For her university language year abroad, Josie spent September 2018 – July 2019 serving at Emmanuel Etterbeek.
Emmanuel Etterbeek was recently planted by Johnny and Naomi Pilgrem from Woluwe Evangelical Church, where mission partners Steve and Dawn Orange and Robbie and Lizzie Bellis serve. During her time there, Josie lived with and supported the Pilgrem family, joining in French-speaking family life, hospitality and helping with home-schooling their children. Josie also joined the church’s apprenticeship programme which involves assisting with children’s and youth groups, reading the Bible one-to-one and studying one day a week at the Belgian Bible Institute – all in French!
‘You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and will not be afraid for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”’ Isaiah 12:1-2
This passage is from the book of Isaiah that I have had the pleasure and challenge of studying this term at the Belgian Bible Institute. What a beautiful reminder it is of God’s forgiveness freely given to us through Jesus, and also the reminder it is of our need to trust and put our confidence in him alone!
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