26 December 2011
Dear Friends and Partners,
Writing this letter is both a sweet and bitter task. The past month has been a time of emotional highs and lows.
It is necessary to mention the time of an emotional low at the beginning of this letter. While we were in France we received news that our friend and apostolic overseer, Chuck Clayton, died. Many years ago we entered into relationship with Chuck and his wife Karen as members of the Apostolic Resource Ministries. Even in the sadness of his death, we discovered again the truth expressed by the apostle Paul, “Death is swallowed up in victory…thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abound in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” – (1 Corinthians 15:54,57&58 NKJV).
Now, speaking of emotional highs, we have the privilege of saying, “God is moving powerfully in the United Kingdom and France.” Our experience began with two wonderful churches in the London metropolitan area: New Life Christian Centre (Cryodon) and Breakthru Church (Brentwood). The ministry in France began with a gathering in Annecy with both old and new friends. We then traveled on to Le Semeur (Colmar) and Nouvelle Alliance (Belfort). (The pastors of Nouvelle Alliance, Claude and Monique Remond, are the translators of our French letter.) After Belfort we spoke at Eglise Protestante Evangelique (Gray) and then on to Maison de la Grace (Macon). Maison de la Grace is a church with which we have apostolic relationship. From there we went on to Centre Chretien De L’Estaque (Marseille) and ended in a “house church” in (Bagnols-sur-Ceze).
Upon returning to the U.S. we received an e-mail from a family who attended the final meetings in France and we would like to share it with you. (They wrote in both French and English.)
Hi Sherry and Eugène,
It was a great pleasure meeting you at the home of Etienne and Noelle! We were blessed during the weekend. It was a time of refreshing for us. Thank you for your messages, your prayers, your joy, your faith, your kindness and (Eugene) your songs. We wanted to tell you what our 7 year old son, Noah, experienced during your visit. He was very touched when you (Eugène) sang and played the guitar. On Monday evening, he wanted to give his life to Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit. We prayed together and afterward he started singing your songs by listening to your recordings and then drawing some very interesting drawings. With this testimony, we want to encourage you in your ministry. And the word that Sherry shared Saturday night about the stars, it’s for you. You have many spiritual children in this world that you cannot count (as the stars) because your heart is really God’s heart, which you share. We hope to see you again in the house of Etienne and Noelle next year!
Nicolas, Isabelle and Noah
We don’t want to appear to be self-serving by sharing this e-mail, but there are times when we must share with you what thrills our hearts.
You will notice from our schedule that we will begin 2012 with some additional time at home and then to Quebec, Canada. We ask that you continue to pray for us as we fulfill the plans that God has for the New Year.
It is our desire that you have a great New Year and that “…my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” – (Philippians 4:19 NKJV).
Eugene & Sherry