Friday, April 18, 2008
The results are in.
Pictured above is a local school parade, marching for protection of the environment. It was interesting, they stopped traffic for about 20 minutes and threw confetti everywhere. Ironically, I do not think the confetti is that good for the environment.
The test is finished thankfully. If you must know Angie made an 84 and I made an 81 (she beat me). That brings our semester average to Angie 89.5 and Jason 89.25 (she beat me again - but I guess if she always beats me then the average would be beating me as well- hmm). So according to the school handbook we are now at a language level of "A2-1" which means we "can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way and provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help." Sounds pretty basic though.
We had several students who are leaving for their perspective fields and we all had prayer for them. It is amazing to me the strength of God's love and faith in him. We have at the school people from various countries and backgrounds all united by a desire to serve God and learn french. One student left a successful medical practice in England, where he even met the Queen, to go to a small carribean Island and live without Air Conditioning to share the love of Christ with the people there. One student leaving today, moved here and learned french hoping to work in an elderly home for french speakers. What an awesome way to serve the Lord. I am looking forward to finishing school and moving on the our main focus here, to share the love of Christ through evangelism and discipleship - starting new churches.
In Exodus 3:7 God tells Moses that he has seen the affliction of his people and heard their cries and knows their sorrows. I have experienced some of that here as well. I have seen the strugles of the people around me, knowing what a difference a relationship with Jesus would make. I have heard their cries for help, I see them walking in sorrow, searching for peace and fulfillment through worldy things. What a difference Jesus would make in their life. I pray and hope that establishing churches here will multiply the amount of disciples of Jesus exponentially so the people here can be delivered from their taskmasters as well. Remember in the next chapter, Moses' complaint, "I am slow of speech and slow of tongue"(4:10). I have experienced that a lot recently. But God did make mans mouth and he has given us the command to go, because he will be with us and teach us what we shall say (4:11-12). He also gave us an Aaron not someone to speak for us but someone to teach us the language (4:15) so we can best communicate with the people here.
Our Father, We thank you for all that you are. Your power, grace, and amazing love for us; for this ministry you have called us to; continue to strengthen us and help us learn the language so that we can reach out to your people here, people that you have created to worship you and bring you honor and glory. It is our desire to deliver them from their taskmaster of sin and direct them to you and give you all the glory for it. Thank you for providing a wonderful support group behind us and laying a path before us. We pray that we will use all the gifts that you have given us to accomplish the things that you have for us to do. Help us to follow you with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Deliver us from weakness and temptation so that we will not get in the way of your blessings, but that we may be in good fellowship with you and recognize your leadership and your Spirit's guidance in our lives. Thank you Father for the wonderful ways you have blessed us so far. For the strength to serve you another day. Au nom de Jésus Christ, Amen.