Schaller Family News
"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3
Mauricette, laying on Lydia’s bed, looked at Tara with tears in her eyes. “I want to believe this,” she said, “It is so beautiful.” Trent was gone for the weekend, and Mauricette was reading “The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross” to the girls. “You can believe, Mamie,” Tara said, “What is holding you back?” They talked at length about what she was taught as a child in foster care and her adoptive family. “I just don’t know enough,” she repeated as Rachel fell asleep next to them.
The following morning, she joined Tara and the kids for the first half of the “Jesus film.” We turned it off when a scary part started. Mauricette seemed flustered. “I want to read these stories in the actual Bible.” She made plans with Tara to read Luke chapter 1.
She had to cancel the Bible study and dinner plans with us because Milo was not doing well. We have now given them an open invitation to eat with us anytime they’re able.
A week later Tara saw her in the hallway. “I just need God to be simple and plain with me,” Mauricette sighed deeply. “You know, everyone around me is dying. My sister, friends, their spouses, and even a friend’s child. And there’s Milo, and he just doesn’t have any energy left. I’m really scared. I just need it to be simple, like a child.” Tara listened, hugged her, and reminded her that she is God’s child. “I cannot imagine what you’re going through. The good news is that Jesus wants us to have faith like a child. He says that! His message is simple. God wants a relationship with us. That’s it.” They talked about the criminal on the cross next to Jesus. He simply knew who Jesus was. Did he have all the answers? Did he merit salvation in any way? Tara reached into her purse and was surprised there was a Gospel tract right there. Mauricette gladly accepted it.
Trent and “Mamie” recently crossed paths in the garage. “I want to talk to Milo about God,” she said, “I don’t know what to say. I don’t think I’m ready. I just don’t know enough.” Trent reassured her, “It’s good that you’re humble and recognizing that this is a starting point. That’s the right attitude. Sometimes our view of faith is really just people overcomplicating things. God is someone we can know and we can talk to.” She replied, “That’s what I do. I just pray like He’s there in the room with me.”
Trent said if Milo’s ever curious or wants to chat, we are here. He encouraged her to ask Milo what he thinks about God, and see what he says. Mauricette has said she wants to believe. Maybe she’s holding herself back in hopes of beginning her faith journey with Milo. Thanks for continuing to pray for our dear neighbors!
You may be wondering about our house hunt. God has provided! Last week we signed (round 1 of 2) on a house that’s one mile from our apartment. Mauricette feels sick that we are leaving her. We reminded her that by staying in Rennes, we are in no way trying to leave her. Please pray that Jesus will be her rock when she feels lonely. Keep praying for God to break through in Milo’s heart. We just got word that the brutal rounds of chemotherapy are finally helping! Lastly, please pray that a bank will give us a good home loan. Thank you for all your support! It means a lot!
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia, Rachel and Tessa