So here we are – our home for the foreseeable future. The road was long, with many a winding turn! But we are now well settled in the village/town of Calvisson (pop. 4500-5000).
The boys have settled generally well into a new environment and routine, though it has been tiring! Joshua loves having baguette with chocolate pieces for ‘gouter’ (snack) in the afternoon… Ben attends school in the morning, and has got over his initial habit of speaking English to everyone! Samuel keeps us entertained with his grooving whenever any music’s on, and 16-month-old singing.
Our sense of being ‘called’ here has greatly been reinforced by several aspects: the strong ‘protestant’ heritage that is all around us, the shared dreaming and potential for the future with our colleague here, the potent symbols of God’s presence (the numerous fountains and public washing-spaces (‘streams of living water’) and some of the initial contacts that we have been led to.
It’s certainly an adjustment, settling into new rhythms and patterns of work, getting to know folk associated with the small church setting, learning French songs and preaching in French, establishing children’s work. It is taking (and will take) time, but we are determined to seek first God’s Kingdom. We were encouraged this morning by the text from John 15:16, which I leave you as an encouragement:
Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name”.