France – The Journey There

Hi from France! After a LONG few days, we finally made it to France yesterday afternoon. The journey started at the Hilton Sunday evening for briefing. We stayed the night there and the next morning we left for the airport. We made it through security just fine, ate lunch, and then waited to board the plane to Chicago. We eventually made it on. I was so excited to be on our way! Unfortunately, soon after we boarded, the pilot told us that there were mechanical issues and we had to get right back off.

We spent the next hour or so waiting to see if we’d be able to make it to Chicago in time for our connection to Paris. While the directors sorted things out, we watched as our flight got delayed later and later and eventually was cancelled. We ended up spending our first night of project at a hotel in Minneapolis.

Everyone was pretty disappointed that we weren’t on our way to Paris, but we woke up the next morning bright and early just as excited to be on our way again. When we got to the airport, right away we saw that our flight to Dallas was delayed.  We initially weren’t worried, because we had plenty of time to get off the plane in Dallas and onto the connection to London. However, due to the weather that flight was also canceled, which meant we would miss out flight to London.

We ended up splitting up, some going to Chicago right away and others waiting to fly to Dallas later in the day. I waited in Minneapolis for many long hours and eventually made it to Dallas and then to London and finally to Paris. All of the delays were worth it though, because so far Paris has been great!

The hardest part about being here is the language barrier. Not knowing the language is pretty difficult because it is hard to communicate. I often don’t know what is going on which is a little scary and pretty frustrating, but people here are friendly and some of the other students can speak some French, which has been very helpful.

Despite difficulty communicating, the first day was excellent! We spent our first full day (today) sightseeing and visiting a campus that we will be going to, to talk to students. Everything here is SO beautiful. You can see so many picture worthy sights just walking down the streets of Paris. Everything looks like it came right out of a movie. I see why it is the most visited city in the world.

My favorite part of the day was visiting the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. The church itself was gorgeous, but the best part was the view of the city. It was breath taking; I could have spent all day looking at it. Seeing the city like that got me really excited about what God is going to do here this summer! I can’t wait to see what God has in store for Paris in the next six weeks and for how he is going to use what we do here for His glory after we leave!

 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

The view of Paris from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris:

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