Dear Friends,April, 2009
Easter means that we can have confidence in a Sovereign God who has conquered death. What hope that gives us! He is in control! I’ve been wrestling with this concept of God’s control lately. I just finished a 60-day online Bible study called ‘The Lord’s Table’ which I highly recommend. The whole purpose of the course is to teach us to feast on the Lord instead of on anything else we might seek to ‘fill us’, things that can become ‘idols’ in our lives. The Lord showed me that one idol I still need to let loose of is the desire to control things over which I have no control. It comes down to an issue of trust. Do I truly believe God is sovereign? Here’s a verse I’ve been meditating on:
“May the God of hope fill you with all peace and joy as you trust Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Paul is excited to see the church becoming more and more relational. Small discipleship
groups are springing up, the Welcome Committee is doing a good job with newcomers,
and there is an overall sense of this small body of Christ learning how to love each other more deeply. The Brethren Church in Lyon has always been
strong on teaching; it's exciting to watch the church
sink deeper roots in the concept of church life and fellowship.
Encouragements: a group of young women, several of whom I have discipled in the past, are meeting on Sunday afternoons before the worship service to study and pray together.
Several young men whom Paul sees regularly are eager to grow in Christ.
Philippe, a divorced father of three, found out a month ago, while at a regular check-up, that he has acute leukemia. His faith in Christ as he goes through this trial has encouraged us greatly and we have also rejoiced to see the members of our church and small group reach out to him in many ways. Still the news is devastating. Please pray for Philippe, that his treatment would be effective and that he would continue to hold tight to Jesus.
In March, Paul and I had the privilege of spending 5 days in Holland with my Dutch
publisher as I spoke and signed copies of my novella, Waiting for Peter.
For a glimpse of that week,
My new novel, Words Unspoken, will be available in bookstores starting May 1st. I won’t be coming home for signings this year, so I’d appreciate anything you can do to spread the word. I’ll be sending out a detailed letter to my readers soon. If you’d like to be on that mailing list, sign up here. At the request of my publisher, I've also created a short You Tube video about my writing:
You can read the first two chapters of the novel here on my website:
Paul will be the speaker at a Teen Ranch youth retreat with the junior high group from
another church in Lyon, May 23-24. He was the speaker last year, and they liked him so much that they invited him back. (We won’t mention that he enjoyed the activities too!)
The third annual Lifesprings Retreat is taking place again in Lyon. This retreat is specifically for anglophone Christian women living overseas and has been a great source of encouragement the past two years. Please pray for all those involved in the organization.
Andrew and Christopher are coming to France this summer! Andrew flies in to Lyon on May 10 and we’ll drive him to Metz (4 hours north) the next day where he will begin taking engineering classes at Georgia Tech’s French branch. He's excited for this opportunity to be back in France, studying engineering with time to come home on weekends.
Chris will be arriving on May 14 and is looking for a summer job here in Lyon. Then he will be a counselor at English Camp, July 18-August 1. This is the wonderful camp that both Andrew and Chris attended for years—open to kids who are in the French school system but whose parents are anglophone. He is so excited to give back to a place that was very important to him as an 'MK'.
And yes, Paul and I are thrilled to have the boys on this side of the ocean for a little while!
With great joy in our Risen Lord,
Elizabeth and Paul
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