As a husband, it’s easy to forget that God wants me to love my wife in a specific way. In Ephesians 5:25, Paul says that husbands should love their wives like Jesus loves us, sacrificially and selflessly. Love our wives like Jesus loves us? That’s not easy, but the rewards are worth it.
Do you have an interest in re@ching the unreached? how ’bout urb@n ministry, youth and children’s work? These r all things that we’re doing on our team loc@ted on the French Rivier@. we’re a team working with Pioneers, visit your national office to discover more about the work we do around the world and contact us if you want to learn more about our team.
We made it to Nice! After and ten hour flight to London, a four hour wait and then another 90 minute flight to Nice we got ourselves and our 16 bags to our destination. Here are a few pictures of our neighbourhood. You can see that our neighbourhood is made up of individual buildings but further in the distance we are surrounded by large apartment blocks. Most of these blocks are inhabited by immigrants of various origins. We noticed soon after our arrival that French is only one of many languages of the people in this part of Nice. We hear a lot of Arabic and other African dialects spoken by those living near by. Our first visit to the weekly market reminded us more of life in North Africa than France. The sights, sounds and smells brought back many memories!
Living in this neighbourhood it’s hard to believe that we are minutes away from one of the most expensive real estate markets in Europe. People come from the whole world to Nice to experience the beauty of the French Riviera. The various bays are filled with million dollar yachts and the airport tarmac is line with the personal jets of the rich and famous. Much to the delight of our boys they’ve already spotted the latest Porsche and Mercedes Benz models along with Bentleys and Ferraris… but not in our neighbourhood.
A big surprise for us has been the cost of living in France. We’ve found that the sticker price of most items is similar to that of Edmonton, however we must now multiply the price in Euros by 1.6 to get its value in Canadian dollars. We will have to become bargain hunters to survive!
Our first week was spent getting our bags unpacked and organized. Our apartments not huge so it will take time to find the ideal way of positioning things so we have the most room. The first night I awoke to the thought that we still have belongings in transit that we will have to find room for… I wasn’t sure if I should laugh or cry!
Our second week is being spent visiting our family. It was exciting for all of us to board the train destined for “home”. It’s been five years since we last visited so there has been a lot to share and discover once again.
Week One was an exhausting week but we feel like we’ve recovered from the international travel now. We look forward to the remainder of our visit with family and friends, it’s been a long time and there’s a lot of catching up to do.
We hope you’re having a great summer. Drop us a note to let us know what you’ve been up to and what your favourite summer memories are from this year.
Here’s a fantastic article by Ravi Zacharias. I think his points on the current state of the western church and our lack of intellectual depth are timely and deeply troubling! Click the link and tack a few minutes to read about his new book and his purpose for writing it.
As I slept I had a dream. I dreamt that I was leading someone through some very rocky terrain with ruins of ancient stone buildings along the path. It wasn’t a difficult path, it just required caution to navigate through the area. At one point the person I was leading, a middle aged woman, needed to adjust her shoe laces so we stopped at a small / low stone wall where she could raise her foot to re-tie her laces. As she did this I noticed a staircase leading downward on the other side of this low wall. At the landing it turned left through an archway that opened into a corridor that ran alongside our path.
As my friend tied her shoe a large beast stuck its head out of the archway. This beast seemed friendly but I knew it had evil intent. To scare it off I made several gestures toward it to make it flee. As it fled down the corridor so did a number of other animals that had been with it. These animals were wolf-like and unlike the first beast these did have the appearance of evil intent.
All these beasts scurried away when I made my gestures toward the first beast. They ran down the corridor and climbed the opposite side to get away. They were however still in the area which required me to be attentive as I led my friend through the ruins.