April 5, 2011

Family Vision Trip to Lyon

Thursday, April 7th, at 5:10pm (central time) all six of us will be on a plane leaving O’Hare International Airport in Chicago heading to Lyon, France, returning home on April 18th.  To say we’re excited would be an understatement.  This family vision trip is the next step planned by ReachGlobal for our family to experience first-hand what it will be like to live in Lyon.  ReachGlobal is committed to planting healthy churches using healthy teams that are made up of healthy families.  It is very important that each of our children, especially since they’re teenagers, have a peace about moving to and ministering in Lyon.

 Our time in Lyon will include:
  • ICCL Spring Retreat – April 9-10 (this is the English-speaking International church where we will be serving through music & worship)
  • Meet & spend time with the Lyon City Team families – 11th
  • Attend the Oasis (ICCL prayer meeting) – 11th
  • Attend men’s breakfast/Bible study – 14th
  • Attend women’s Bible study – 15th
  • Dinner with Refuge (young adult ministry) – 15th
  • Visit three potential schools for the kids – 12th & 15th
  • Tour various sections of the city – 11th, 12th, 14th
  • Attend ICCL’s church service – 17th  
As we get everything finished at work and packed to go, we have many thoughts that are swirling around in our minds, including:
  • How will everyone do on such a long flight, especially flying overnight on our way to Lyon? (1st flight from Chicago to London will be about 7 hours; 2nd flight from London to Lyon will be about 2 ½ hours)
  • What will it feel like walking the streets of Lyon?
  • How will the people act toward us Americans?
  • How will we communicate since we don’t yet know French?
  • What will the food taste like?  Will we be served something “unique” to France that we’ve never eaten before?
  • How does an International, English-speaking church that includes over 10 nationalities WORSHIP?
  • What will the schools be like?  Will it be easy to decide which school(s) to send Bailey, Spencer & Easton to?
  • Can we imagine living and serving in Lyon as a family?
  • Do we “gel” with the Lyon City team?
  • Do the kids like it in Lyon?
  • Do we sense God’s confirmation on His leading our family to serve in Lyon?
As you can see, there will be much to learn and experience while we’re in Lyon.  Please join us in praying for God’s confirmation on each of our lives!  We know that as He continues to lead us and as we continue to step out in faith, He will direct our paths.  Above all else, we want to be used by Him where He wants to use us and where He is working to give Him all the glory and praise!  Thanks for your prayers!


  1. I know that God will work out all of the questions that you have in a Jeremiah 29:11 way. I am glad you get to go. I have noticed in life that God sends people who will go. Praying for you!

  2. Wow. I'm so excited for you guys. My prayers are continuous for the kids - while their is some angst, I'm sure they are watching your faith in admiration and hope that they can follow God with the same commitment. It could not be easy for them. Have a great time at the retreat!