Summer has suddenly arrived in France! Our family live in three of the hottest places in the country at the moment (Lyon, Besançon, Clermont-Ferrand). We sometimes wish we lived nearer them and saw them more often, but we don't envy them their climate just now. Living in cooler Normandy has its advantages!
Since our last news letter, we spent three very enjoyable weeks in the UK in March. It seems a long time ago, but the memory of visits to a dozen or so assemblies stays with us. The interest shown really encouraged us. Thank you to all concerned!
Summer in France means camps. While we're not directly involved ourselves, we're pleased that several church members are. The three young people baptised last year will all be helping as volunteers in Christian centres in France and the UK. The two men who share the leadership here with Allan, and their wives, will spend two weeks helping in the August family camp at the Centre de Jeunes, St Lunaire, in Brittany. Others will take part in a Christian camp near Geneva. So while we anticipate a few summer Sundays when attendance at services in LH will be down, we're glad that it's all in a good cause! Our plan is to stay here in July and August. We want to maintain services every Sunday, and continue the work of discipleship and personal evangelism. Recently, we've met men and women from totally opposite ends of the social/educational spectrum, but with the same basic need to know God's forgiveness and new life in Christ. Please pray for B. and R., two women who have started to attend services regularly. Anne has a good personal contact with both of them.
God willing, a team of 70-80 young Christians will be converging on LH mid-July for a week of city wide evangelism. They'll be staying at the former municipal camp site, no longer in use, and working with several local churches, including ours. Their activities will include open-air evangelism, musical events, a fête at the camp site on the Saturday afternoon, and a clean-up project worked out along with the city council. Could you make a particular note of Thursday July 16th in your diaries? That's the afternoon we're planning outdoor activities in our area of the city, followed by an evangelistic meeting in the evening. Please pray for good contacts with children and their parents in the afternoon, and for a good response to invitations to listen to an African evangelist in the evening.
The Korean and Mexican students who've been taking part in the life of the church since last September are gradually making their way home, except for one Korean who's staying for another year. We trust that the months they spent in the church here will have contributed to their Christian growth. We both remember the challenge moving to unfamiliar surroundings was to us when we were students, and how it helped us to grow as Christians! The English-speaking Christian students Allan met earlier this year are all away for the summer, but most should be coming back to LH in September. We look forward to more involvement with them, and also with the French Christian Union in the city.
Also to look forward to: a baptism, probably in September, and the expected arrival of a committed young Christian couple later in the year, coming to LH for work. One of our consistent prayers since we came here four years ago has been for committed Christians to join us in order to strengthen the church and extend its potential for outreach. Thank you for praying with us along those lines. Please keep it up! We still have no families with children attending regularly.
“To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.” (Eph. 3:20).
With our best wishes in Christ,
Allan and Anne Kitt