Schaller Family News
"Be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2
Here is a quick summary of our trip to the national Agapé staff conference in the South of France. This list is in order of least awesome to most awesome: Lydia had fever for a few days, Rachel got pink eye, Lydia puked in the car, we got rear-ended (our trailer hitch was finally useful), the girls slept decently, the daycare was well-thought through, the girls liked daycare, Tara got to participate significantly in the conference, the theme was Emotional Intelligence, Trent smoothly ran the visual production, one couple got engaged, we got to worship the Almighty, and we saw Him at work in our minds.
We invite you to try this exercise on paper: List the things you’ve silently said to yourself during the past couple hours. Write 7-10 of them. Which were positive and which were negative? How do these line up with God’s Word and the way He views you?
We rubbed shoulders with staff from all over France. Some are starting new ministries with Agapé; some are only here for a year. Some, like a man named Ian, began the ministry 45 years ago. And some went from atheist to Christian thanks to those entrepreneurs 45 years ago. Behind each face is a mind, a canvas. What happens on that canvas is immeasurably important, and it can start a chain reaction like Ian’s. Who is in charge of your canvas/your thought life? Tara got to talk with one new colleague, who, not-so-long-ago had seriously considered suicide. She is actively trusting Jesus to paint over the lies in her mind with truth. Even while she’s feeling “messy,” He makes all things new!
Tara was grateful to be a small part of this woman’s healing process. And as they chatted at length nearly in a whisper, Tara couldn’t help but be grateful that she didn’t have to keep one eye on small children. God does work powerfully with children around, but it was nice to see the Lord’s work in an all-adult environment too.
Last month we asked for prayer as Trent prepared to lead a Bible study for a teenage youth-group. It was incredible to see a dozen students enjoy themselves and encourage each other in faith. Some travelled an hour to be there, as their options are few here in France. We read about David being chosen by God to be the next king, and fighting Goliath, still as a boy. One question was “How does David’s life parallel that of Jesus?” The answer came from the youngest in the group, Simon. He said, “David defeating the giant is like Christ defeating death.” These students face many giants in their lives; thank you for praying for their faith as they learn to walk with Jesus. After the study, Gabe (age 15, brother of our favorite babysitter) approached me with a request. He would like to spend a month or two in an English-speaking country this summer. If you would like to hear more, we’d be happy to send you his introduction letter. Thank you!
Also please pray for Tara who will be traveling with a friend to Spain from March 22-26th for a Christian mom’s conference. Merci!
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia and Rachel