Saturday, May 31, 2014


Since I have a few minutes, I'm going to work on a blog because I do not know when I will have the next occasion.  Last week I had a good AVF training in Lyon.  The food was great, the sites amazing, the training was very professional, a good time of sharing as well.  The only worry was while I was on the train to Lyon, they announced that we would not be arriving at 6:45pm but would be late, and later they said it would be at 2am.  Thankfully they changed again and we only ended up being two hours late, but that did give everyone a scare. 
 The training laster Thursday and Friday, I got back late Friday night, but we woke up early to attend our inter-AVF picnic.  It was a good time.  We arrived early and had a walk for two hours and saw some beautiful sites.  And then had lunch together. 
After the picnic, Angie and Lilia headed directly to the youth meeting.  I took the boys and Arianna back home, because Andrew and Caleb had been invited to a friends house.  After we got back together to eat with some friends in Carcassonne we met through basketball, and we stayed visiting until midnight.  Sunday afternoon everyone but Lilia got a good nap in before our English services.  Monday night we had our Annual meeting for the basketball club.  Tuesday, I had the annual meeting for the Regional AVF at Montpellier.  Wednesday I returned to Montpellier to take Lauren to her visa appointment, and continued to Avignon to help a friend move into a new apartment, and then pick up some stuff from her cousin in Montpellier to take back to Limoux, as university is finished for summer, many students must move out.  Thursday, we helped hand out flyers again, we have passed out over 3000, and hope to have a good turnout.  Angie and Lilia are at a swimming competition yesterday and today.  I'm trying to get things done while watching the kids, doesn't always work out.  I did manage to finish a report, do some translating, prepare a flyer for our Ranch friend, and answer a lot of emails.  God bless, JASON

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

One month past, one more to go

I see that the last blog was a little over a month ago.  And we have a little less than a month until we make our trip back to the states for summer. 
The kids put on a puppet show from their bed.
I show that last time I blogged  was the 18th of April. That following weekend (Easter), I had Referee training all weekend long.  I missed Easter services, but I did get to share with a muslim friends on the ride to and from the training about  Easter.  The monday after Easter is a holiday in France.  We had some friends over for supper and had a good visit with them.  Tuesday, I had AVF as usual, and Angie had to take two of the kids to the dermatologist.  Two of the boys have a few little bumps that ended up being some kind of virus, and they needed to be burned off with dry ice.  Thursday Lynn and Brenda arrived, thankfully Lauren was willing to pick them up at the airport for us.  Lynn spoke in our Friday night Bible Study and we spent most of Saturday with them.
Micah and Arianna and Yousef at the park.
 What followed was two weeks of spring break with the kids.  We had a good time, got to visit a little more with Lynn and Brenda, enjoyed some good Bible studies.  The weather turned for the worse during the vacation and it was chilly and rainy most days.  Lynn and Brenda left the first of May.  Sunday I went to the organization service for the church in Barcelona.  It was a great service and it has been great to see and share with them growing together and organizing. I met the pastors sending pastor, and another missionary that is now serving in Spain as well.  From what they said, this is the first ABA church in Spain.
 The one pretty day, was Thursday, we took the kids for a walk around a lake, and to play basketball at a local park.  They had a good time.
 After the vacation finished things really took off.  We really jumped into preparing for the team that we have coming in June.  Besides four meetings (including one with the Mayor), helping a handicaped man get ready to move, basketball, I was able to get a website up and running so that people could register for the English classes online.  We also created, had printed, and handed out about 1500 flyers as well.  The following weekend Lilia had a swimming competition on Sat. and Sunday.  I had my last training session for the referees (I passed!) on Saturday.  Sunday the boys had their last basketball tournament as well.  Needless to say we were all over the place last weekend.  We did meet some new visitors from Australia at church Sunday, one who will soon be moving to the area with her family.  We also manged to squeeze in the English services.  Though it was a tiring weekend, it was very fruitful and blessed.  God bless, JASON 

Friday, April 18, 2014

God is still in heaven.

The above title is the first words that Arianna spoke when I woke her up this morning.  She makes a good point. 
 Arianna had been sick since last Friday.  I took her to the doctor yesterday and got her some antibiotics and she is back in school today.  We had a good visit from our friends in Bordeaux.  They arrived Sunday night and left Tuesday morning.  Their daughters performed a piece from the orchestra they will soon be performing.  I will try to add the video below. We saw the city of Carcassonne together, visited the beach, and just had a great visit.  Monday night we celebrated their middle daughters 18th birthday with cake and tacos. 
 Above the boys help prepare dessert with mom. Andrew lost both his upper teeth and one lower tooth in three days.  He made out good with the tooth fairy. 
The market went will this morning.  The weather has been really nice this week, with temperatures in the mid-70s each day.  Arianna did get stung by a bee yesterday, she tried to pick him up.  I think she learned her lesson.  The kids Bible study on Wednesday afternoons kicked of this week.  It went well.  I helped out for part of it.  Hopefully we will see more kids coming in the next weeks. This evening I have my computer class, and Caleb has a doctors appointment, all before Bible study.  This weekend I will be busy with the training for referees.  God bless, JASON

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A few filled days.

Caleb's first b-ball tournament of the year.
I have put the blog on the backburner for the last couple of weeks.  So, I have the calender beside me and will try to sum up what has been going on.  Tuesday the 18th of March, I attended a conference at the AVF concerning the Carnaval at Limoux.  The Carnaval is one of the main tourist attractions at Limoux and it was interesting to learn about it.  I found most interesting that the written history that speaks about the Carnaval dates back to the 1640's.  I had a good day at the market the 21st, the weather has gotten better and better, and more and more people are getting out.  Our bible study was well attended with 15 including our family.  We are continuing our series through John, and are now at the moment just hours before his death (chapters 13-17).  THe following weekend, Lauren, Micah, Caleb, and I went to Bordeaux to visit with another missionary family there.  They have 25 years of experience serving in France, and in their second church plant, have five children, and reach-out though basketball and english classes.  It was a great time of fellowship and we were able to ask alot of questions.  Tuesday the 25th, Angie had the ladies prayer meeting at our house, while I went to the AVF and had my computer class.  The 26th, we had a Tea Party with the AVF, my first.  It was a good time of visitation and the tea and snacks were good.  The 27th, I was gone all day with the regional AVF meeting.  I enjoyed the meeting, and getting to know everyone, and I had a good visit with the current AVF president (during the 2 and a half hour drive), whose place I will be taking in a few weeks.  The 29th, Caleb's group had their first basketball game this year.  They played well but lost by five points.  The first of April, while I was busy with the AVF, Angie had a meeting with Caleb's teachers.  I had a chance to share in the AVF about the origins of Baptist and Protestants, a presentation that I hope will lead to more interest. Wednesday the 2nd, Lilia had a swimming competition with their school, I had a good time watching until I had to leave for bastketball practice. Their team came in frist place and will advance to regional tryouts.  Thursday we had an all day outing with the AVF visiting a castle and a wine cave situated in an old mine.  I had a good visit with a lady on the ride there and back, she was  german but has lived the last 50 years in France.  She remebers the bombs falling on her home town during the Allied invasion of Germany.  Friday, the 4th, it rained, so I didn't go to the market, but I had lunch with my AVF class and visited a local museum.  Saturday morning, I ran with the boys in the local cross country race, 1030 kids participated.  After lunch, I went to help a man install windows 8 on his computer.  Later that afternoon Lauren stopped by and we looked at the backyard to have an idea of the movie night that we hope to start soon.  Our back yard has a natural theater seating with the retaining walls.  AFterwards I went back and made sure the Windows 8 had installed good and gave a crash course on using Windows 8 (no pun intended).  Sunday Angie and Lilia went to her swimming competition.  I went with the other kids to church and afterwards a basketball tournament in Limoux, while Lauren watched Arianna.  Everyone finished in time for the English services that evening.  That was the end of a busy couple of weeks.  Yesterday I had a training meeting at Montpellier with four other people from our local AVF.  We left the house at 6 and didn't get back until 8 that evening.  Just in time for basketball practice. Today I am trying to get caught up with emails and blogs.  It has been busy, but all of these activites have resulted in relationships being built and opportunities to share about us and our God. God bless, JASON

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sickness back

Well, we enjoyed being healthy for a while them it was over, at least for me.  Let me explain.  Things were going well, we finished off February and started March with a basketball game on Saturday afternoon.  It was a friendly game against a new club and I was really looking forward to playing in a game, as I have not played outside of practice matches since November.   I started out slow but got better in the second half, right when I sprained my ankle.  Yes, once again.  I will try to attach a video of the game, ending with my injury. 
I immediately started a daily routine of Ibuprophen and tired to stay off my feet.  The kids were on vacation the next two weeks and the weather was beautiful getting up to upper 60's low 70's everyday, with plenty of sunshine.  I was able to accomplish a lot of office work, since I was grounded.  I got our reports done, reworked the song book for the church in Carcassonne so more could be added easily.  Got our taxes done. 
Thursday was another game, but I did not play, and served as referee instead.  I did make it to the market Friday and enjoyed the nice temperatures and the crowds.  I met some people I have not seen in a while.  This past Monday is were things really got wierd.  Monday morning I woke up with fever, by Monday night it was up to 102.  Tuesday, I was completely out of it and started taking antibiotics.  Wednesday I finally ate a little something, and Thursday was back on my feet.  Ended up being a Urinary Tract Infection.  It knocked me off my feet, and kicked me a few times while I was down.  The doctor prescribed 10 days of antibiotics.  Normally, I'm not much for medicine, I usually ignore slight headaches and sleep off the worse ones,  stop antibiotics a few days early. . . .but not this time.  I am going to take all ten days.  This is my first UTI, and it "ain't no fun". 
The kids had a good time playing outside, and going to the parks.  Angie also took them for a picnic one day, where she took some cute pictures. Thursday was my first day to really get back to work, I took a fridge and table to a English couple who are going to be helping the church in Carcassonne for 6 months. I had a good meeting Friday morning at the AVF, and walked through the market afterwards, on the way met one of our old friends and talked for a while, and once arrived at the market was invited to have coffee with a couple I had not seen in a couple of months.  Friday night's Bible study went well.  There were 15 of us in all.  Afterwards we had a Birthday party for Lauren.  She turned 25 on Saturday.  We also had a picnic lunch together on Saturday and invited her over for supper.  Sunday after church, I attended the yearly business meeting of the church in Carcassonne.  I appreciate them allowing me to attend and always learn a lot, this time about the technical aspect of having a church in France, because it has to be registered. . .etc.   Today (Monday) I caught up on alot of office work and finally finished this blog.  God bless, JASON

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sickness behind us

Finally we have gotten over the sickness that we had.  It lasted for a week.  In the middle of it we had to take Arianna to the hospital because she dislocated her elbow again.  It ended up going back into place by itself before we saw the doctor, and thankfully before we had to pay :)  I don't know if I mentioned last time that we (my AVF french class) visited a museum that had an exposition on the French Jews during the second World War.  It was very interesting and led to me being able to share about my two grandfathers times in the war during class.   
 The 11th I had a meeting with the AVF regional committee.  It was a good time to meet new people, and get to know our local people better.  I usually do not share much when I am outranked, as just vice-president, I usually leave the speaking to the president.  But this time  I was asked specifically to share my ideas, which I think encouraged those who I will be leading next year, they liked my thoughts and also the fact that I shared more than usual.  The following day, I had fever again.  Wierd. 
Arianna and daddy, still not feeling 100%.
The 14th was our big kickoff for the Friday evening Bible Study.  I put a message on facebook ( which for this who are reading and also see my facebooks post...when I post something in French, it is not meant specifically for you, but for the large amount of facebook friends that I have here in France, that is why I don't usually bother with putting a translation, just so you know).  We had a good study, 6 visitors came.  They all seemed to have a good time, in particular with decoration the cupcakes that Lauren had baked.  Saturday, I helped a lady move into a new apartment.  It was an all day move, but thankfully there was several helpers.  She was single with two children and so I was glad for the opportunity to help and to build another relationship that I hope we can continue.  After church on Sunday we had a basketball tournament.  The boys and my team played real well, winning all three games by a clear victory.  Last week was even busier than normal because I preached in Barcelona, two messages.  I also designed a logo for the ministry team that we have coming in June. 
I am getting more and more excited about this team, and I specifically hope that some from our sending church will come along and experience God's work here in Limoux first hand. I did work in a skype call Wendesday with my friend James in Kenya to ask loads of questions about his church planting experiences. I also managed to get our new bank account up and running.  Our former bank started charging ATM fees and a monthly fee.  The new one looks as if it will work well, even though it was a three week, 20 phone calls, lettes, email. . .sum it up by saying a long and at times frustrating process. Saturday Angie went to youth group, and I was planning to take to kids to an exposition of models, but I forget to get the car seats from Angie and so we just hung around the house and enjoyed the nice mild weather that we have continued having here.  Lauren did have us over for supper that evening.  The services in Barcelona went good. 
Two ladies from our group here went with us, and everyone had a good time.  Angie stayed in Limoux with the girls because Lilia had a swimming competition (where she got first place in the 100m butterfly).  I always enjoy visiting with the church in Barcelona, they have jist started renting their first meetings place.  Now I need to run get the kids for lunch.  This afternoon I am going to start TESL (teaching english as a second language) classses.  God bless, JASON

Monday, February 10, 2014

Slowed down

The blog shows the last time I posted was the 16th of January.  Let me catch you up to what has happened since then.  The 18th we had a familly over for fried chicken, evidently unknown here in France except through KFC.  The 19th after church we had a basketball tournament, and Lauren went with us. 
 I think it was a little too much excitement for Lauren...
 The kids playing Monopoly on one rainy day. The weather had been mild, but we have been getting a lot of rain.  Some places in France have been flooded for weeks.   
 Saturday the 25th we had a game against another city.  It went real well in spite of the fact that they were older, taller, and more in number than we were. 
 Thursday, I had a regional AVF meeting in the morning about an hour drive from Limoux.  I made it back right in time to leave with Lauren to pick up her parents from the airport in Toulouse.  The greeting is pictured below...
The 30th, we had a meeting with the AVF about helping the elderly.  It was very imformative considering we have a team coming in June, and we would like to be able to visit the nursing homes and help shut-ins.  Lilia left for her school ski trip on Feb. 5th.  She had a good time, you can check out her facebook page for pictures.  Below is a picture of our English Bible study, Lauren's dad, Mike, taught our lesson.
 Lauren teaching the kids lesson, in French.
We have changed the Bible study to Friday evening, in hopes that it will be easier for families to come.  Thursday, Arianna had fever.  Friday, I picked it up.  Saturday, it was Angie's turn.  So, currently things are slowed down.  Angie and I are still feeling poorly, Arianna as well.  But, at least I have the time to blog :) God bless, JASON