Moving to a foreign country is really hard. Leaving behind your friends and family is really hard. Moving to a land where few people speak your language is really hard. Some moments it is much easier than others. For me this move has been one of the most difficult things I have done. It has opened my eyes that I need to depend more on God than I ever have had to before. This has been difficult. It is really easy to tell someone to trust God’s plan for their live when it is not your life that feels like it is falling apart. But when you are on the receiving end of that advice it is much more difficult. What does it really mean to trust God with your life and with your future? I am still desperately trying to figure that out. All I know is I wake up every morning with the deep rooted knowledge that I am not able to do this on my own. There is a Needtobreathe song that repeats, “I’m not able on my own”. I have never related to that line more than right now. On my own, I am not able, but we serve a God who is always able.
Grenoble is one of the most beautiful cities that I have ever been to, I am sure I have and will say this 1000 times. This Saturday I was able to go on a hike of one of the surrounding mountains (I attached a couple of pictures below), and I was in awe of the beauty. How great is our God that He has created such a beautiful land. Standing on top of this mountain looking out at these clouds that stretched on for miles and miles (kilometers and kilometers, I am trying to learn the metric system) I was taken aback by God’s greatness. At the top there was a cross with a heart attached to it. The note read “for my father who loves”. How true and beautiful is the love of our Father.
Since moving, I have had some really great opportunities to plug into the community here. I have started volunteering with an international youth group. This has been a great way to meet more people and kids in the community. I have also been able to help with an English night that reaches out to college age students in Grenoble. I am grateful for both of these opportunities. I also was able to help a family here throw an English Christmas party for a few middle schoolers. We played games in English, and then were able to share the real meaning of Christmas. It was a really cool experience. Please be praying that the Lord would make His Will for Grenoble so clear to me and the rest of the team here. There are a lot of exciting opportunities for us here. Pray that I can be a student of the culture and take advantage of the opportunities the Lord has provided.
Please also pray as I try to better my French. I am seeing a language tutor twice a week, which has been really helpful. I have found that if I am talking to someone I know also speaks English, my French comes easy, but when I try to talk to someone who speaks little or no French, I seem to forget every French word I have ever known.
Also, I will be home for Christmas! I would love to meet and share more with you about what the Lord is doing in Grenoble, and throughout France. Thank you so much for being a part of my Young Life Grenoble Team, my ministry would not be possible without each of you! I will be home from December 11 until the 1st.
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God’.”