Schaller Family News
A first time for everything
How cold is it at night where you live? Here in Rennes, the temperature is around 23° Fahrenheit.
Not everybody has a warm place to sleep or food to eat. One of the regular events for Agapé Campus is an evening service outreach they call “J’ai Faim.” In English we would call it “I am hungry.” Agapé France started the event years ago, and some secular student groups have started to join us. We meet at a church downtown to prepare food, clothing, and blankets to distribute to people living on the street. Tara has participated before, but this month Trent volunteered.
Usually a dozen volunteers show up, and then they are divided into groups. Trent’s group of three met some people in a parking lot and handed out sandwiches. Stéphanie, another Agapé staff member, asked them for news of their friend who was recently in the hospital. Clearly they knew her and appreciated how she cares for them, even remembering details about their lives.
One bank breezeway was open to allow access to the 24 hour ATM. A man with a sleeping bag had set up camp inside. He accepted our offer of soup and coffee, and we sat down with him. The automatic door would open occasionally as people walked by outside.
Gérard told us his story over the sound of the forced air heater. He has worked all around Europe and has two adult children. He does not like the shelters, saying that he feels like the current refugee situation is making things worse. Gérard finds it hard to believe in a good God when the world is like this. We were not there for a debate, but suggested that maybe a good God is offering us a solution. After a good chat with Gérard, we went back to the church to clean up. Chances are good we will see Gérard again and continue the conversation. Over time we get to know people, listen to them, and share the love of Christ in word and deed. Thank you for praying for Gérard and others in his situation.
There are lots of upcoming events that you can join us in prayer for. Trent will be leading a Bible study this Saturday for the teens in our church. This will be his first time in French, and we pray that God will lead his preparation today and the discussion on Saturday. Tara will be starting a discovery Bible study with Mauricette, who just returned from a 6-week trip. Also pray that the cancer in Milo’s life would actually bless them both. God is using it to draw them close, so close.
Our family will be travelling in February to a staff conference in the south of France. We always seem to get unusually sick during that week, so let’s pray for health and that the girls will enjoy the kids’ program. Trent will be running the technology during the conference, and Tara is hoping to draw close to the Lord with few distractions.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia and Rachel