Highlights and Updates:
God is good and we are so thankful that we are able to see Him at work around us here in Montreal. We are in awe of how He guides our steps, provides relationships, opens conversations, and provides our every need. February was a full month of connecting here in Montreal along with a couple trips to Missouri to be incredibly encouraged by two of our partner churches. Here’s what God did this month in Montreal:
We have been amazed at how God has opened doors for James to be involved in the leadership of the Little Burgundy community where our church, Renaissance is planted. Earlier in February he attended a community leaders meeting and while he was there he met a religious leader who is working to create a way to speak in public schools and answer questions about religion with the students. He asked James to be a part of this and to speak in the schools as well. Please pray for this incredible opportunity as it develops!
This month at Renaissance we are walking through Ephesians in a two part series titled “Who Are You” and “Be Who You Are.” We are praying that God would ignite a deeper understanding of who we are in Christ, beginning with salvation for some and spiritual growth for others.
If you are interested in listening to Renaissance sermons each week, you can find them on our website: www.renaissancemtl.com
Language Update: Abi is almost finished with Level 1 of her French classes and is learning quickly, however using what she has learned in conversation is still a big challenge. Pray as Abi continues to take Level 2 French classes and for a friend who would be willing to meet for French practice on a weekly basis. Language is culture in Quebec and we so desire to be able to speak the language of the people we are here to serve!
Ways to pray this month:
- Continue to pray for a new location for us to meet on Sunday
- Pray for our current Ephesians series
- Spiritual Growth for non-believers through salvation and for believers as they follow Jesus
- Physical Growth – creativity as we share about our church with the community and for those that visit to feel welcomed and loved
Family & Relationships
- Anabelle and Mya’s friendships at school and language learning
- Continued language learning as a family
- Finding a Family Doctor (the current wait time is 410 days until we are accepted by a doctor as new patients, until then Walk-in Clinics and ER’s are our only options for medical care)
- For continued friendships and connections in our community that lead to Gospel conversations
We had the great privilege of attending Global Missions Week at our sending church, Ridgecrest Baptist Church in early February. We were incredibly blessed by their hospitality, encouragement, and love throughout the week. If you are a member of Ridgecrest we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your prayers, your giving, and your encouragement are needed and appreciated. Praise God for a church who “gets it” and is leveraging what they have for the Gospel to go to the ends of the Earth. We are so thankful that a trip to Ridgecrest means seeing our family as well, our parents and many other family members live close and were around to spend the week with us which was a treat!
On February 4th we attended a winter festival at the girls’ school. We enjoyed meeting a few new people and had good conversations. We also enjoyed seeing Anabelle and Mya with their friends as they played in the snow. Brock even got to jump into his first hockey game! In the picture, Anabelle, (the light blue coat and hat) was learning a Quebecois dance.
While in Missouri Mya was baptized at Ridgecrest. It was a wonderful day watching our sweet, tender hearted girl follow the Lord in obedience. Our prayer for each of our kids is for their hearts to be drawn towards Jesus and that they would respond to Him in obedience. What an incredible thing to see prayers answered!
James also traveled to Missouri just last week to be a part of Second Baptist Church’s mission weekend. We are so thankful for the way Second is partnering with us here in Montreal and in other cities all over the world to plant multiplying churches!