‘Let me tell you about a couple of the people I've welcomed into my new home in the last few weeks (their names have been changed):
Irene and her two kids (ages 3 and 6) have come over twice now. They are from Kazakhstan but had to leave their home when Irene's husband got into difficulties involving the mafia. Irene has a master's degree in English and was the headteacher of a private school in Kazakhstan; they now live in two rooms in a hostel and are not yet allowed to work. The family have been granted asylum here in France and waiting for better accommodation and their work permits. Irene and her husband are muslims, but she is very interested in my Christian faith. Please pray with me for Irene and her family, for the provision of a house and jobs, and that they will come to know the truth of the gospel and the healing that Christ can bring.
Julie is a single mum from Nigeria, living in a hotel room with her two sons ( ages 4 and 6 months). She is a Christian, and when we met she asked me if I knew of any churches meeting in town. I invited her to come and join me and some of my teammates for a time of fellowship and prayer, and we have now met together several times. Julie told me that she was desperate for Christian fellowship and friendship but had almost given up finding it; in six months in France she hadn't met any local Christians. Please pray with me for Julie, who is also waiting for better accommodation and the right to work, that these things will be provided and that she will find a loving church family for herself and her boys.
Please pray also for Fatama (E.African), Lisa (Algerian), and Freda (Ethiopian), who I hope will accept an invitation to come to my flat in the next few weeks. Pray for each of them, that their practical needs will be met, and that God will work in their hearts in preparation for our time together.’
Then 2 weeks ago, Rachel has also sent this most recent update concerning a situation facing the French church. The new law will be voted on at the end of March and it remains to be seen if any of the proposed amendments will be adopted. In our prayers we ask our heavenly Father to guide the law makers to doing His will.