Thursday, January 31, 2008

FRIENDS and FELLOWSHIP

My husband had been inquiring about churches and we finally found an English speaking church...an hour from our home. We had visited a few Swiss churches, but found it quite difficult to understand even though we were slowly learning French. We met a few families that did speak English and enjoyed their fellowship from time to time.

How happy we were to finaly find some Christian fellowship. The church we decided to attend wasn't a huge church...people from many countries. Switzerland with it's central European location brought in a lot of foreign workers and diplomats. An older British couple befriended us...dear Jack and Anne-Marie. They invited us to dinner often knowing how long our drive was and they loved our children.

As we got to know them...they got to know us...and our present situation in life. A very caring couple. Sometimes when my husband was called into work on Sunday, Jack would drive the distance to pick up the children and I and then drive us all the way back if my husband did not get off work in time to pick us up at their house. Such kindness touched me deeply.

It seemed as though the LORD had placed this loving couple in our midst to fill that void of our family that we missed so much. Anne-Marie always had special treats for the children and each time we left, they walked us to the car and then stood in the drive waving good-bye.

Philippians chpt. 2 verses 1-2
If there be any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

5 comments:

Pam--in Jerusalem said...

Hmmmm, why does this story sound so familiar? Oh yes, you and your husband our my family's "Jack and Anne-Marie". God is so good to bless us with such wonderful Christian fellowship.

HOPE said...

Isn't it wonderful the way God brings those we need into our midst. I needed YOU, Pam...as much as you needed me. We should share how the Lord led you just before moving to another location...to me..via another person!
As the verse says...being of the same mind...
(and heart) you can't help but meet these people.
I thank the Lord always..for bringing you..a sweet, dedicated Christian into my life.

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I am so thankful for those down though my life that God has brought to be to be my friends. Even in this blogging world I have been very blest with Christian friendship. Thank you very much "Hope." connie from Texas

Daughter of the King said...

I have been so thankful for people like this is our life...and have been honored when we have been those people..another great post.
Deby

HOPE said...

Thank you Deby....it is such a blessing to just be who you should be at the right time...serving the LORD with a ready heart and hand, and he opens the door to someone's need..even our very own.

Thanks again for your faithful visits "friend"!