Raymond and Carol Simon

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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On May 19, after several busy weeks of packing, moving, and saying goodbyes, we returned to the US for our year of home assignment. The reason for our earlier-than-usual departure from our country of service was to attend the bi-annual Council of the Alliance. The last week of May was spent in Long Beach, CA with colleagues from many other parts of the world and from various sister churches in the US.
During the weeks that followed, we took a road trip through 8 states and 3 Canadian provinces, spending time along the way with family members. Following one more trip to Colorado Springs for our home assignment ministries seminar in early July, we returned to Redding, CA to settle into the house that we will be living in for the next few months.

We are once again serving as international workers in residence (IWIR) at Simpson University during this upcoming school year. Your prayers for us are greatly appreciated as we teach one class per semester; the first class for the fall semester is Peoples of the World: France. Ray will have the bulk of the teaching responsibility, with some participation from Carol as well. We are part of the Spiritual Formation Division of Student Development, and had a great 24-hour retreat with student leaders Thursday-Friday of last week. We will be working closely with the two student leaders who are in charge of the Global Impact (missions) group on campus. Training for student leaders began last week and continues through this week, with new students arriving on Sept. 4. Classes begin Sept. 8.

Our three children and three grandchildren all live in Redding, so we are blessed to be able to spend time with them this year!

We really miss our “family” in Limoges. The church is functioning without a resident pastor this year. Two young elders are responsible for the proper functioning (making sure that things run smoothly in) of the church, and there will be a missionary pastor coming to bring a Sunday morning message at least once a month. This is a challenge for a young church.

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

*Praise God with us for a good English camp in W. Central France at the end of this past July, led by a young couple from our church in Limoges. Their desire is that this camp will draw young adults, both believers and non-believers, so that some may hear the truth of the Gospel message and witness the love of Christ in the lives of the believers. Pray that those non-believers who attended will be touched by what they heard and saw during the camp, and will give their lives to Christ.

*Pray for the EPEL – the church in which we have been ministering in Limoges, France, as they carry on without a pastoral couple. Pray for wisdom and strength for the leadership, and that unity and love would continue to reign in the church, allowing it to be a light in this very needy community.

*Pray for us as we begin the school year and meet new students. We will be working in collaboration with two student leaders in particular. Pray that we will have wisdom and direction as we teach and interact with students and faculty/staff. We desire to be salt and light, even in a Christian environment.

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Updated: September 01, 2015

Children's Names
Tyler
Whitney
Spencer
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
France

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