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by: Winterville Baptist

10/12/2018

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22 years ago, I (Denise) came to France on a mission trip while I was still a student in undergrad at John Brown University. I came with a group to help my roommate’s (Kristin) parents start a business so they could be tentmakers in the center of France. Suspicions of outsiders, especially missionaries were high in the area, and so they wanted to start a business where they would be accepted amongst the community. We were meant to start basic construction on a bed and breakfast during our mission trip. Unfortunately, the permission to start building didn’t come on time, so instead, we started clearing out the underbrush so that future guests would be able to walk between the trees. Roy and I got to visit this site in August during a school break. We experienced the bed and breakfast firsthand and even played frisbee golf in the timber we had cleared amongst the log cabins! We got to see and experience the finished product and hear news that a small church has now formed in the area! There have been lots of trials along the way, but God has been faithful to them!

This was really encouraging to me! I loved being able to see the completed vision, and yet still knowing that God is not done working in the hearts of the people there! God has placed a vision for the Fulani in our hearts and we are excited that God has plans to use us!

Roy and I have also had some chances to visit a couple beautiful cathedrals here in France. They are indeed beautiful, and important not to miss on a visit here! However, as Roy and I have visited these we are saddened to see them filled with many who come to marvel at the architecture but who don’t stop to worship God. We know that God doesn’t seek impressive architecture, he seeks hearts. The number of Christians here seems small and ministry here can be slow to build trust. There are small congregations scattered around. We are encouraged to be a part of one such church and see them striving to reach the lost here in France! In fact, about half of our classmates learning French will be missionaries in France reaching specific populations and starting small churches. Most of the other half plan to serve in francophone countries in Africa like us. France is also a ripe place for harvest. Many immigrants have come here, especially from French speaking African nations where it is difficult to share the gospel. Now that these people are in transition and do not have some of the same societal pressures they can have less obstacles to pursue truth and not just accept what they have always been taught. Please pray with us for open hearts for the gospel and for the love of Christ to spread throughout all peoples here in France!

Our French classes are going well! We can certainly feel our brains gearing more towards French. We took a test last month and it showed that we both have progressed from being “beginners” (A1) to “advanced elementary” (A2) in reading, writing and comprehension (and even “intermediate” (B1) in some sections)! While it still takes a lot of work to communicate more than the basic ideas, we are able to communicate our basic needs, and hear basic ideas also! While we are learning French Abby is picking up words in both languages. It is so cute to hear her greet, “Bonjour” or say good-bye, “Au revoir.” She also is learning how to string new words together, like black train and two shoes. Really, she is cute no matter what she does!

Pray for us as we continue to seek out places of service to reach the Fulani people. Pray for God to be working in our hearts to prepare us and for God to prepare the hearts of the Fulani for His Word. We have had some good conversations with missionaries on the field and look forward to having some plans to report to you! In the meantime, we have been encouraged to stay the course on our language studies through April. Pray for us to keep our focus and to be able to grasp the language well. And praise God with us for all of you who are our wonderful prayer warriors and supporters that God has on our team! You all are a part of God’s vision too!

We also ask that you keep in your prayers the many who are recovering from Hurricane Florence which has affected many in North Carolina near where we lived (Greenville) and where Roy grew up (Fayetteville). I am writing this letter while the hurricane is still passing through and we’ve heard of lots of flooding and power outages.

Excited to be a part of God’s vision,
Denise, Roy and Abby

Prayer Card 2018

Please use the following link to download the 2018 Prayer Card:
Thagard 2018 Prayer Card

If you would like a copy mailed to you, please email CVM at PL@cvmusa.org with "Prayer Card" in the subject line.

Please include in the body of the email the following information:
- Which field staff member's prayer card you would like (ie:Thagard)
- Your name and mailing address

Thank you.

Roy, Denise, and Abby
Les Cèdres
17 Voie de Wissous
91300 Massy
FRANCE

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22 years ago, I (Denise) came to France on a mission trip while I was still a student in undergrad at John Brown University. I came with a group to help my roommate’s (Kristin) parents start a business so they could be tentmakers in the center of France. Suspicions of outsiders, especially missionaries were high in the area, and so they wanted to start a business where they would be accepted amongst the community. We were meant to start basic construction on a bed and breakfast during our mission trip. Unfortunately, the permission to start building didn’t come on time, so instead, we started clearing out the underbrush so that future guests would be able to walk between the trees. Roy and I got to visit this site in August during a school break. We experienced the bed and breakfast firsthand and even played frisbee golf in the timber we had cleared amongst the log cabins! We got to see and experience the finished product and hear news that a small church has now formed in the area! There have been lots of trials along the way, but God has been faithful to them!

This was really encouraging to me! I loved being able to see the completed vision, and yet still knowing that God is not done working in the hearts of the people there! God has placed a vision for the Fulani in our hearts and we are excited that God has plans to use us!

Roy and I have also had some chances to visit a couple beautiful cathedrals here in France. They are indeed beautiful, and important not to miss on a visit here! However, as Roy and I have visited these we are saddened to see them filled with many who come to marvel at the architecture but who don’t stop to worship God. We know that God doesn’t seek impressive architecture, he seeks hearts. The number of Christians here seems small and ministry here can be slow to build trust. There are small congregations scattered around. We are encouraged to be a part of one such church and see them striving to reach the lost here in France! In fact, about half of our classmates learning French will be missionaries in France reaching specific populations and starting small churches. Most of the other half plan to serve in francophone countries in Africa like us. France is also a ripe place for harvest. Many immigrants have come here, especially from French speaking African nations where it is difficult to share the gospel. Now that these people are in transition and do not have some of the same societal pressures they can have less obstacles to pursue truth and not just accept what they have always been taught. Please pray with us for open hearts for the gospel and for the love of Christ to spread throughout all peoples here in France!

Our French classes are going well! We can certainly feel our brains gearing more towards French. We took a test last month and it showed that we both have progressed from being “beginners” (A1) to “advanced elementary” (A2) in reading, writing and comprehension (and even “intermediate” (B1) in some sections)! While it still takes a lot of work to communicate more than the basic ideas, we are able to communicate our basic needs, and hear basic ideas also! While we are learning French Abby is picking up words in both languages. It is so cute to hear her greet, “Bonjour” or say good-bye, “Au revoir.” She also is learning how to string new words together, like black train and two shoes. Really, she is cute no matter what she does!

Pray for us as we continue to seek out places of service to reach the Fulani people. Pray for God to be working in our hearts to prepare us and for God to prepare the hearts of the Fulani for His Word. We have had some good conversations with missionaries on the field and look forward to having some plans to report to you! In the meantime, we have been encouraged to stay the course on our language studies through April. Pray for us to keep our focus and to be able to grasp the language well. And praise God with us for all of you who are our wonderful prayer warriors and supporters that God has on our team! You all are a part of God’s vision too!

We also ask that you keep in your prayers the many who are recovering from Hurricane Florence which has affected many in North Carolina near where we lived (Greenville) and where Roy grew up (Fayetteville). I am writing this letter while the hurricane is still passing through and we’ve heard of lots of flooding and power outages.

Excited to be a part of God’s vision,
Denise, Roy and Abby

Prayer Card 2018

Please use the following link to download the 2018 Prayer Card:
Thagard 2018 Prayer Card

If you would like a copy mailed to you, please email CVM at PL@cvmusa.org with "Prayer Card" in the subject line.

Please include in the body of the email the following information:
- Which field staff member's prayer card you would like (ie:Thagard)
- Your name and mailing address

Thank you.

Roy, Denise, and Abby
Les Cèdres
17 Voie de Wissous
91300 Massy
FRANCE

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