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Celebrate Recovery in Spain
October 2 - 5, Lisa and I are to be in Madrid for a Celebrate Recovery "how-to" seminar that I am co-leading with Ardis Nelson. Ardis was part of the CR team with me at Timberlake Church in Redmond, WA and is now with CR at Pine Lake Community Church in Sammamish, WA. Didier Truchot from  Grenoble will also be sharing.

The conference is being organized by Free Methodist Missionaries Josh and Susy Fajardo.

Thanks to Timberlake Church for covering the cost of materials for the seminar and to Celebrate Recovery International for Spanish presentation materials.

Please pray for this.
Greater Grenoble is home to about a half million people and the 11th largest urban area in France. In this photo (not ours), our church is located on the right edge of the populated area and we live up in the mountains to the right. Mont Blanc (15,630') is left of center in the distance. There are likely less than 2000 people in Protestant churches on any Sunday. Maybe 5% of the population attend Mass. More may be in mosques.
For almost a year I have been leading Une Vie Renouvelée (Celebrate Recovery) in Grenoble. We start the evening with tea, coffee and Lisa's cookies. I show a pertinent video like Jimmy Kimmel's Lie Detective or a music video, maybe Classic Rock or Contemporary Christian. I translate words. 

We read a lesson or a testimony or I show a video testimony  but there are not a lot in French. Lisa is working on subtitling English ones. Friends from Seattle have sent me their testimonies to share. I project their picture as I read them (translated). After the lesson or testimony, we split up, men and women and share our thoughts and feelings.

It is pretty simple. The biggest challenge may be maintaining a safe feeling for all. Lives being transformed by Jesus Christ. For some, the transformation is slow and barely perceptible. For others it is drastic and very apparent. New people have come because of changes in their friends. I love being part of this.

Please pray for this group. T
hose who have come the farthest in their recovery know how far they will fall if they relapse.
Lisa edits video and catalogs clips for Christian television in North Africa. She just finished a promotional piece for a woman's series that is airing this fall. I program the play out one week a month and am very grateful for a newer Macbook Pro given me by a friend near Seattle. It makes a huge difference with fewer spinning beach balls.
From a recent call to the station- 

"I am calling you from Algeria. I am an old man ... It is all your fault and you cause us a lot of trouble, at an old age. All my sons have become followers of Christ. I have warned my sons to not call you until I discuss this matter with you face to face."

Please pray that the miracle of redemption in us will produce the same in others, by the power of God.

Where He is using us. 
  • Une Vie Renouvelée in Grenoble
  • Celebremos la Recuperción in Spain
  • Satellite television covering North Africa
  • Neighbors and friends
Merci,

Marv & Lisa
We are thankful to God, family and friends for a lot, including financial support that makes it possible for us to serve where God has placed us. 
 
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