Another month has come and gone. We are already in March which means winter is almost behind us. I never thought of this being a big deal in France but after yesterday I think differently.
|This is happening here right now. Thanks Isabelle Biver for her amazing photography.|
We were driving with our two Elders and Florine from our Branch to Calais, a journey of three and a half hours. Florine lives in L'Échelle, about 30 minutes from Charleville. When we left Charleville it was raining but not snowing. We had just about got to her place when it started snowing. By the time we got there it was snowing heavily and the roads were covered with snow. As we left on small back roads driving became a little tenuous. We slipped a couple of times but stayed on the road. We had decided that if things did not improve by the time we got to the town of La Capelle that we would turn back but things did get better and we we continued.
|It doesn't look like much but the small roads between villages are only one lane and believe it or not, sometimes slanted, which makes for very tenuous driving.|
|French working with the English|
|This is just a sampling. As we filled boxes we kept bringing in more supplies.|
|World War 1 trench in Vimy|
|Totally wiped out!!|
|Thanks again to Isabelle for the wonderful pictures of the baptism and the Folk event below.|
|Taken from the mirror. just before the ordinance. Hence the mirror-image.|
|Some packages that the Young Adults in Reims put together for us to give our at our open house there on Thursday.|
On Thursday evening we went to folk dancing as usual. But it was kind of a special folk dancing evening. It was our last session before we hosted our "Bal Folk". A Bal Folk is an open invitation to one and all who want to participate to come and dance. It was a different kind of service that we were offering other folk dancing aficionados from around the region. The idea was that we opened the door to the château where we dance to the public. We held this on Saturday after we got home from Calais. There was a good response. We had 4 musical groups and some soloists performing traditional folk music. While they played the rest of us danced, visited or took advantage of the refreshments that were available for sale. Each member of our folk group brought a pastry of some kind to be sold and drinks were also available. It was a great night. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed the cultural ambience that was there. Lynn worked a shift at the entry table and Ed helped with set up. We are sure that many of the visitors were wondering who the two people were that were running around with name tags on their chests. In that way it was great for visibility. We really feel welcomed within our Folk group. They are amazing people. We like them a lot and they seem to put up with us rather well too.
What a great week. It was busy but it just whirred by as a result. Of course we continued our regular missionary pursuits, as well but you already know what those are and nothing out of the ordinary happened in that domain. However, we did have a good crowd at church today, including 3 new visitors that was quite nice. All of them indicated that they'd like to come again. What a great way to wind up a great week.
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Au revoir de la France.
Lyndi-lou and Eddie, too