Friday, March 17, 2017

Current Projects 2017 - Detailed info

1) Increasing Monthly Support by 30% - What does this mean, and why do we need it?

When we arrived in France with came with a significant reserve that we used to supplement our monthly income. Over the past two years (the time that we planned from the beginning), that reserve is almost gone. Living in France is expensive and we simply need to augment our current monthly support by 30%. 

2) The Wallace Clan US Tour 2017 - What does this mean, and what does it include?

As much as we'd love to come back home more often, the cost is prohibitive to fly the entire Clan back and forth to the US. So with that in mind, we have held off our return until this summer. We'd love to stay longer and have the opportunity to visit everybody, but we really want to keep the kids on schedule with their school, which ends at the beginning of July and starts around September 1st. 

We know God has called us to France, but He has also asked to us share with the Church. We are excited to tell as many people as possible the way He is currently working in France, and we are just as passionate to share about the needs here. 

Our goal is to raise $10,000 by June 1st for this trip home. This includes: passport renewals (for all 6 of the Clan), international airfare, a domestic flight (for one person), meals, hotels and fuel for the road, and a few incidentals. So far, we have raised about $1000 for the project, but we need your help.

3) The Wallace Children Integration Program - What on earth does this mean?

A big part of our "ministry" here is the daily life that all of us live. Taking kids to school, volunteering for an outing, getting involved in after school programs or sports, etc. We have had multiple opportunities to meet with parents and our children's friends through getting involved in these activities. We also want our kids to truly feel at home here. The language and cultural transition is already difficult, but slowly and surely, they are making their way. 

A big part of this project is the purchase of a vehicle. For the last two years, we have been privileged to be able to use the OM France Minibus, but it is really time for us to be able to get a vehicle of our own. It has been one of our prayer subjects since our arrival, and we believe that this will be a great benefit to the whole family. 

The other aspects of this project include registration in the different activities for the kids throughout the year - music lessons, sports, etc. - and a budget for clothing for the kids. We thrive on hand-me-downs, but it is difficult to depend on nothing but those items to clothe ALL the kids. 

Our total goal for this project is $12,000.

How can you help?
1.    Pray - First and foremost, we understand that God provides. He uses people and different methods, but He is the source. Pray that He will open doors and lead people to give.

2.   Give - After you've prayed, ask if you feel God is leading you to give. If you feel led to be a partner in our ministry in France, you can give by clicking one of the following links.

Project #1 - Monthly Support

Project #2 - The Wallace Clan US Tour 2017

Project #3 - The Wallace Children Integration Program

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Day in the Life - Church

Here is the third video of the series:

A Day in the Life - Office

Here is the second video of the series:

A Day in the Life - Train

First in the series!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Wallace Clan Update - October 2016

Check out the update here:[UNIQID]


Friday, November 6, 2015

Marseilles - a different French experience

The trip to Marseilles was the first outreach event that we've participated in since our time in France in 2012. We were part of a team of over 100 participants from 7 different churches in the area. We passed out literature, hosted kid's clubs, and were part of teams doing street performances. Michelle and I got to lead the times of worship in the mornings and Emily got to be part of the mime team.

Overall, it was a taxing, hot, spiritually heavy, but ultimately rewarding experience. I am most thankful to know that we were able to build some great relationships with pastors in the area and there are plans in motion now for OM to return next year.

For some personal thoughts from Michelle about our Marseilles experience, you can click here to read her blog.

Michelle and Ted leading worship
Ted playing guitar at a kid's club event

Timothy and Ted's PSG group
Event at the Vieux-Port (Old Port)
At night

Michelle as part of the street performance team.
Ted sharing at our host church in St. Juste
Emily - the mime!
Ted and Jimmy at St. Juste

When we finished the week of outreach, we got the chance to meet with the Jones family and spend a few days together. We hadn't spent time together like this in almost 2 years!
Families that meet together, eat together

Judah's got a gun...

Family Life - updates on the Wallace Clan

Well, we survived the summer! We had a great time with family and saw a lot of new places around France. Here are some highlights:

We were so exited to have Ted's parents with us for a week!
Just hanging out on an old WWII tank

Life-long dream fulfilled - Normandy Beach

On the train to MTO
Emily and Daniel were able to go to a camp just for missionary teens, called MTO. They came back so excited, telling us about all the kids they met who have to learn multiple languages and have left behind family and friends to move overseas, just like them! God really spoke to both of them in unique ways, and they can't wait to go back again next year! 
They got to stay at a castle!

At Monet's garden in Giverny

We celebrated our 17th anniversary on June 20th!

Emily with some other OM ladies at a retreat
Emily is about to turn 16! It's amazing to watch how she's growing up. In addition to learning French in school, she is also learning German. She has had so many great opportunities to meet with other young ladies- in a local Bible study, friends she met this summer, even a new mentor she met at camp. Emily continues to develop her love of music, and recently wrote a worship song (maybe we can convince her to record it soon).

Daniel turned 13 in August! He has been drawing almost every day and loves creating characters for the epic story he's been working on for a few years now. Check out this amazing time-lapse video he created! He's doing better in school, working hard to learn more French. He is hilarious and asks the most profound questions about God and life. Also, we're pretty sure that he'll be taller than Emily any day now. 
The boys showing off their drawings/stories

Timothy is doing great. His tongue hardly bothers him at all, for those of you who've asked. He is taking Judo classes twice a week, so he'll probably be able to throw us on the ground soon. He's doing wonderfully in school, and can understand and speak French much better. He loves to draw, sing, ride his bike, and play with friends.

 Judah is becoming a little Frenchman. He can speak and understand a lot of French and daily tells us new phrases, songs, and games they play at school. He loves pretending to be superheroes and is a definite people-person like his dad!

Ted is adapting quite well in France. He even recently tried escargot (snails), although they admittedly weren't his favorite. He can speak fairly easily in French, and has been able to preach, pray, and lead worship in French with Michelle. He's also discovered a love for rugby, and is looking forward to getting to play the drums again soon!
The boys watching the Rugby World Cup

Michelle is doing better with French too. Speaking is getting easier, and she's able to read books in French and write fairly well. She's also discovered that music makes sense in any language! She's been learning to play guitar and had joined the worship team at church (great for language and courage).
With some of the singers at Hillsong Church in Paris

Overall, life in France is going pretty well. We're learning more about the language and culture every day, meeting local people, and settling into a new way of life. We're so thankful for the privilege to serve God in this country, and we can't wait to see what's around the corner!

Back to school

We loved hanging out with the Jones family this summer.

Lunch with our class at the language school
Cousins at the beach

A day off while training with OM in the Netherlands