Our year got started off real well. We had an Australian family arrive the first of the month. I met them at the airport to help them get their luggage back to their rental house. They plan on staying at least a year in France, and we are excited to have other believers attending our English Bible study. We also enjoyed visiting with Ashley, who is a missionary in Kenya, and Holly, in Russia. They were coming to visit Lauren, and we enjoyed getting to know them and spend a little time with them as well. While they were here, Angie took Lauren's English class and I taught the kids Bible study to give Lauren more time with here friends. The 6th, we enjoyed an event called the Gallettes des Rois. I have explained this event before, which celebrates the Wise Men arriving to see Jesus. It was a good time to reconnect with all the AVF people after the Christmas break.
New Year's Day we always measure everyone to see how much we have grown, or not grown.
We had several people over to the house at the start of January as well. We have a couple over on Thursday night, and had a really good visit with them. On everyone's mind was the recent terrorist attacks that had taken place in Paris. Saturday afternoon we had the Australian family over. Sunday afternoon, Angie and I were invited by some friends for some homemade donuts. We enjoyed the visiting, and the donuts of course. Thanks to Lilia for babysitting. Saturdays in January were taken up with Basketball. Micah joined the club in Villemoustaussou. They had games almost every Saturday. I was refereeing as well. The 21st, Lauren's parents arrived, and it is always a pleasure to see them again. We have known them even before we came to France through their Church in North Little Rock that has been very active in our ministry and training missionaries. I took Lauren's kids class while she went and picked them up from the airport. We had a good chance to discuss with Lauren's parents the possibility of Lilia staying with them and attending High school. I'll share more about that in next months update. Thursday, the 22nd, the AVF had a trip to Toulouse together, and I enjoyed visit the beautiful downtown area.
Visiting churches in Toulouse.
The 25th, we were invited to celebrate Australia Day with our new friends. We had a great time and got to meet a lot of people. In other news, we are busy planning for teams that are coming this summer. We are having a basketball camp, and an English camp. There are a lot of things to do to get ready for this teams, but they are always worth it, as we get to present our field to other people and at the same time reach out to people here. To get a little ahead. Lilia had a swimming competition the first of February. You'll have to guess where she is in the picture below, cause I have no idea. God bless, JASON
Je suis américain. Je suis en train d'implanter une église dans le sud de la France. Je suis marié depuis 16 ans à Angie. Nous avons cinq enfants. Lilia a 15 ans. Caleb a 12 ans. Micah a 11 ans, Andrew a 9 ans et notre benjamine - Arianna - est née en 2010. Ils sont mignons. J'ai appris le Français dans une école de langues près de Paris. Je voudrais travailler toute ma vie pour la Gloire du Seigneur.