It's been an encouraging week - for several reasons :
Firstly, there was the visit of brother Régis from Switzerland. He was in Bordeaux on Tuesday and called round in the afternoon. We went for a walk in the local parks and talked about stuff, as you do. It was a very happy and encouraging time.
Secondly, one of the things that has perturbed me a lot here is the attitude to human origins. In a pastorale one of our influential guys asked a speaker "so would you say that it is impossible to be a creationist and honest ?" It wasn't so much the question as the fact that nobody replied from an honest creationist standpoint. So it seemed to me that the descent from the apes was the majority position, if not unanimous. At most pastorales some kind of comment along those lines is made. So it was great to find in back issues of the Revue Réformée articles that came from another perspective. So why don't people speak up in pastorales ? I don't know. I do know there's no French word for bullying.
Thirdly, yesterday I went to the mailbox to see if there's any post and found instead a copy of Le Monde. Oho... No house number on it. It was in pristine condition. No indication of origin. I didn't know what to do with it, so I took it in the house and read it. And found on page three an article about a young pastor in Paris at the ERF Temple du Marais. Just going on the article and the little information I've been able to glean it seems like he's more or less the equivalent of a David Watson, but in Paris. Interesting. The article was sympathetic. And one of our neighbours, I imagine, decided that we'd find the article interesting and slipped us a copy of LeMonde ?
Fourthly, last night was the joint prayer meeting of FAC (our student work), the GBU (the CU equivalent) and the ADD student group (ADD = Assemblies of God). For a little while now Fiona has been meeting up with the leaders of the two other groups to pray. Some of us see each other in other contexts. But last night perhaps 40 students and others crammed into FAC to talk and pray and it was a very happy time.
Alongside that the regular routine of surveys, studies, etc... It's been hard work this week, but happy !