Saturday, June 06, 2009

Hannah is here

• A year or so ago I got an email out of the blue from a girl in one of the southern States who wanted to come and visit us. She had been born into a Christian community there but wanted to come and see Europe. We corresponded a little but in the end it didn't work for her out at that time.

Hannah wrote again a few weeks back saying she's been working for the past nine months here in France as an au pair girl and that, before she went home she wanted to come and meet us all. She was in Besançon so I gave her directions to get here by train and she arrived at 15:17 yesterday afternoon.

She has a wonderful effusive personality and seems happy with everything. Last night she helped Nat make the cheese and went on about how goat's cheese is her favorite kind.

• Today is the Big Day for Becky! She wrote three pieces of music for a contest she a couple of months ago and she's taught the children to sing it. After working things out with the director of the conservatory today is the day they're all going to make a recording of these songs. She's put a great deal of time and effort into these pieces and has looked forward to this day for a long time—her very own CD! I'll let you know the results when I have them.

• Raph is planning to take all the little ones over to the orchard to pick cherries. Yesterday they went to "number 51" to pick strawberries for the third time, I believe, this year. Now they are starting to fade out we can see it's cherry-picking time. We have one tree at the bottom of the garden, another couple of trees on the island, and a couple more in the orchard. I'll ask Raph to take some pictures for you!

• Over this past week I have been working a lot on our main French web site that we've had up for eight or nine years now. Two main changes were made this week: I got a translation from a brother in Quebec who's helped us a lot in the past with T. Austin-Sparks stuff so I dusted off that section (it had been put into moth-balls the past couple of years) and added his new article, called "The Christ, the Antichrist, and the Church." If your French is up to it, you can read his work here.

The other change is the addition of a new section called the "Young People's Corner" written, compiled, and edited exclusively by Becky and Claire. They've chosen some gorgeous pictures to decorate the menus and all the items are listed even though most of the actual articles have not been prepared yet. We'll get to them as I get time. It'd be very encouraging for Becky to know what you think of her work so go see it here and drop her a line here.

• Finally, you could do us all a great favour by passing on the web site address to any francophones you may know or encounter. It is our main outreach to French-speaking Christians with words of encouragement, dedication, and prayer. Just remember to recommend to them—and may God bless you all!

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