It is official! France is turning off for about 10 days!
It is interesting that in French culture if you want to change something, you protest, get the word across that you are not happy.
There is a new labor law that has to do with overtime pay here in France and for a few months, there have been protests in the streets and people striking everywhere. Recently we were informed that SNCF, the French train system, would be on strike every Wednesday and Thursday through the 11th of July. 😦 😦
However, the other day in the Gare – when we asked about trains for a meeting we had in Toulouse the following day-we were informed that as of the 1st of June, until Monday the 11th of July there would be a strike, not just Wednesday and Thursday’s but EVERY SINGLE DAY.
OK this is a predicament at the moment and it isn’t letting up, there are strikes at the oil companies and some grocery stores and lots of other places everyone uses to carry on their daily activities. Now you can see what I mean when I say France is closing. All buses will be out of service for a least 10 days.
Our area is rather large and so buses and trams are a daily part of mission life. For the moment we are stuck.
In this time of opposition, our mission president has given us a challenge, to find 1000 new people to teach in these 10 days of “Mega Greve.” We will show faith and diligence and I am sure that the Lord will bless us. Hopefully, all the strikes will stop in time for the next transfers in mid June… We shall see.
This week we were able to get up to Toulouse in spite of strikes and pushed schedules, we had our district meeting and then we did a zone finding day. We got to change companions during the day and I was lucky to serve with both Elder Warner and Elder Peron who were old companions of mine! We had a great day with a lot of fun and we made kind of amazing race game of it. We had different challenges which helped to push us, we had a blast! 🙂
We noticed that a lot of people have been pushed by their ancestors recently. I say that because a lot of people would stop and talk to us but about family history which shows that their hearts are being turned towards their fathers, it was great to see and we were able to have a lot of conversations with people about their ancestors.
We were able to perform some service here with some of our friends in Tarbes, for some people we are teaching, it was a great time.
We have this big goal of 1000 new Amis and we are so excited to get to work on it! We will need a lot of faith and prayers but I am sure that we will be able to accomplish this goal, I will report back next week on our progress!
Yesterday, I gave a talk at church, I have given 3 talks in the last 4 weeks! 🙂 It has always been a last minute thing, but I am so grateful to be able to do it. I have learned to rely a lot more on the spirit to guide me because I have no time to prepare, it has been great practice and it is definitely something that will help me in my life.
I love you all, I hope you have a great week!
La mission Française de Lyon.