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December news & events

4 January 2017 | by Bixby

Home school inspection: While we do not yet have the final results, we think the inspection went quite well overall on December 15. The inspectors were kind, and the Lord definitely helped Miriam as she responded to their questions. Thank you for praying.

Christmas outreach: Thanks so much to those of you who prayed for our December 16th outreach. In lieu of a mass distribution and Discovery Meeting during the month of December, we chose instead to focus our efforts on the friends of our church members and other contacts we have recently made. The Lord did exceedingly above what we expected or hoped for, bringing more than 80 attendees altogether, more than 20 of whom were first-time visitors. Among that group of first-time visitors were two friends’ of Micaiah from school who came with their entire family of seven. We were also thrilled to see three unsaved families from our coworkers’ town of Luzarches come to the event. While the Coles have worked hard to develop redemptive relationships in their neighborhood, it was the first time any of these friends have come to a church event. There were a number of repeat visitors as well, including some former church attenders who have not been to church in a long time and several individuals from some of the home Bible studies we have done in the past. Thank you for continuing to pray for ongoing opportunities with all of these visitors.


Celebrating the holidays with friends and family:
 Following a special service with our brothers and sisters in Christ at the church of Saint-Denis, we were glad to host several people in our home on Christmas day, providing a Christian atmosphere to celebrate the incarnation for some of our church people who have no Christians in their family. We were able to give each of the four individuals who came a Christian book with resources from the French Christian Literature Fund. Thank you for your prayers and participation in this ministry.

Two days after Christmas, our family piled in the car to head down to spend the latter part of the Christmas vacation with Tim’s parents, Bob & Bonnie Bixby. We had a very enjoyable visit with them, and were able to help execute a surprise birthday party for Dad Bixby’s 70th birthday. It was a joy to see him honored and celebrated among Christian friends from the Pessac church and the three other sister churches in the greater Bordeaux area.

 

Recent contacts: Last month, we mentioned the name of Dahlias as one of our contacts from our November Discovery Meeting. While Dahlias was unable to come to our Christmas outreach, she has invited us to visit with her in her home in January. Please pray that God would continue to open the door to this Gospel opportunity. Please continue to pray for the young teenage girl at the Saint-Denis church we mentioned in our last prayer letter. Ruth had a profitable meeting with her, but the situation is complicated, and the entire family is in need of much grace and help from the Lord. She gave birth to a son on December 29. We hope to pay her a visit very soon, and long to see God do a great work in this household. We recently encountered an obstacle with Anabela, particularly because her husband is increasingly hostile to our relationship with her because of our “religion”. Zacharie’s teacher came to our home for the first time just before Christmas for an afternoon of music-making. The Lord gave us an excellent conversation in which she proved to be very open about spiritual things and her godless background. Pray for wisdom for us to know how to proceed, as we must be very careful not to overstep our bounds in the educational setting, and yet long for more opportunities to share the hope of the Gospel with her. We were also able to reconnect with one of Miriam’s former teachers recently. Ruth is very encouraged in her studies with Lydie, who seems to be expressing genuine faith in the Lord.

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