Thursday, June 9, 2011

France

The Lord has given me an opportunity to possibly go to France with a team from a local Bible Church, in July and August.  Ever since reading The Scarlet Pimpernel series by Baroness Orczy, my interest in the people of France has grown over the years.  They are a people who have forgotten their First Love and become widely an unbelieving country (in 2009, a study showed that 50% of the French say they are atheist.)  This trip to that particular country immediately caught my attention, and I have been praying about it a lot these past few months since I found out about it.
   Our team of about 10 people will be staying in Nice, where for the fist week we will assist the local ministry in teaching children at VBS-- such as songs, skits, and doing crafts.  This is a big witnessing opportunity for the ministry since many of these children will be unbelievers.  The second week will be spent ministering to new believers (ages 16 to around 24, roughly) at an Apologetics conference.  I greatly look forward to the second week, as it will be an opportunity to witness a new seed of French believers!  I pray I will be a vessel of God's power every minute of every day that I am there.
  So, I am saving up, preparing and learning the language (something I've been studying off and on for the past several years) as much as I can while our family band travels keep me on my toes.  As always, God will lead me in everything, including this.  Needless to say, I am excited!  I've never been to a foreign country before, so that too will be a new learning experience.  (I am accepting donations for this trip, as God leads those He wills to do so.)

Please pray that God's will be done by the team while in France, and that we would each of us be God's vessels for His glory.

In His Hands,
Melody