Monthly Archives: September 2014

Standing in awe

Standing in awe…

8 months. 8 unbelievable months have flown by since we have arrived in France. We were able to celebrate both the coming of Bart’s birthday, and the coming of our 8 month marker by a visit from Bart’s parents. Bruce and Pamie arrived on the 21st of September. We celebrated Bart’s birthday a day early with some yummy cinnamon cake, and an unloading of a suitcase full of blessings, including Christmas presents for the kids. We travelled together, and rested together, and in truth it was an extraordinary week. Tomorrow they leave to head back to America, and the crazy ball of activities we have starts rolling again!

We had the opportunity of sorting through and arranging our supporter information while our forwarding agent was here! We were again, completely amazed by the regular support we receive and the love that has been shown. It is empowering to see people’s hearts impassioned for the calling God has placed on our lives. Thank you. Thank you so much.

We have some prayer request friends! We begin the cycle of vaccinations, as well as the coming of baby and the many travel plans. We also need to pack and sort a house, as well as to love on our teammates Eric and Melissa, before they leave France! We have A LOT of paperwork, phone calls to supporters and connections to make with individuals before we leave for America. We also have 2 beautiful kiddos who have gotten very used to French culture. They love going to all of the playgrounds, and meeting people. They love riding in the front of the metro, and swinging on the metro poles. Yet mostly, they love the people we have connected with. They will not see most of them for a very long time. Lucas has teachers, friends at school now, we have friends from church. People who have invested in our lives, encouraged us through prayer and stood by us as we struggled to speak their language. Lucas is old enough to remember many of the people we love in America too, while Hosanna has spent most of her formative time here in France. Also, a month before we leave, we are having our 3rd child! Our kids have so much to adapt to, as well as two parents who have a ton to adapt to. Please continue to pray for these things!!!


For the good connections we’ve been making with our supporting churches for our time in the states.

For how extraordinary God has been in leading us through this culture

For the progress we are making (slowly but surely!) in such a difficult language

For the ways our team has been challenged and grown during this time



For continued peace and wisdom as we seek God in this time of decisions

For connections to be made with churches and individuals while we are in the US

For comfort for the kids especially as we begin to transition out of this culture, and in to 2 other cultures in the next 7 months (The USA and West Africa)

For the birth of baby in December

That we would effectively fill out all necessary paperwork and doctors appointments

That our travels would happen without incident

For our time with grandparents and family, as they cherish our kiddos and love on them, as well as say goodbye.

Again, thank you for praying,



Update on our plans to return

Hey friends!!

It’s official! We have plane tickets to come stateside on January 22, 2015. Can I just say how weird it is to type 2015? Time flies so quickly! Yet we each have 24 hours in a day to trust to God. Bart and I are carefully planning and praying over the 2 months….8 short weeks we have stateside!! We already have dates booked in several places in Indiana, and Tennessee. We would love to see so many people; we also have a very small amount of time to pack for West Africa, and to have time with each of our families. What’s amazing? That we are so connected to each of you…our supporters, both financially and through prayer. We have the blessing of being personally connected to each of our supporting churches and each individual who supports us. We can honestly say that we cherish you all!

If you would like to meet with us and celebrate what God is doing in our lives and in this ministry, please contact us!!! We are contacting supporting churches this week about visits and dates. Our time is limited, but we want to see you all! We have even considered having soup dinners, or dessert nights to see more people and share then. Would you be interested in helping to organize or host something? Contact us!!!!!!


We love and miss you all!!!

Prayer Update

It is nearly unbelievable to Bart and I, that we have been overseas for 7 months. Especially considering that the next 3 months will be non-stop. Here is a brief look at our next few weeks and how you can pray for us!! 

  • This weekend we will have a team retreat with our teammates Eric and Melissa Davis and their lovely daughter Sophia. We will spend time in focused prayer, in team building exercises, and just enjoying each other’s company.
  • September 10th-14th we have a visit from a missionary to France who will be going over the Culture Stress Assessment test with each of us individually in our team. She will discuss the results of the CSA and where we might be struggling or succeeding in cultural adjustment.
  • September 16th-23rd Teammates travel to Italy.
  • September 20th, Bart’s parents arrive for a one week visit!
  • October is here!! 5th-9th Bart is kidnapping me for a brief and much needed kid free, pre-baby vacation. I have no other details because he is super sneaky! This is our celebration of my birthday (December 14th), Christmas and our Anniversary (December 29th) which we combine every year that we can.
  • October 14th-17th our West Africa Branch Director is visiting us for a review of our language learning, and brief check-up on our future plans.
  • October 19th– Bart is participating in a race with several French friends…something close to the American “Gauntlet” race. He has been regularly running, and exercising and this is his self-test to make sure he’s keeping himself healthy!
  • November 6th-15th Bart takes a trip to hike Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa with a group from Rainbow Christian Camp. An anonymous donor made this trip possible, and all costs were paid outright by said donor.
  • December-Baby arrives!!!
  • January 22nd 2015….departure for America!

As you can see! Our months are filling up fast! Bart and I continue to trek along in our French studies and culture learning. Lucas began school on the 2nd of September, and we are so excited that his teacher has assured us he is doing quite well. He hears only French there, and understands quite a bit. We do continue to ask for your understanding as many people have suggested that our kids will come back speaking French fluently, and that language is an easy thing for kids to pick up. I would like to take this opportunity to assure you that our kiddos endured every ounce of culture shock, stress, and adjustment just as we did and that we were more concerned on helping them stay healthy and learn how to manage the stress of being surrounded by astounding and sometimes overwhelming cultural differences than teaching them French. We do want to make sure they learn about the culture, and that is why we at least once a day, depending on the weather, get them outside into the market, playgrounds, metros, play dates and school.

The best and worst part of immersion is the inability to escape the culture. We truly are surrounded by French in every way. Today as we played at the playground, I had a blast with a little French girl, who was pretending to be an ice cream vender. Her mom asked for a bowl of chocolate ice cream, and I asked for a cone of strawberry, but she said they were out of strawberry, and cookie (Chocolate chip flavor with cookie crumbles in it)!! I feigned being heartbroken and accepted the “chocolate ice cream” she gave me. Lucas played alongside a little boy who shared his cars with Lucas because Lucas (hesitantly at first) shared his dinosaurs with the boy. There is so much that is beyond words. Kindness and gentleness, playing “cuckoo” with a baby on the metro, or assisting an elderly person with their groceries on the escalator, are all things that surpass cultural barriers here. 

Would you please continue to pray for our busy months?

  • Pray for our kids as they continue to transition here, then for the 8 weeks we are in the states, and then in our big move to West Africa
  • Pray for our French learning as I (Andi) continue to struggle, and that Bart would not lose his French as he pursues one on one learning opportunities and discontinues his attendance at school. This was approved by our Branch Director.
  • Pray for our travels! To and from place to place, pray that God would keep us, and guide us to each destination
  • Pray that our visits with the Branch director and another PBT French Missionary would be as constructive as possible, and beneficial to all of us. Pray that we would be given the opportunity to bless them as much as they have blessed us! 
  • Praise God that we have all been healthy, aside from seasonal allergies, and a small stomach bug we have been consistently healthy the entire time we’ve been here 
  • Praise Him that this pregnancy has been uncomplicated, and healthy. We have a doctor who is kind and whom we can communicate well with! 
  • Praise God for the many opportunities we get to speak French throughout the week. 
  • Praise God that Bart has picked French up quite quickly and has continued to progress. He is now at B2 level.

We praise God that we are surrounded with prayers. Thank you for catching up with us!