Je suis enfant de Dieu

Josh and Beth Paulick on September 5, 2018

    “Je ne suis plus esclave de la peur.  Je suis enfant de Dieu.”  Fear is such a powerful thing.  It can stop us from doing some pretty amazing things sometimes.  It can be crippling and consume our thoughts.  I have to keep reminding myself in 2 Timothy 1:7 where Paul is telling Timothy, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”  But even more powerful as I continued reading, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works, but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began…”. (8-9). It can be really easy to forget why we are here sometimes.  Especially when our son (who loves school!) comes home from school and says he’s bored, but you know its simply because he doesn’t understand anything they are telling him, or when you realize they marked his paper incorrect because he used print instead of cursive.  “Je ne suis plus esclave de la peur.  Je suis enfant de Dieu.” “I’m no longer a slave to fear.  I am a child of God.”  We sang this song in church on Sunday and it was such a powerful reminder of whose we are and who has us.  We don’t have to be afraid.  
    We have all been getting adjusted and been busy trying to get settled in.  It’s been a challenge in learning how to get around in the culture here.  We at this point walk everywhere, which can be a challenge with bringing groceries home, but they have these awesome bags on wheels!  In the grocery store, everything is obviously in French, so we are still trying to get used to where everything is.  I think it took 3 trips to the store before we found baking soda (Bicarbonate de soude), but Josh found it!  The walks though are absolutely beautiful though with the background of the mountains.

walktogrocery Our view on the way to the Grocery Store
streetview Walking to school

     The kids started school on Monday and although it was a rough start, they are all excited to go back tomorrow.  Maybe Isaiah will actually talk to his teacher tomorrow.  The school is about a 15 minute walk from our school (where we live) and with the French system, the kids go to school from about 8:15-11:25 (Eli goes from 8:20-11:30) and then have almost two hours off for lunch and have to be back around 1:15.  They then get out of school at 4:25, so we are making 4 round trips a day to take them and pick them up, and quickly too as we have classes starting at 8:40 and 1:40.  They also only go to school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.  We all have Wednesdays off of school to get grocery shopping done and for us big students to spend time studying!

    Josh and I start classes tomorrow (Thursday morning).  We both tested into the A1 level, which is the lowest.  We were both expecting this, so it was not a surprise.  We are in different classes, which could be good or bad! ;). We are looking forward to starting classes and I am working on trying not to fear them :).  Language has never come easy to me, and neither has school, so I am praying it will come as easily as possible.  
    Owen is doing really well.  He’s still getting used to the new schedule (being 6 hours ahead!), but he is eating well and as far as we know growing well.  He seems to be outgrowing some of his clothes, so we see that as a good sign.  He started smiling, so that’s been fun.  
    Thank you all for your prayers!  They have meant so much to us and will continue to mean so much to us. We are praying for you all as well!  We started a new thing where we put all our partners names on popsicle sticks in a bottle and each week we draw out three names (of churches or individuals) and we focus on praying for those people/family or churches during that week.  It’s been fun getting the kids involved in praying as well.

viewfromwindow View from our window!

Praises and Prayer
1.). Praise that the kids are enjoying school and making friends!
2.). Pray that they continue to enjoy it and pick up the language!
3.). Please pray we can all stay healthy as we start classes.  
4.). Please pray that Josh and I are able to do well in our classes, meaning that we will try hard and humble ourselves to make mistakes and to learn well!  
5.). Praise that we are here!  We are here with 5 other units (from Togo, (representing 3 different areas of Togo), and friends (Meredith and Jason Axt) we made along the way.  Meredith and Beth went to nursing school together at Cedarville and Josh and Jason met along the road for residency interviews.  It was so incredible that God brought us here together! Everyone we have met associated with the school, students and staff alike, have all been wonderful.
6.). Praise that we are here!  We are so excited to be here in the beauty of God’s creation surrounded by this beautiful language that we are going to be learning!