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We praise the Lord for the safe arrival of Chloe Lynn (Chloé for the French). She was born July 14 at 1:09am in Paris, France, and weighed 7 lbs 6 ozs. As you may have read in our previous update, at the time of her birth she had a significant amount of fluid on her lungs and some small complications with her breathing. This lead doctors to keep her under constant surveillance and on supplemental oxygen. Less than 24 hours after her birth, she was transferred to another hospital with a more adequate NICU. But, because of the many prayers of God’s people and the omnipotent and gracious God we serve, most of the issues resolved themselves within 48 hours after her birth. With a few extra days of rest in the hospital, Rachael and Chloe were released and are now doing well at home.
At the birth of each of our children, we have been reminded of how precious the gift of life is. No matter how much we may think we control our lives, each breath is a gift of God. How thankful we are for this gift after recognizing the frailty of it. It is also a reminder of the wonderful gift of eternal life and the frailty of the opportunity to share the good news with others. May we do our best to never miss any witnessing opportunities!
In June, during a short break in classes, we entertained our first visitors from the United States, the Pastor of our sending church (Dan’s Dad and family). We enjoyed seeing some sites in Paris and throughout the French countryside. The Lord also gave us an opportunity to visit a missionary, supported by our sending church, who has labored in France for nearly 20 years. He asked us to present our burden for Madagascar. Dan gave a 10 minute presentation in French. We were encouraged by the response of the people to both our ministry and our French.
In the three months we have been here, we have started building relationships with neighbors, teachers, and various people in our town. Though our French is still limited, we have found many individuals to be quite friendly and very quick to help. We pray that as our French increases so will these relationships. We look forward to the day when we will be able to communicate the Gospel clearly.
We continue to progress each week. We have a lot of work to do and greatly need and appreciate your prayers as we push forward in the task God has given us. I recently read some verses that, though perhaps slightly out of context, were an encouragement to us: Jeremiah 1:7-8, “But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.” When practicing a new language, reading faces is very important and often intimidating and there have been times when we felt like we needed deliverance! Nevertheless, where God guides, He provides…not just the material needs but the mental also.
Dan, Rachael, Moriah & Hannah Brown