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"By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established." Proverbs 24:3
We moved in June. For the first time ever, we live in a house, and it has a yard! It’s been quite a blessing, especially this Covid summer. Also, the school (a two minute walk) was open just for June, which was perfect. The virus was almost non-existent in our region. We were able to meet some neighbors while keeping a distance. Masks were not required back then, and life was “normal” again. We looked at flights to the states, but God made it clear that we would stay put. He provided a discovery-filled summer.
Sometimes we wonder how in the world we had the energy to strip, finish and repaint nearly every wall and ceiling. One of the workers who installed our kitchen is a believer from Poland. Irek, with his very simple French, shared stories of how great God is. Our houses are really God’s, and we get to live in them. Tara thanked Irek many times for his work, and he’d always say, “It’s God who allows me.” Tara will always appreciate how his simple words re-framed her mentality about God’s purposes for this home.
Last month we asked for prayer as Mauricette was planning to join us for an online church service. She ended up coming only for lunch. Rachel asked while chewing, “Where did Papy Milo go? Mauricette replied, “He’s no longer here, my dear. He died.” Again Rachel asked where he went, and again Mauricette said he’s no longer here. We looked at Rachel and added, “He is somewhere we can’t see right now. And we know that God loves him more than we can imagine.” Trent got to share some neat things he’s been learning lately about not knowing everything but trusting the One who does.
Mauricette, as usual, enjoyed hearing what we’re learning in scripture. However, she says she has no motivation to pursue God or even get out of bed. Grieving her husband, sister, four friends (three from Covid), losing us as neighbors, dealing with the pandemic and the flood which ruined her apartment is all too much. Oh, and she has cancer. We feel at a loss as to how we can love her well. It never feels like enough. Jesus is enough. She needs him so much, yet she depends on us to fill her. Let’s keep praying for our dear “Mamie!”
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia, Rachel and Tessa