Day 5: This morning, the English gentleman (Kevin) invited me to accompany him into town. He had an errand to run, so we took a moment to drop off a package at the post office and then made our way to the old bridge there in Limoux (conveniently called the Pont Neuf: new bridge). One of the people in Jason's church plant lived fairly close to where we were, so we dropped in on him for a few minutes. After all of our errands had been run, we journeyed back to the center of Limoux and found a place to get coffee. That little run into town turned into a fairly good introduction to city.
Kevin offered me some sound advice at coffee today. He has been working in France for a long time, and he had a very...frank conversation with me about the realities of ministry in this country. One of the things that sticks out the most was a warning that we should not attempt to go out somewhere by ourselves. We will need the encouragement and strengthening of fellowship with other Christians. His suggestion is that we either come over with another family as a team or find a family with whom we can work closely. He gave me a lot to think and pray about today. He didn't sugar coat things, and I'm appreciative of that. This is going to be a long and difficult field to work, and we need to come with that understanding.
This evening, we met Kevin and his wife Susan in Carcassonne. They have been doing some work in the new church building there. In addition to Kevin and Susan, there are also two young adult ladies from England as well. They will be working here for a couple of months in the church at Carcassonne with evangelism and Bible clubs for children. They are all such a pleasure to be around. We have really enjoyed getting to know them a little. Of course, we're all asking questions about one another's homes, customs, and experiences. Kevin had a Bible study scheduled this afternoon with a local gentleman, so we made our way into the old City of Carcassonne. It was beautiful. We didn't get to spend much time there, because we needed to get back for supper, but we plan on returning tomorrow morning.
When we returned to the church for supper, we had the opportunity to do some work in the new building. We also help set up a room for the two girls to stay in throughout the remainder of their mission trip. For supper, we had deli meat, fresh bread, fruit, and some of the cheese that we bought yesterday in Clermont-Ferrand. I also got to try Marmite. It was quite strong, but I liked it. Kevin told me to make sure that I didn't let any of the French people know that I liked Marmite. Evidently they hate it...and so does he. Lol.
After supper, we went to a Bible study that Kevin was teaching in a local village. The pastor of the church in Carcassonne was there, and we were able to schedule coffee together in the morning. I look forward to speaking with him. The Bible study was great. It was all in French of course, but Susan sat beside us and translated everything so that we could follow along.
What a day. I am hoping that our meeting with the pastor tomorrow will shed more light on this burden God has laid on our hearts.