Schaller Family News
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer. 29:11
We love receiving visitors! Suffice it to say: we’ve been well-loved this fall. We’ve had friends from La Crosse, Tara’s parents, and friends from Minneapolis visit us so far. Tomorrow Sophie and Léouca will make their annual trip to Rennes. And at the end of December, Tara’s brother and his wife will join us for several days. It’s a great blessing to have such people willing to travel to see us and encourage our hearts.
With each visitor, however, our apartment begins to feel smaller. God’s been slowly opening our hearts to the idea of buying a home here or renting something bigger. Two of the homes we’ve seen recently were so good that we called to make offers on them. However, those homes were sold days (or minutes) before our call. We are patiently waiting for God to provide the right home for us. Are we supposed to stay in our two bedroom apartment? Sometimes we dream about having space for our family to grow, space to host outreaches or worship nights, a guestroom where travelers or missionaries can stay. Should we try to stay in our current neighborhood in the city where prices are high but we already have great relationships? Or should we move outside of town? Only God knows what His plans for us are, but at least we all know this: they are good plans.
This has been a process of growth for us. Our prayers at night with the girls have changed to include “Thank you for this warm, dry apartment to sleep in tonight.” What was meant to be a temporary solution had at one point started to feel like a trap. And now we are thankful for it! Thank you for praying for peace as we look for our family’s next home.
As we’ve been house-hunting, we’ve relied more on neighbors to take care of the girls. One single gal, Marjolaine, has been a good friend of ours for almost a year now. She recently was jobless for about a month, so Tara invited her to hang out beyond babysitting times. She even came to the Agapé office to see the “500 Years of Reformation” expo. It was so easy to talk about the Gospel with her. She seemed hungry to know! She was raised in a traditional church for a few years and was rejected because she didn’t follow all of the traditions. She had a lot of questions that were never answered. Tara couldn’t answer them all, but she could listen. Marjolaine finally heard the central message of Jesus, and she just loved the Good News! It was the aroma of life, and she found it beautiful. Her heart seems soft and hungry for God’s love. Please keep praying for her! Days later, she confided in Tara two great losses that she suffered last November. Those losses represented everything she felt she had in life. Please pray that she’ll turn toward Jesus for hope and a future with Him. Thank you!
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia and Rachel