After a long day yesterday, it was a bit difficult to get up this morning, but the team was incredibly cheerful as they arrived at the work site.
Everyone brought his/her best and we even got more accomplished today than we thought we would have.
At noon Pastor Doug and Pastor Brian and Elijah met with the pastoral staff from our French church. We discussed different ministry questions that growing churches wrestle with, as well as what it looks like for a growing church to remain faithful and fruitful.
This afternoon Barb and Julie used their salon skills to give haircuts and nail treatments to some missionary women whose finances have not allowed them such. What a blessing to these women to have our team serve them in this way.
We also had a great time of encouraging one another at a group "trip debrief" session and many shared lessons we've learned from God and ways we've seen Him at work while here.
In my last post I mentioned Fred.
Before coming to know the Lord, Fred was often deep in trouble for graffiti tagging that he did around the area. But his life has been completely changed by Jesus. Here is a picture of his van which sits outside the new church when he comes to help.
it's a message that is not just something simply painted on the side of the van, but a truth that is beginning to be recognized and embraced more and more in this area.
How humbling that God is allowing us to be a part of what he is doing here in France!