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THANKFUL LEE 4 FRANCE
February 2017 in Review
Pray For the Plan...*
(*le "plan" d'Avignon  means the map of Avignon)

"Pray for the plan…plan for prayer,” I (Kathy) whispered to Peter in bed one night nudging his shoulder just before nodding off. Not your typical couples’ pillow talk but lately it’s been hard to sleep in the midst of transition. Our dining room cabinet doors look more like a war room project board covered with yellow post-its and monthly calendars laying out our make-shift strategy to attack the tasks for relocating to France.  Every Wednesday night, we pray for the plan.

Yet what will our life and mission actually look like in Avignon? Only God knows. With so many unanswerable  questions, we’re challenged to entrust them to the Lord and pray for Avignon. For prayer requests, click here.

Pray for France: 3/26-4/16
Joining the movement across the U.S., Kathy will lead a group to intercede for the church and society in France. For a 21-day Pray for France guide, click http://www.prayforfrance.org/wp-content/uploads/prayer-guide.pdf

...Plan For Prayer

Congregational Vitality classmate and pastor of Community Covenant Church, Shaun Marshall dissects church culture to bring about healthy missional change. Stirred by the class, Peter and I sense an urgency to pray for Pastor Thierry and the church in Avignon to equip leaders for the next generation. We're praying that Vitality will arise out of truthful, dynamic conversations of the church through the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.  -Proverbs 13:12

A plan for prayer grew out of our desire to feel more connected with the Avignon Church. Since the church meets every first Wednesday of the month to pray, we also committed to pray as a couple on the first Wednesday of the month. As we discovered more needs for prayer, we increased our frequency to praying every Wednesday night.

During this Lenten season, would you also practice praying with us for God’s mission to Avignon, France? Either by joining our Wednesday rhythm or by committing to pray every time you receive our newsletter? It’s an incredibly powerful feeling to be spiritually in sync with Christians across the globe. We’d also be tremendously encouraged to know that you’re partnering in prayer with us so feel free to contact us.

Imagine that our prayers could impact the ages-old, underserved church in France to bring new life, just like a tiny green shoot growing out of an old tree stump. We envision equipping leaders to be healthy and missional to bring about congregational vitality for the French church. This shoot might not bear fruit right away but it holds promise to grow fully into a fruit-bearing tree.

Kids' Cultural Corner
Theo and his park district basketball team went undefeated (although they only played one other team), but more importantly Theo learned the value of teamwork.

Bo (10) and Theo (7) get crafty at a nearby high school art fair! Hopefully, making Shrinky Dinks will develop into new artistic interests in France.

Prayer Requests
 

Praise for…Kathy’s Congregational Vitality class, the pastors and church leaders committed to a healthy missional vision, locally and globally

 

Prayer for…safe Spring Break travel to CA with Peter’s mom to begin her move

…trusting God to order our steps and preparation toward departure/arrival in Avignon  

…God to connect us with monthly partners 

…diligence in prayer every Wednesday

…Pray for France meeting in Chicago, 4/16 at North Park Covenant Church

Join us in God's Mission to Avignon, France!  
Thank you for already praying with us to serve in God's mission to Avignon, France through Covenant World Mission! 
Your partnership through prayer and giving will impact the church and God's mission in France. Please consider a monthly donation online. Your tax-deductible donation directly "sends" us to France. 
(Romans 10:15)
Merci beaucoup, 
Kathy and Peter
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