Schaller Family News
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." Eph. 2:8-9
Neighbor families around here can be hard to keep in touch with, especially if both parents work outside of the home. Such is the case with our friends Céline, Olivier, and their two children. Four years ago, Céline was the first and only mom at the playground to ask for Tara’s name. She invited Tara and Lydia inside for tea. Tara learned that Céline hadn’t been to church since she was a child. She had, however, read a book written by a monk, and she was open to talking about faith. Olivier had no spiritual background at all. He’s the jolly guy on the playground who loves to teach new games.
After years of hellos, we finally had an impromptu barbeque. The sun was setting, the food was cooking, and the kids were covered in sand. Somehow our conversation turned from politics to an expo about the Reformation that is currently displayed all over France.
“What is this expo about? What church do you go to?” Céline asked several questions. Trent told her that 500 years ago (1517), a man named Martin Luther posted the “Ninety-five Theses” on a church door in Wittenberg. Luther’s ideas challenged some church practices which were not found in scripture, namely purchasing favor with God. This paper became massively re-printed in Europe, and it started the Protestant Reformation.
Céline had more questions. Tara summarized, “While there are lots of little differences, the thing that matters most is the issue of salvation. How does one become right with God? We believe that salvation comes only through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Out of love, he died to pay for our sins. Knowing this love is what compels Christians to love others and live a good life.” We talked for a few more minutes about whether good works are a means to salvation or a product of salvation. Céline was very grateful to finally hear this message clearly and concisely. We joked that it’s easy to do with such limited French.
Reflecting on the verse from Ephesians, Olivier said, “Well I don’t believe in God, nor do I believe there isn’t a God. I’m not sure what that makes me. But to me, this verse makes sense because a faith based on merit would lead to pride.” These two are warm, thoughtful people. Please pray that we’ll love them well, listen well, and continue to share our hope with them!
Laurence has her full support, so she officially joins the team this week as an intern. Thanks for praying for her!
“Bouge ta France” was a worship and training weekend for all Evangelical youth in France. 1200 young people gathered in a stadium for the event. Praise God! Pray for “roots and wings” on these 1200.
Pray for our Expo about “500 Years of Reformation.” It’s currently being hosted in churches, city halls, and universities all around France.
This week we celebrated two wonderful years with Miss Rachel Rose!
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia and Rachel