Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Missionaries in Strasbourg

I've been referring to "the missionary team" a lot, but realized I haven't put any names or faces to the team. So without further ado, let me tell you a little bit about the current team.  I wish I took more photos of the team, because the ones I got didn't include everyone! Fine balance of looking cool (if that's even possible) vs. "hey can I look like a tourist dork and take a picture of you guys?" 😂

Left to Right: Arnaud, Justin, Mark, Nadege, Thomas
Arnaud is the french pastor who leads the current Krutenau church and has supported the American missionaries with open arms. He is a great teacher, shepherd, and visionary.  He has a huge heart for reaching unreached people throughout France.

The Dodsons are the family who has hosted us in Strasbourg.  Justin and Jenna were on the video I posted earlier, and they have been our main contact over the past year.  They have a huge heart for migrants (they formally served as missionaries in Africa) and building Christ-centered relationships.  They have three little girls, and one little boy on the way.  We couldn't have had a better time with them.  They warmly welcomed us, had us over for several home cooked meals, took us on tours of the city, watched our kids, prayed with us, included us in their vision of the city, and so much more. We are so grateful for this Godly family.  They even threw Levi a birthday party, with decorations and a home made birthday cake!

The night before this big boy turned 5!
Some of the kids having fun at the party


This little doll wasn't in the group picture above, but she was
having fun too!

They first sang Happy Birthday to Levi in English, 
then sang the song in French. My phone died in the 
middle of the French song, though! So here's just the beginning
of the French version. 

The other members of the team (about 12 in total) are made up of men and women from the U.S., Britain, South Africa, and France, similar in age to me and Mark. They were all very friendly, welcoming, and make up a great team. They all share a vision for reaching the unreached with Christ and using their God given gifts collectively to make that happen.  I'm so excited to see how the team's future unfolds!

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