Following the terrorist attacks in Paris this week, we received the following update from our missionaries serving in France. Please continue to keep Tom and Lucy Blanchard in your prayers, as well as those affected by the terrorist activities. — A.C. Caswell, Pastor of Youth and International Missions
Just a note to let you know that Lucy and I are okay. Alsace is several hours east of Paris, so we aren’t directly in danger at this point. We do have many, many friends in the Paris region. So far, we haven’t heard of anyone we know who was directly affected by this manifestation of human evil, but it still might be too early to tell. Thank you, thank you, to the many of you who have written, or even contacted our children to know how we are.
The country of France is in an official state of emergency. Border controls, which we haven’t seen for years, are back in place. Paris is almost completely shut down, and there will be three days of mourning. The country is bravely trying to collect itself and move ahead. But people are badly shaken, as terrorist kamikazes could strike anywhere, anytime.
Another fatal event, this one apparently accidental, happened this afternoon closer to us, near Strasbourg. A test version of France’s TGV high-speed train went off the rails into a canal, leaving at least 10 people dead and many seriously injured. Authorities don’t suspect terrorism, but the collective grief of the country keeps increasing.
Thank you for your prayers, and please continue to pray for France. Pray for wisdom and courage for the French leaders. But even more, please pray that our Lord will bring good out of evil, and somehow use this tragedy to bring others to know the One who gave His life as a sacrifice, the perfect sacrifice, so that others may have eternal life.
Tom, for Lucy too
Written by AC Caswell - Website
A.C. is a member of that rare breed known as the native Phoenician. He joined the CBC ministry team in 2014 and is the Pastor of Student Ministries and Global Missions. "I especially long for God to use me in the transformational time that teenagers endure. I hope to be a light of wisdom and hope as they traverse the many obstacles in between childhood and adulthood." “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” – I Timothy 4:12