This morning we had lecture and talked about spiritual warfare, but we also split up into groups and got assigned to different areas. My group's assignment was to walk around the city and pray and so we headed towards the cemetery in silence. As I was walking up and down the rows of headstones, I just felt such pain of lost souls crying out for their living loved ones who didn't know Jesus and still had a chance. And as I began to pray I felt such peace! I prayed for the souls of those who had passed on without accepting Christ and then I began to pour my heart out in prayer for their loved ones that I may come into contact with them and love them as my Father does. I prayed that we would find other Christians here and that we would become a network with them! I am really looking forward to our next 2 months living here and hope to make some friends that live in Biarritz that I can begin to hangout with and minister to. I also prayed just for us to be salt and light here in this city and for people to be curious as to why we look different, other than being American, and to seek us but even more than that to seek Jesus. I began asking the angels to go forth in front of us and to fight for us. Telling God that I wanted him to make the path clear and to protect us always and by the time we were walking home I was overwhelmed with the presence of the Spirit and just boiling over with God's good grace! It was an amazing feeling.
So we get back to the hostel and we're all saying what God showed us in our different groups and just had the consensus that there's a lot of pain in this city, a lot of spiritual darkness, and then as a whole we began to pray out loud speaking life into these streets asking for God's guidance and for His words to fill our mouths when we speak. Hands down, coolest moment of this week so far.
After that we had lunch and I went to roam my new home with Lucie and Tabea. SO YUMMY! We went and bought pastries filled with chocolate and filled with creme and it was so delicious. I then proceeded to buy a croque monsieur, a ham sandwich with grilled cheese on one outer side, which was delicious and had disappeared less than 3 minutes later.
As we were eating our treats we realized we were lost and had no idea how to get back to the hostel and we needed to be back at 16h30 but it was already 16h25 and thank God that we found someone we knew on the street who pointed us in the right direction...kind of. Where we live was in one direction and the house we clean was in another direction and we have to clean both for this week's chores so Lucie et Tabea went to the second house and I had to walk home to the first house. Anyway, I got here safely and I prayed God's blessings over them as they walked!
Bonjour from France!
My journey to make Jesus famous began on Sunday afternoon at 12pm! My trip started on the right track by running into an old, but dear friend who was on the same connecting flight to Chicago. What a wonderful surprise and blessing from the Lord. We grabbed lunch at O’Hare and then bid adieu when his flight began to board at 4pm. Around 5pm I boarded the plane on what would be a very interesting next 8 or so hours. You know what’s interesting about the flight to France? There are a ton of French people on it, but also quite a few American students headed to study abroad! It was a fun experience and I really enjoyed the head start on acclimating to 24/7 French being spoken. The layover in Paris hasn’t been too bad, I’ve been here 4 hours and have another 4 hours to go..at one point, I considered riding the TGV into Biarritz, but they take American credit cards, but not American dollars and to my surprise I couldn’t find my wallet containing important documents and my credit cards…so, no train for me. No worries, I did indeed find my wallet…at the bottom of my 50 pound suitcase, safely secured so it wouldn’t fall out. Even if I had gotten on the train two things would have happened: 1) I wouldn’t have gotten my deposit back and 2) I would have had to rush to the 11 am train or had to have waited for the 2pm train which would have gotten me there later! So, praise Jesus for not letting either of those work out. I then proceeded to change out of my jeans/oversized sweater combo into a dress and boots so I could look like the French people!
I just met a girl named Delphine who speaks great English! I may get out of 24/7 French after all :p HA! I better be fluent or close to it in a few months! I just realized that since I don’t have the internet right now that when I update this I will be in Biarritz already…haha! Anyhow, Delphine says that Biarritz is quiet in the winter, but a beautiful location J
I’m getting sleepy! Got to hang in there though so none of my things get snatched! So far I think I will really miss tweeting, there are so many things I’ve wanted to share already…like the fact that I am so blessed to be here and ready to do the Will of Him who sent me, but that I am so eerily calm it is starting to scare even me!
SUPER COOL JESUS MOMENT!
Today I was on the plane to Biarritz wondering what God was going to do with me here and even knowing that this is His will I couldn't help but think "But how is it going to work?" and tonight the husband from the missionary couple that spoke to us was talking about how his wife was called by God to make French Christian music and she didn't even speak French at the time, but soon after she published the book it became the top sold Christian music book in all of France. Then her husband goes on to say, "She came to him [God] with her 5 loaves and 2 fish and he multiplied all she had given." And I just felt the Spirit say, "That's you. Give Him all you've got and He will multiply it."
With that, the first day has been quite a success and bonne nuit (goodnight).