Matt is a dear friend of CLC and an ex-campus minister of the University of Houston. In 2010 he and his family packed up everything and moved to Marseille, France to start a new church planting movement. They have four kids, and Matt and Christie have been married for many years.
Below is Matt's latest newsletter to CLC:
What's Love Got To Do With It?...
Remember that song that Tina Turner made famous back in the 80's? Well, if you're funding a missionary, covering someone in intercessory prayer or packing your bags for the mission field, LOVE has everything to do with it. Jesus defined love so beautifully when he said, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down his life for another." Isn't that essentially what we are doing when we set aside our own convenience/time/vision/finance (just fill in the blank) for someone else?
Your prayers, encouragement, friendship and financial partnership with our ministry make Matt and I feel so loved. We thank God for His Great Love and we thank God for you.
HEALING PRAISE REPORT
In December, my (Matt's) parents were scheduled to spend Christmas with us here in Marseille, but my mother was taken strangely by numbness in her hands and feet around Thanksgiving, and sadly, they had to cancel their trip. The amazing news is that after 8 weeks of prayer and seeing the doctors, she has had an unexpected and surprising comeback. She now has feeling in both hands and feet. We look forward to spending time with them later this year.
NEW YEAR'S FRIENDLY COMPETITION
We finished off the end of the year (including New Year's eve) with a staff retreat that was a fun mixture of R&R and team building. There is nothing quite like a little friendly competition to build strong bonds of love between team mates. (Btw, if you're looking for a new fun board game, Settler's of Catan is a team favorite.)
EXPANSION OF MINISTRY TEAM
Speaking of our team, we will be growing by two. Pastors Ryan and Marita Caley, from Johannesburg, South Africa, will be joining us in Marseille. Their tickets are purchased and their big move is this upcoming May. Our team is looking forward to co-laboring with them and we are expectant of all that God wants to do in this new year. Please keep Ryan and Marita and their two boys, Daniel and Evan, in your prayers during this season of transition.
UK'S FUSION COMING TO FRANCE
I took three of our staff to the first France Fusion Gathering of Campus Workers in Lyon in mid-January. We were honored to share all that God is doing to touch hearts and change lives of students in Marseille. We are now better connected than ever as we move forward strategically in reaching the college campuses of Marseille and anywhere else the Lord leads. While there, I was invited to tour a brand new Catholic University overseen by one of the fastest growing Catholic churches in France. While touring the facility with the Priest/chaplain, he allowed us to pray with him. It was obvious (and glorious) to me that his vision for reaching students was increased as he connected with other campus ministers of the gospel.
More exciting beginnings this year to pray for:
1) Small groups in Paris and Aix-en-Provence
2) Bible School in Marseille
3) Monthly bi-lingual services
4) Matt leading mission trip to Moscow in September, Wahoo!!!
- Matt and Christy