Schaller Family News
"Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God."
“I have a friend who’s trying to improve her English,” said Juliana to Tara. “Normally I eat lunch with her on Mondays, but I can’t this week. Could you fill in for me?” Days later Tara met Marie at a jam-packed organic restaurant. Marie is about 50, has long curly hair, bikes everywhere, is a mom, and works as a physical therapist. They greeted each other like old friends.
As it turns out, the reason she’s working on her English is for an upcoming trip to Greece. She’ll participate in a class that teaches yoga and spiritual healing. Ever since her divorce a couple years ago, she’s been searching for something. “I believe love can heal, and if we all focus on loving each other, ourselves, and the planet, we’ll be healed.” We had a delightful conversation about these ideas. Tara shared that she’s a Christ-follower and believes in the power of God’s love. Jesus preached many of the same things that Marie was preaching, saying he is the source of such love and healing. His love knows no bounds. “Confess your sins to one another so that you may be healed” is a verse that implies we need community, repentance of sin, and acceptance before we will surely see healing in our lives.
Our lunch was much too short. We both agreed to meet again, and Tara invited Marie to a soirée called “Éveil de Sens” (Awakening the Senses) which Agapé was preparing. It was to be a casual evening with tables of 6 serving bread, wine, and cheese while discussing “the source and meaning of life” in a relaxed setting. Marie was quite interested in coming, but unfortunately the date didn’t work for her. Later she told Tara several times, “Please continue inviting me to things like that!”
As Trent was preparing the logistical side of the soirée, Tara was inviting everyone in her life, including people she hadn’t seen in years. Mauricette signed up immediately. Milo would not be able to attend a night event. Marjolaine, our other neighbor, said she’d like to come. Unfortunately she had a training program that evening. One of the medical ladies who takes Tara’s blood wanted to come and had even heard of Agapé through her Catholic church. Though she couldn’t come, it opened up a very sweet conversation that we get to continue once a month. Annie, a Chinese friend we hadn’t seen in years, signed up! Lastly, two days before the event, Tara saw a huge pile of invitations sitting at the office. After praying for a moment, “Lord, who on earth could I give these to?” the Lord said, “the neighborhood of the event venue.” So in the rain, Tara delivered these invitations to the homes and apartments near the school where Éveil de Sens was to take place. She prayed that even if people didn’t come, that the words on the invitation would cause them to think about the meaning and source of life. And deep down she prayed that at least one person would come.
To be continued…
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia, Rachel and Sweet Pea