We recently found out that we will not have a free place to stay in Nancy much longer. We were asked to close out the Nancy couple's apartment, a process that takes about three months. We need to vacate it by August 18. However, there is a possibility that we may move the sister missionaries into it and close out their apartment. In any case we will be closing down one of the apartments.
|Apartment building in the background has 5,000 tenants|
|Great view from this wonderful apartment in Nancy|
|Hard at work in Metz|
|Assessing in Nancy. Lynn cleaned off all the mould. Needs some scraping and paint now.|
|Elder Wells and Elder Edmunds|
|Elder Lloyd and Elder Stolk|
|Soeur Kitchen and Soeur Bell with our good friend Guillaume Olivier in Nancy. Guillaume just finished his Masters and is beginning his PHD in French Literature in September. WhooHoo! Congrats Guillaume.|
The rest of the week we made progress on a couple of fronts. Our teaching moved forward. We gave lots of lessons. Our investigators with baptism dates are progressing nicely. As of this writing we have dates set for June 21, June 28 and July 4. It's exciting. These are the first baptisms for nine years right in Charleville, although the branch did do a baptism in Reims a couple of years ago. Reims is about an hour away. We want to do a baptism in town to encourage all our members to be there, as well as family and the other investigators. It is an exciting time for our Branch.
As of yet we do not have a place to baptise. We think we have it nailed down to a lake in Charleville but Ed still wants to double check with a couple of local pools. After church today we went to look for a site around Lake Warren and found a couple that would be great and they are free. We will probably pick one of these.
|Contemplation of a baptismal spot. Elder Wilson with Elder Dayley and Elder Rivas.|
We had an opportunity to visit a chateau we had never visited before. It is in Belgium at a town called Bouillon. It is about half an hour from us. It was incredible - perched on top of a craggy hilltop. We don't see how anyone could attack it. Because this was Elder Christiansen's last P-Day on his mission we took the younger Elders. We stopped for frites (Belgian fries) before coming home because Elder Dayley had never had them before. Of course, they were delicious and Elder Dayley loved them. Best part was the Restaurant was called, "The Beetle".
|You can see the castle on the left and the beautiful valley it is in.|
|Looking from the Castle down on Bouillon|
|They actually had a falcon/bird show. We enjoyed it.|
|The dungeon. Lots of suffering happened here. Trying out the chains!|
|Of course anyone who knows Great Grandpa Wilson will know why we put this in here. Him and his typewriter collection. There was a great collection of calligraphy antiques in this castle. We thought of our good friend Connie Ferguson Card.|
|Lynn had to take this one because of the flowers and greenery growing everywhere.|
|We find beauty here everywhere we look|
|Us and The Steenbliks|
|Elder Christiansen and Elder Dayley with us in Place Ducal|
|Our wonderful new to Charleville-Mézières Elder Rivas along with Elder Wilson and Elder Dayley|
|Ady and Aurélien with their precious daughter.|
|Happy Grandpa. Murielle and her girls who by the way speak beautiful French.|
|A great moment saying Happy Birthday to our beloved Claire today, with Paulette and Betty.|
|Fields of Poppies on the way to Nancy. Wonderful sight. The colours were outstanding. This does not do it justice.|
|This just appeared on a building in Nancy. We met the artist, a guy from Berlin, on the elevator up to the Elders apartment. Beautiful job using spray paint.|
|It's amazing how many beautiful flowers just grow wherever the seeds have blown. Even in the tiniest amount of soil. Which proves, "Where there is a will, there is a way!"|
Au revoir de la France.
Lyndi-lou and Eddie, too.