Schaller Family News
"Your wife Sarah will indeed bear you a son, and you are to name him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant." Genesis 17:19
Tara and Manon first bonded when they kept their 4-year-olds home from an overnight, parentless school trip. Manon is very quiet, but she has always said hello to Tara at school with a shy smile. Lately Manon, Tara, and the six kids have been getting together to play in our neighborhood.
Until recently, we’ve always spoken in French. But now Tara’s discovered that Manon’s mother was British, and Manon is fluent in English. Boy that makes conversations easier! However, since Manon’s children speak French and Arabic, we speak French when the children are near.
We sat on a mat by the playground while the big kids played and Tessa rummaged through Tara’s purse. Tara offered Manon some fruit, and she politely declined because of Ramadan. Tara asked how they observe Ramadan, and we discussed at length how powerful fasting can be. Tara then asked, “Were you raised in a Muslim family?” suspecting that with a British mother and French father, maybe she wasn’t. Manon explained that she grew up in a French-Catholic household. In her early twenties, she began researching other faiths, and she was really drawn to Islam. She soon met her future husband, and the rest is history. We had a wonderful conversation about her faith and how her family reacted. One can only imagine how difficult that must have been. Tara asked, “Has Islam fulfilled everything you hoped it would?” Manon replied, “Yes, definitely.”
Although Manon never asked about Tara’s faith, she was happy to hear that Christians also fast. Tara mentioned that she understands (on a smaller scale) what it’s like to seek truth while others raise eyebrows, as Tara became a Christian about 15 years ago. While we love this family and greatly enjoy learning about them, please pray that they will find a wellspring of life in Christ. Nothing is impossible!
The following day, Manon whispered to Tara at school, “I’m actually not fasting this Ramadan… I’m pregnant! ...and no one here knows yet.” Tara looked into her sweet face framed by a burka and listened to such wonderful news in her British accent. It’s clear that our friendship is very important to us both. We both feel on the fringe of our communities. Please pray we can stay connected to them even when our family moves and switches schools this fall.
Please keep praying for Milo and the chemotherapy. In their 42 years together, Milo and Mauricette have never talked about God. “It’s never come up,” she says, “I have no idea what he thinks. I still don’t know how to bring it up.” Mauricette had a health-scare, so Tara and our friend Catherine prayed with her. They spent hours chatting, and at the end of it, Mauricette said, “I really do want to get to know this God. I think it’s time I really started taking steps and not just wishing I could.” That following Saturday she came with Tara to a womens’ time at church. To be continued...
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia, Rachel and Tessa