This week, I went to Guingamp to sign the rental agreement. We had arranged with the Hartiels that I would leave the car in Plymouth and that they would pick me up in Roscoff.
Monday morning, just before leaving home, Jean-Baptiste woke up with a badly swollen throat. He’d had something for a while, but it didn’t seem to disturb him. But this time it was very painful and swollen. No need to say I didn’t want to go. But I wasn’t going away too long, so I went and Esther took him to the doctor. He was prescribed antibiotics and Ibuprofen, and given an appointment for the next day. He is better now, still swollen, but not in pain. Me must keep an eye on it.
It was strange to travel on my own and as a foot passenger. But it was enjoyable. I sat down quietly and made the most of the 5h1/2 trip to read. I hadn’t done that for such a long time… The sun was shining, the boat was quiet, no children running around. On the other side of the channel, Emmanuel Hartiel was waiting for me.
On Tuesday morning, we went to Guingamp, had a look at the house from the outside, and looked at the schools. Then we went to the Agency to sign the rental agreement. The man from the agency was late, but I talked with his colleague, and when we arrived, we went through the rental agreement point by point, before signing it. The tenant will move out on 9th August, and we’ll get the keys on 10th August. Things are slowly falling into place, but there is still so much to do.
On the way back, the boat was a bit busier. I watched a film in the cinema, before finding my seat and reading for the rest of the journey. The travel from Plymouth to Cardiff was very smooth: quiet motorway, and I was back hom at 1 this morning.
Some Sundays are especially blessed. Today was one of them. This morning, our Pastor preached from Joshua 1 on the theme: be strong and of a good courage. Israel was at a turning point. The generation that had known God’s mighty works in the wilderness had passed, and a new generation needed encouragement as they were about to enter the promised land. We are at the same turing point in Wales. The generation that has known God’s blessing in the fifties is passing away, and the new generation needs encouragement. He reminded us of the importance of being rooted in the Word, God’s love letter to us.
Then, we had lunch with our Landlords. It was hot and sunny, and we chilled out in their garden all afternoon. Now, Esther has gone to church, and some Ladies have organised some kind of little goodbye party for her. I have just put the children to bed, and will try to get ready for tomorrow’s quick trip to Guingamp. The ferry is at 3 pm, but Brittany Ferries has advised me to leave early because of roadworks in Plymouth city centre.
The June 2010 issue of Tabletalk Magazine has some helpful articles on Social Media and the church, available online. In his article, Ed Stetzer reckons that social media assist churches and Christian leaders in at least four ways:
- Social Media assist in Community
- Social Media assist in Communication
- Social Media assist in Inspiration
- Social Media allow better Introductions
Here is his conclusion:
Like all good things common to man, social media can be either a distraction or a blessing. It depends on what we do with them. Some say they take too much time — which tells me they may not be familiar with tools such as Twitter or Facebook.
Resisting social media and being unengaged in online community is safe but unwise. The gospel was not lost in the move from the scroll to the book, and it won’t be lost in the move from the page to hypertext. Social media are helpful tools that many in your congregation are already using — and your church (including its leadership) needs to be a part of that.
As I consider social media in the twenty-first century, I can’t help but think of the spread of the gospel and the church’s growth in the first century. Communication was greatly aided then by the common language of Koine Greek. Since the New Testament was written in a language accessible to so many, the Word of God was able to penetrate different cultures rapidly. Perhaps today the new media will be the “common language” for the masses to hear the gospel.
Ed Stetzer: The Blessings of the New Media, Tabletalk Magazine, June 2010
I have never been a fitness addict. In school, I didn’t like sport. I played Basket ball for a while, but was never good at it. I really don’t like running. I have never really been fit, but neither have I been unfit. nevertheless, in the last few weeks, I have come to realise I need to get back into shape a bit, so I have decided to go running regularly. I’ve bought some shoes, shorts and t-shirt and am looking forward to my first run. Although I know I’ll be out of breath after a few hundred yards, and will probably start regretting my decision. But I’ll try. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Today I am looking after Maxime. Esther has gone to Bristol zoo with Jean-Baptiste and the school. The weather is gorgeous.
Maxime and I have had a great time this morning. We went to Cathays on the train to make some photocopies, even with the cost of the train it is cheaper than using my inkjet printer. Then we went to the Bank and the post office in Whitchurch.
Maxime is now sleeping so I am making the most of it, reading and blogging along. The others will be back around 4pm and I’ll be going to Swansea later, speaking in Libanus.
Over the last two years, I have been working for a company called Warehouse Demo Services, doing in-store product demonstrations in our local Costco. It has been good and has given me a lot of flexibility. WDS is an agency, so I was giving them my availability, and if there was work, I could have some, if I couldn’t work for any reason, I didn’t have to work. But the drawback was that there was no holidays, and that our income could vary quite a lot. But also the first three month of the year were very quiet with very few shifts.
It has been an interesting experience, and I have met all sorts of people I would never have met otherwise. I have demonstrated all sorts of products as well, from French cheeses to washing powder, from Coffee to “healthy” Fryer. For example, last week I demonstrated Avocados one day, today Mozzarella Cheese and semi-dried tomatoes.
I’ll certainly miss the people I worked with as well as the Costco members (Costco does not have customers, but members). One thing I won’t miss is the uniform I had to wear, the gloves and hairnet. I’ve also been handling food, and so had to shave for that. I’ll be able to grow my beard again, which is great as I can’t stand having to shave every day.
The picture left is quite old, since then, I had to shave my face completely. On that day I was cooking Tuna steaks with Soya sauce if my memory is correct.