Thank you so much for your continued support these last couple of months, it’s been great to hear from many of you! This week has been a bit of a holiday for me with family and friends coming to stay - good to spend time with them and relax! I’ve written a brief update here, feel free to contact me if you’d like to know more about what I’ve been up to.
I lived with the Bellis family for a month when I was looking for longer-term accommodation. They were very kind in welcoming me into their home which really helped me to settle. At the end of September I moved into a house-share with five other housemates. They are all French speaking, young professionals and none of them are Christian. They are all really kind; we cook for one another and share things in the house. They’re always up for a chat; it’s such a great opportunity for me to spend time with Belgians and speak more French as I get to know them. Now that I’ve found a house to live in, I feel like I’m ready to get more stuck in with life in Louvain-la-Neuve (LLN) and see where I can get to know people.
I was concerned about my French ability before coming. However I’ve been really encouraged that I had managed to learn a lot over the last year which has made a big difference. Now I’m able to be active in church and look out for people, ask how they’re doing and get to know people well, and lead bible studies. I’m so grateful to God for giving me the ability to learn so that I can tell people about him!
When I arrived in LLN with the Bellis and Clark families, we planned on starting as a church in September with weekly Sunday afternoon services. After a rethink we are now operating as a church planting team with weekly bible studies and monthly ‘Taster Sundays’ - our next one is on 10 November!
We have three main goals for the next few months before we start properly as a church in early/mid 2020:
So lots has happened already in my first two months living in Belgium, and my weekly routine is starting to take shape:
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8)
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