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We are happy to write our first prayer letter from the mission field! Although this is not our permanent field, we are excited to be one step closer to Madagascar. Now…to learn French.
At this point, we have completed our first month in language school. Since arriving, life has been much like a roller-coaster ride. Getting settled into a new house, a new town, a new country, a new language, and basically a new life has certainly had its exciting moments. We thank God for His guidance, protection and blessings, and we thank you for your many prayers.
Since starting language school, two passages of Scripture have become quite real to us. The first one came our attention after we celebrated an official French holiday, Pentecost. We came to believe even more firmly that the gift of tongues (spoken languages) given on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 is truly no longer available (as much as we wish it was right now). The second passage we often think of is Genesis 11. Why did those foolish people decided to build that tower? We look back with envy on the day when “the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.” Nonetheless, we are enjoying the process of learning a new language.
On a more serious note, it is amazing to realize that the God who understands me in English is the same God who understands my broken French (and every language for that matter). When we realize that God is not bound by language, it truly gives a greater perspective of the immenseness of our God. “There is no speech nor language where [God’s glories] are not heard.” (Psalm 19:3)
As for learning French, we have found it to be, at first, quite humbling. On our first day of class, we opened with a lesson on the French alphabet. It has been nearly 25 years since we have had this same lesson in English. Yet, we recognize the extreme importance of these essential building blocks. With them, it makes it possible to clearly communicate the truths of the Gospel.
Moriah and Hannah have adjusted quite nicely to their new lives. Moriah is doing well in the French public school. She has already met several friends and loves going on field trips. As for Hannah, I am not sure she knows that we live in a different country yet. She is quite content with the new toys in the nursery and she has not yet bothered to figure out why everyone talks so differently! After a long day of class, it is exciting to come home and hear some French words “slip” out. The immersion process is working.
We covet your prayers as we still have a long road ahead of us. To go from complete fluency in one language to stumbling through another has its challenges and hardships. For this reason, we ask for your prayers as we continue to bear down and learn.
We count it a great privilege to be servants of the most high God and to be your missionaries to Madagascar. Truly, serving the Lord is an exciting journey with the greatest purpose, making known our awesome and wonderful Savior who gave His life for all mankind. Thank you for your prayers and support.
Your Servants to Madagascar
Dan, Rachael, Moriah & Hannah Brown