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Hello everyone! We feel really at home here in France. Everyone here is so warm and friendly. We are finding that the French people of the Alps are super hearty, friendly, down to earth people. We can’t wait until we can have some substantial conversation with our neighbors in French! We had our French placement testing this past Thursday and Jack will be in the beginner group and I (Cathy) will be in the intermediate group. This may sound good to all of you, but I am thinking, “What in the world is going on??!!!!” Once I actually start classes next week, I may very well be demoted! We’ll see what happens.
Our French school has trained and sent out over 2,000 missionaries since the school was founded over 40 years ago. Our French teachers are very encouraging and are strong Christians. They reminded us that learning French is not our number one priority – sharing the Gospel is! French is our number two priority and is a tool to share the Gospel. Our teachers see themselves as missionaries in the work that they do to teach missionaries heading to French speaking countries the language. They know that their students have been called to a more “complicated” type of ministry in that we need to learn another language. Please pray for us as we start our French lessons in earnest this week.
We went on our first outing today. We took a train to Annecy, France which is about an hour from here. It was an amazingly beautiful city with a huge alpine lake – Lac D’Annecy. The water was turquoise blue and the city is surrounded by mountains, there were canals throughout the city and the architecture was beautiful – some of it dating back to the 1200s!
We are thankful that we have had very good communication with Raymond & Hannah. They are doing well and are adjusting to their new surroundings and schools. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue to adjust to everything new in their lives. We do miss one another a lot!!
Well – that’s it for now. God’s blessings to all of you!
Jack & Cathy
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