July 2011

A farewell to the French Alps: a hike above Chamonix and across from Mont Blanc the week before we moved. More pictures are posted on our Flickr site. Click “slideshow” on the top right for best viewing. Enjoy!

A lake in the Alps

We have diplomas, so therefore we can now officially speak and understand French 🙂 ! The French government regulates the language into three levels: basic (A1 and A2), abstract thought (B1 and B2), and fluency (C1 and C2). In response to your prayers God enabled Slick to test at the “cum laude” level of B1+ and Donna at the “sigma cum laude” level of A2+. We much appreciate your petitions on our behalf: we often observed that even though God frequently led us to spend our time ministering elsewhere, He enabled our minds to efficiently absorb what we needed to know.

In answer to your prayers, camp has been a great opportunity to serve both kids and staff, in addition to furthering our language skills. We appreciate your continued prayers to that end, as well as for Michaiel, a staff member Slick was able to share the Gospel with. (The camp is Christian-based, but not everyone here is a believer.)

Also, logistical details of exiting France and moving to Africa continue to crop up for which we seek God’s continued wisdom and endurance. Packing and moving is not fun! And transition times are especially challenging as we try to do things in a foreign environment. We would ask for prayer specifically directed against the enemy’s attempts to mess with our communication as a couple and for an abundance of grace each for the other and for Zoe!