Onward

Thank you for praying for us and following along on our blog. We're about to board our Paris to Chicago flight. 

Pat reminded me of something I want to share with you: 

please continue to pray for us as we launch back into normal work and family life. We are tired and sore but joyful for the time we've had here in Paris. 

Pray that we have strength and grace to continue to live in 4th place. 

 

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Work Day 6

It's hard to believe we leave tomorrow. 

Ron started our day with a great devotional reminding us that we've done more than build a building - we've expanded and built our family in Christ. 

"Superb" was the word our French foreman Pedro used as he looked over our completed work. 

its pretty amazing to think that on Monday we started off with almost empty concrete rooms and on Saturday we have two nearly complete apartment areas. Sure they still need to be painted and the plumbing fully completed, flooring... But what a privilege to be poured out in service this way. 

 

So many great experiences this week:

- making new British and French friends

.... One of our British friends said," I sure hope we all get to meet up again before Glory" 

.... Pedro telling us if we are ever in Paris again and stay at a hotel instead of with his family he will get angry with us

- seeing a team of mostly non-professional construction people dive into whatever was asked and do it with servants hearts and excellence. 

 - worshiping with our brothers and sisters to unfamiliar words but songs we know by heart.

- getting a chance to talk at length about ministry with a fellow worship leader

oh yeah - and the food and culture weren't bad either 😉 

Tonight we'll take part in an outreach where a couple of us will share our faith journey and a couple songs. 

it will be a late night and then a very early morning to the airport, so I'm posting prior to the outreach. 

God is good. God is alive. God loves the French. He loves all people everywhere.

And He has been and is at work through us and in us to expand His kingdom.

This week has God has used us and changed us.

To Him be the glory! 

for the team, 

Doug

 

Written anonymously on the completed apartment wall

Written anonymously on the completed apartment wall

Work Day 5

A wonderful devotional by DuWayne Dahlke began our day, reminding us that by being faithful to God's call we are making a difference - whether we are incredibly skilled and giving the team direction, or sweeping the floor. Then we started our first day back as a full team. 

Much was accomplished yesterday, but much remains of the work to be done.

walls are up and insulated but plumbing still has a way to go. Once empty spaces now look like apartments in progress. Mudding and taping has begun. There are still quite a bit of jovial interactions but with less time left here the intensity of our pace has picked up. We've been going full throttle, but tomorrow even amidst our tiredness we are looking to God to provide us with fresh wind and a new 'gear' to shift into - one we cannot muster in our own strength.

its been a great week of meeting new friends and building and our work reminds me of this truth:

-the Gospel has (and is) accomplishing much, but much remains of the work to be done... And we can only do this work in the power of the Spirit, not our own effort or skills or labor. 

tomorrow, instead of a scheduled half day, we will press on with a full work day followed by an evening outreach to young adults.

We sure would appreciate your prayers for continued strength, efficiency, quality work and more importantly the camaraderie and relational health we have enjoyed to this point. 

 

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Work day 4 / Culture Day 2

Again today, half our team stayed at the church to continue the work while the other half were able to take in the culture of Paris - a wonderful city with amazing food, and art infused into the architecture as well as art available on the city streets.

As part of our walk, we stopped at a restaurant called Le Procope, founded in 1686. We sipped coffee in the same restaurant that held some of the conversations integral to both the French and American revolutions. A restaurant where notables such as Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, and Robespierre discussed ideas that would change the world.

Such a beautiful country and people - and our hope for the work we're doing along with our partner church is the see the beauty of the Gospel become the desire of all who call France their homeland.

The Gospel is the power of salvation for all who believe and God is using it to change the world in more profound and eternal ways than the historic conversations held in Le Procope.

Tomorrow we all put our hands back to the work before us, praying God will use it to expand His kingdom.

Soli Deo Gloria (to God alone be the glory)

 

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