““Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)
What an exciting and mega busy start to the Autumn we have had!
After passing his ‘Brevet’ (French end of school exams) in June, our son Rhys was delighted to be accepted at an elite catering school in Biarritz. He started his studies there in September, and in his own words is, "loving life." Rhys is still playing rugby for Anglet and his game is dramatically improving.
Our youngest daughter Scarlett returned to her school in Bayonne in September and settled immediately! What a difference a couple of years can make. Scarlett is almost fluent in French now and has some good friends at school.
Teresa is continuing her intensive French language course which is daily from 9am to 5pm in Bayonne. Teresa is able to witness to her course colleagues who are multi-national, some are refugees from Venezuela, Syria and Afghanistan. Teresa has made good friends from within this group who she now is able to do life with.
After completing all the renovation work in the prayer cave in Biarritz we started our first Sunday service on 9th September! Glory to God! There were 18 in attendance and one lady gave her heart to the Lord - what a blessed and exciting evening that was. Our services run from 4pm with afternoon tea and refreshments and then we head down into the cave itself for the services which are in French and English.
We also run weekly prayer and worship gatherings every Monday night from 7.30pm. Different people come each week, there is a different format which is completely open to the Holy Spirit’s leading. Our heart is to demonstrate how to pray, how to listen to the Holy Spirit, to be completely free in Jesus, pray for the BAB region, the government and France as a whole.
Teresa had to fly back to the UK briefly to take our eldest daughter, Izzi to university in Bournemouth. Izzi will be studying English and media and needs your prayers for support and protection as unfortunately she has been poorly due to a bad cold and then her symptoms were exacerbated due to a tear gas explosion at a nightclub she was at for Freshers week. This was actually on the local Bournemouth news!
Andy Newsome joined us on short term mission for a week to pray and explore the BAB region with a view to possibly moving to the area. Andy visited the local area and beyond to get an insight into the Basque culture which he hadn’t experienced before. Andy shared his testimony during the Sunday service in Biarritz and was able to meet the members of BAB church and use his French skills during the week.
Pastor Dan Rubens from Discovery Church in Penzance, Cornwall returned on short term mission and brought a team of five with him. What a huge encouragement that was to have the team with us, praying, prophesying over ourselves and BAB church and blessing us in church and in the prayer meeting. It was a busy week, visiting the BAB region, praying in various towns, team building exercises as we hiked up 902m to the summit of La Rhune and down again. A similar height as Mount Snowden! We can learn a lot from ourselves and others when pushed physically and emotionally whilst being out in the open in creation, a wonderful memorable experience for everyone.
Service taking place in the War Room
Rhys in his chef outfit for college
Teresa and Izzi in Bournemouth
Andy Newsome surveying La Côte Basque
Missions team from Penzance Discovery Church posing for the camera in Biarritz
Prayer Point Video
Finances – without increased financial support this mission is under threat.
BAB church – salvations, growth, finances, people to come on team.
Rhys and Scarlett –protection, encouragement, good friends.
Izzi – good health, protection, wise choices, a Christian friend.
Its not often that we ask but If you feel going on mission is not your call but perhaps you are led to support us financially, even £10 per month can make all the difference to us meeting our monthly bills. As we increase our activities in 2018/19 and become more intentional about what we are doing, it is at the same time, a very realistic possibility that we may not be able to continue our mission as we could run out of funds - especially with BREXIT playing its part! Monthly sponsorship or one off financial gifts are paid directly into our individual personal account held at Elim Missions.
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