so thankful for this time as a family. French language study would have been very different if our kids were babies or teenagers. This has been an incredible time for us to bond as a family and learn so much together! I’m so thankful for the way our kids have adjusted and adapted. The Lord has been so faithful to provide wisdom for difficult conversations, encouragement on hard days, and peace for our hearts. He is so, so faithful. Would you pray that we would love and train our kids well, even when we’re mentally exhausted from our classes?
I’m thankful for our neighbors. Our street is unique because it is full of people who weren’t born in Switzerland. Our multi-cultural street has so many different languages, cultures, and food smells. We’ve been welcomed as a fellow “outsider” by many of our neighbors and we’ve really enjoyed spending time with them and building relationships. The crazy thing is that many of them are also learning French… so English is often the language they prefer to speak to us in! There are two ladies that I spend time with who are learning French, and we have a lot of patience for each other as we practice our French together! (Who knows if what we say is always correct though?!?) Would you pray for us as we seek to show the love of Christ to many who are walking in darkness on our street? Merci 💕
I’m thankful for our church here. They have welcomed us in so many ways. I’m so thankful for our furniture, kitchen tools, linens, and lamps that were donated by people in the church. It was ladies from our church who helped us get our kids set up at school, helped us buy school supplies, and helped us register with the canton. Our church family is so kind and patient with us as we seek to get involved and make friends. We’re able to speak more and more French in our after-church conversations, although many of them speak some English and see our smiling faces as opportunities for them to practice with us!
I’m so thankful for our small group - time to study scripture, pray, and (of course) eat cheese and sausages! We’ve loved hosting our small group and our French is improving so much because of it. We will forever be thankful for these friends!
I’m so thankful for technology that allows us to “see” and talk to family back home regularly! AND, we’re looking forward to having some family visit us soon!
I’m thankful for Jack. He is a rock for our family. He handles our emotions and struggles and schedules so well! He is always willing to run to the store for me (even though that means riding a train both ways or walking a mile uphill, depending on which town he goes to.) His linguist-brain combined with his teacher-heart makes him very good at explaining the things that I wasn’t able to figure out in class. And, since he’s a level ahead of me, he’s already learned all the things I’m learning.
Speaking of levels, both Jack and I “leveled up” last week! I’m now working on level B1 and Jack has begun B2. We’re getting there! The B levels take longer than the A levels, but we have a solid foundation now! I’m so thankful for our language school and the method that they use. It was really challenging at first, but it works! We have different teachers every day, and I like that we get to hear multiple people explain the concepts (100% in French, of course).
Thank YOU all so much for your prayers and encouragement - we love being a part of this team!
Happy Thanksgiving from Switzerland!
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
Let your glory be over all the earth!