Schaller Family News
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear." 1 John 4:18
We told you last month about French students from several cities taking a mission trip to North Africa with our friend/new believer Adam. Here are some stories:
From our friend and colleague Jeanette: “God truly changed the lives of our French students in a short time. I would estimate that the two weeks there produced about as much spiritual growth as two years without a project.
A foreign student (from Madagascar) gave his life to Jesus with me and Tim. We met him because someone gave us his contact (we had simply asked random people for Christian contacts). When we met him, we discovered that he wasn’t actually a Christian, but he happily put his faith in Christ as he heard the Good News!
We were not able to launch a movement in the country because of challenges with Christian students. The N. African believers did not want to have second meetings with us because they were afraid people would find out they are Christian. These students are quite isolated and fearful. However, we saw God move in many ways. He showed us the importance of prayer with faith ... and responded with concrete and prompt answers.
We started with students and staff who were not experienced in launching spiritual movements. By the end of two weeks, we now have key French students who want to multiply and launch on their campuses back home. Praise God!”
“Hello! My name is Timothée, and I am a student in Lyon, France.
I participated in June in a project with Agapé. This project took place in North Africa. I went with a small team of eight, and our goal was to find local Christian students, so that if they had the vision, they could start an Agapé movement on their campus.
This project has really helped us to grow spiritually, whether it be sharing the Good News or praying. We also learned to work as a team, living together in a context completely different from our own.
This project really allowed me to get out of my comfort zone and grow in the knowledge of God. I discovered that Agapé is not just to meet once a week to feel good between Christians, but it is the announcement of the Gospel to people in real search for God’s love.
In short, I really encourage you to experience such a mission as you have opportunities, but be careful, it will change your life!”
Please also continue praying for Adam and his family. Only a couple of his family members know about his faith so far. Also pray for the believers who live in N. Africa —that they’d be appropriately brave with their faith. It’s a very sensitive and sometimes dangerous topic. But we believe God will protect them and replace fear with faith. Maybe our French students inspired some of them? Lastly please pray for the French believers to keep finding adventure in following Jesus and loving those who are hard to reach.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia and Rachel