We Lost Our TV Remote.

We lost the remote control to our TV last week.

Allen and I were watching an episode of something-or-other before we went to bed. When it was over, we put the remote down somewhere. And we haven’t been able to find it since. We’ve checked under and in the couch, all over the living room, in the kitchen (even in the fridge), in our room, the kids’ room, the bathroom…. and we cannot find the silly thing.

Our friends Rolen and Sarah taught us how to use our phones as remotes, but it just isn’t the same. And a new remote is about $30 on Amazon. So we keep hoping it will turn up, but no luck yet.

That story doesn’t really have anything to do with anything; we just wanted to share it because it’s just our real life. Losing our remote isn’t a big thing. It isn’t even a medium-sized thing. It’s just a thing that happens to everyone at some point or another.

But there are students here on campus who are going through big things. Recent losses of friends and loved ones. Uncertainties about the situation in Canada and border crossings. The overwhelming feeling of learning a new language in a new country. The isolation and fear that can sometimes bring. And missing things from home: weighted blankets that are too heavy to pack and too expensive to buy again. Mugs that get left behind at a former home that somehow make coffee taste better (oh wait, that was us.).

Allen and I are thankful to be here walking through these hard things with the students we’ve grown to love. There’s a lot of work to be done, not just here on campus, but in Quebec as a whole.

This week, we humbly ask that you pray for the following:

  • For God’s abundant peace and everlasting hope to be evident on campus and in every interaction we have here with students.
  • For wisdom as we navigate the waters of full-time ministry now, coupled with preparations for our future ministry plans.
  • For safety as we travel to Quebec City this weekend.
  • For our kids to know Christ’s gift of salvation on a personal and intimate heart-level. We can tell there’s a spiritual battle going on for them right now.

Thanks, friends. To God be the glory, in all the big-, medium-, and small-sized things in life.

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