Last week I consecrated more time at the library to study the 6 articles that I was given in preparation for the oral expression exam. The day of the exam we will pick from a pile and have to resume the article by explaining the general theme, the main points, the opinion of the author as well as our own. We’ll have 30 minutes of preparation and 30 minutes of presentation though the time used to express our own opinion will be in the form of conversation. Each day last week I set a goal to study 1 article and then on Friday I read through two. Friday my host mom was kind enough to listen to me read on of the articles and correct me a little. She did not correct my pronunciation so much as my intonation. I tend not to speak loud enough and I tend to have problems with my intonation. This has always been a point of critique even in English. Saturday morning I went to the Jardin d’Arquebuse and I read a few articles out loud trying my best to ameliorate the fludity, rapidity and intonation of my phrases. Sunday afternoon I found a video on YouTube that ressembles a workbook exercise tape for french phonétiques. My mentor, Louise, mentioned that this is something I as well as other Grace students could work on.
Last week, I also made a goal to finish reading the book entitled ‘Stange Virtues: Ethics in a Multicultural Word’. It was very pertinent as I had some conversations with neighbors, personal encounters and social events that corresponded to some general themes from the last chapters. Reading about the necessity and priority of justice in the Kingdom of God via the story of a missionary couple who risked their lives to stop neighborhood violence, rape, as well as other injustices is challanging. I reflect upon the conditions of my host family, house mates, neighbors,class mates, refugies, homeless people etc. who are not far away from me and I have some serious questions from the bottom of my heart concerning the superficiality of my love for others. It has to be God’s love that changes me through believing, trusting and obeying Jesus Christ.
Louise and I had our last official rendez-vous as supervisor, intern, last Wednessday and this Wednesday we’ll meet at Caf&Co in order to finish out the interviews during the University Bible Group. However this Monday night she has opened her home to the Groupe Biblique Universitaire (GBU) responsables and I so that we can prepare for this Wednessday’s soirée à thème where we will ask the cultural survey questions. Prayers that this will be a culturally sensitive and spiritually nurturing time as we plan to follow up the categories with some Biblical references in order to see culture, society, morality, etc… from the point of view of God’s inspired Word. Also, prayers that people would be open … that I would be open and yet keep my eyes on Jesus.
I went out with some classmates Wednessday night, visited with some people from GBU, walked with a classmate to a tram station and had Amandine over at the host house for dinner! That was nice because otherwise I would have eaten alone.
Thursday morning was studying but I took a short break to talk with Amandine and Zoé whom I met later in the afternoon after I had finished my study goals for that day. That night, since it was a holiday, Bronson and I had ‘Audry Hepburn movie break’ with a bit of wine. We didn’t finish the movie but that’s okay.
Friday morning was expression orale and in the late afternoon I had the second to last English conversation with Thibault. We worked on phonics using the varied past tense forms of irregular verbs that french students about his age will eventually be tested on. Ex.” She rang the bell. They had rung the bell seven times before we decided to get up.” Doing the lesson makes me think about colonialisme and I hope that I teach in a manner that is respectful and not dominating.
Saturday I ate some comte bread, musli bread and a scoop of cassis sorbet. I sent a post card to my mom for her birthday which is coming up and I ran into the leader of the group KAWAA, which is a group formed in partnership with coexist but remains somewhat separate. He reminded me that the meeting was that night at Caf&Co. There I had intersting conversations. It was good to keep an open mind as far as the way of seeing things but I had to keep my gaurd up because alot of cultural pluralisme seems to seep into religous thought. I shared some about my relationship with Jesus but did not completely. Please pray for the Jewish, Laic, Muslum, Athiest, etc. members of the Dijon society. They are people made in Gods image too.
This Sunday we took communion and I was reminded of my need personally of Jesus’ forgiveness, of course that includes the recognition of my shortcomings, my sins – of intentional or unintentional discrimination(there are certain people with whom I was sharing but they became a bit demanding and so I started to avoid them… I hope that my heart is not hardening…Everyone needs the compasion of our Lord Jesus)
Kate returned from Normandy while I skyped with my mom on Mother’s day!
There is much else that I could include, but that will have to do for now.
Until next time, lets give our all-knowing God more control by letting go of our worries, getting rid of our sin and by keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus who understands us.