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Like it says in Ecclesiastes everything in life has seasons. We have been through busy seasons, growing seasons, dry seasons, joyful seasons, difficult and painful seasons and now we find ourselves in the deep throws of a transitional season. (Read behind story here). There’s very little that we are not transitioning in this year…. a new city, culture, climate, job, community, and church. The number of children has stayed the same, but almost everything else has changed. We’ve been told transition like this takes a year and we are determined to transition well. 

Transition is defined by the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another. These first 6 months have been about stabilization. Stabilizing the kids in their school, stabilizing our family in a new country (working through lots of paperwork to do so), getting to know our surroundings and beginning to build a community here in Marseille. (Read more about this in our last newsletter)

In coming to Marseille we knew we would be involved in 3 different areas of ministry. As we finish out this transition period we want to be as intentional as possible while we serve in these areas. We feel like God has asked us to focus on these following areas for the next 6 months so we can move from stabilizing to thriving.

Being Learners…
We are making every effort to learn, learn our surroundings, language, the people, the dynamics of the church, building relationships and learning by serving.

Sowing Seeds…
We look for every opportunity to sow seeds. Sometimes this is babysitting so other staff members can be free to lead, working in our church’s cafe as more hands are needed, developing new ideas for building church and discipleship, web design, adding creativity, creating videos, sharing devotions, encouraging others and building up the team at EPP.

Jeremiah 29:7, “Work for the well-being of the city where I have sent you to and pray to the Lord for this. For if it is well with the city you live in, it will be well with you.”

Psalms 126:5, “Those who plant with tears will gather fruit with songs of joy.”

Listening to His voice…
At the start of this journey, God was speaking very clearly to us to allow space for Him to speak. We want to be extremely intentional in planting ourselves in prayer…. giving space to see and listen to what God wants to say and how He wants us to lead us in this new season.

Birthing new dreams…
God is already stirring up some things in us and revealing things about the next season that we were not expecting. We want to continue to seek Him in these things and allow Him to solidify them in our hearts, but we are SO excited to share them with you in the near future. We appreciate your prayers as these new dreams are being birthed.

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”