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To (and From) the Ends of the Earth
Batts Abroad - June 2022
From my new green chair in our cozy living room in Québec City, I can see two other large modern apartment buildings, nestled next to our own. Electric cars sit in parking spots next to our (officially imported) Jeep. Manicured lawns and beautiful landscaping fill the rest of the scene and we regularly see people in nice workout gear running around the high school track located just across the parking lot from us.

It's hardly the "ends of the Earth" from a normal perspective.

In the last three months, we've traveled from the east coast of North America to the west coast multiple times (and remote Yukon is the ends of the earth). We wrapped up life and ministry in Sherbrooke and spent a week with my parents on their ranch in Oregon. We packed all of our belongings into a small cabin on campus, then into a large U-Haul, and finally into our new apartment. We took lots of trips to IKEA and Home Depot and recycled more cardboard boxes than we can count.

But we finally feel settled into a true home after being nomads for two years. 
Filling up yet another U-Haul truck
Québec may not seem like the ends of the earth to most people. But after living here for four weeks (and making enough social gaffes to last at least a year), it sure feels like it is. 

Here's what we've learned:
  • If a wedding invitation says to arrive at 2:00pm, the wedding won't start until 3:00pm. So don't show up at 1:50pm with three little kids, no snacks, and only a handful of toys. 
  • If no one tells you where to take trash bags at your apartment building, don't assume they should go in the big green dumpster in the courtyard. You'd be wrong.
  • Don't offer the guys delivering your new fridge fresh chocolate chip cookies. Apparently that's awkward.
  • If there's no sign at the apartment pool, don't assume it's open for swimming. Wait for the city lifeguard to show up, and then you can swim. And when she asks six times what gate you entered before she arrived (and it takes all six times to understand her question), just know that for some reason, she won't like that you walked through the gate that was unlocked... and open... and right by the sidewalk. 
  • When in doubt, dress up. No one runs around town in old shorts and t-shirts (oops).
Exploring old Québec
Great lessons, huh? Here's what we've really learned:
 
"From the ends of the earth, I call to You, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the Rock that is higher than I. For You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe." - Psalm 61.2-3

From the middle of Québec, we can call to God in whatever language we want. We can call as our hearts grow faint from living in and loving a new culture. He will lead us to the Rock that is higher than us. For He has been our refuge, a strong tower against the challenges of new languages and new life and new cultures and new church and new parks and new grocery stores and new currency and...

And in it all, God is with us. He gives us joy and strength and grace to endure. We're so thankful.
Spring 2022 Video Update
A Behind-the-Scenes Glimpse at Our Life:

1. We've joined a church plant called Maison Coram Deo who seeks to reach people living in the Saint-Foy area with the hope of the Gospel. For the summer, we're meeting in a local park and it has been such a fun way to get to know the community around us. Here's a little glimpse of what our Sunday mornings look like.

2. We're living in a three-bedroom apartment in Saint-Foy. One of the bedrooms is a designated play room for the kids and throughout the day, the floor is covered in stuffed animals, LEGO, books, and/or dress-up clothes. 

3. Our apartment is right next to a walking trail in the woods, down the street from a small grocery store, and around the corner from a nice playground. We've enjoyed opportunities to practice conversational French with people as we learn to live here.
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After praying for them daily for nearly seven years, Ruth, Clara, and Hudson each prayed to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior this month! We shared more about it here. It's been so fun seeing how God is already working in their lives and making them more like Him.
Thanks for praying for our family! Here are a few specific prayer needs:
  • Continued growth in French: Melissa is meeting with a new conversation partner; pray for R's salvation and for encouraging times together. Allen will begin meeting with his partner soon.
  • Teammates traveling. Most of our teammates are out for the summer, helping with trainings, visiting churches, and spending time with family. Pray for their safety and fruitful times of rest.
  • Wisdom in life and ministry. Pray that God guides us into the work He wants us to do during the summer and fall months as we adjust to life in Québec.
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120-3775 Avenue des Compagnons
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