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Désolé, je parle un petit français.
September 16, 2009, 4:19 am
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And so, our adventures here in France often begin with the phrase, “Désolé, je parle un petit français.” (Sorry, I only speak a little French.) Other favorite phrases right now for Jack & Cathy are:  “Je ne comprends pas.” (I don’t understand.) – “Répétez, s’il vous plaît.” (Repeat that, please.) – And of course, our favorite, “Parlez-vous l’anglais ?” (Do you speak English?) Despite our meager French language skills we have successfully set up a home here in Albertville, have gotten a phone and internet installed, opened a bank account, have gone on a couple of day outings, purchased train tickets to visit Hannah at the end of the month, and have been able to buy some delicious food and wines! I guess we are doing ok!

Actually, we are learning new things each day and our French vocabulary and understanding is growing. We feel so blessed to have such a great, Christian language school with patient and supportive teachers and interesting classmates who share our passion for missions and struggles with learning a new language. We know God has placed us here for good reason and we are thankful!

We are working on a brief newsletter which those of you who are on our emailing list will receive soon. (If you want to be added to our emailing list, just email us at and we will add you.) We will also ask any churches on our mailing list to post the newsletter for all to read. In the meantime, here are a few prayer requests:

  • Raymond’s studies at UW-River Falls & training with the swim team (go Falcons!)
  • Hannah’s studies at Black Forest Academy & adjustment to the challenges of a boarding school lifestyle
  • Jack & Cathy’s French studies & finding language partners who will help us practice our French
  • Safe travel as we visit Hannah September 25 – 28

May God bless all of you! Living in the Love of Jesus,

Jack & Cathy


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