Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Lilia skiing experience.
Lilia's ski outfit.
The only problem with blogging once a week, is that I really have trouble remembering all that has happened the past week.  At the Bible study last week, we had a good discussion about the invitations I am preparing.  It is always good to have the feedback of those familiar with the culture.  We had a good discussion, we ended up speaking about the future of our work here: what we are trying to accomplish, how we need to get there, what are the next steps.  It was a good time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.  I shared with the group how I feel that this is a key year.  The past three years in Limoux have given us many good contacts.  We are feeling more and more at ease with the culture and language.  We have a big basketball outreach coming up in June.  We also have a young lady coming to work with us for two years, who will be arriving in September.  Also we realized that three of the people who regularly attend our Bible study are also new to this area.  They also had to get established and have been making new friends.
I scored 130 and won a free pen.
Arianna is vacuuming.
The boys got out all their cars.
Basketball Wednesday went well.  I'm going to have to cut someone from my kids team . . . Andrew.  He gets really upset when he does not do well, when someone passes him, when I try to correct something that he is doing.  I have been talking with him about these problems, but it may just be best to wait for next year.  Thursday  was beautiful.  It got up to 65 degrees. We even walked the kids home during lunch. That evening, I  was able to speak with one of my teammates ( who is new ) about my work, and what we are doing. I was really looking forward to the market Friday morning, because I thought that many people would be out enjoying the nice weather.  It was raining.  I still went, and just stayed under the covered walkway.  There were few people who ventured out, but I did get to talk with Abdel, a Moroccan, who I have gotten well acquainted with these past years.    He sells baskets and carpets.  Friday, Lilia got back from her ski trip.  She left Wednesday and spent three days skiing in the Pyrenees with her class.  She had a great time.  When I dropped her off, I was able to speak to George, the father of her best friend. It has been a while since we say him, and I enjoyed getting to speak with him again.  Saturday, Angie and I found a babysitter, and went bowling with another couple.  We enjoyed spending time with them.  We met them a year ago, when they moved to Limoux and he joined my basketball team.  We were also spying on the bowling alley, to find out if Angie could take the youth group in Carcassonne bowling sometime.  Afterwards we ate dinner at a Chinese restaurant, that was just excellent.  It was worth the $25 per person.  Sunday services went well in Carcassonne.  We stayed for their lunch fellowship afterwards.  That evening we listened to our sending church's evening services on Skype. Yesterday, after dropping the kids off, I went to the bank in Carcassonne.  We worked on the finances some.  Angie went to visit some friends that afternoon, and I finished reading a book about Catholics.  It was interesting because it was written to be give to Catholics to get them to think about what they believe and how that compares with the Bible.  I've started now to read a book in French about the life of Adoniram Judson, missionary to India. This afternoon we had a man come visit along with his elderly mother.  I was able to share my testimony with him and answer several questions.  He has requested to be baptized by the catholic church.  Thankfully he has also started reading his Bible.  Pray for him and his mother (who is in poor health).  Looking forward to Bible study this evening.  This weekend we will be traveling to Bordeaux to visit with a couple of pastors there.  God bless, JASON

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