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 2012 - Barb and Steve Grabill (Team Testimony)

Barb and Steve Grabill
Sumner, Iowa
July 2012 BLF Impressions Team


Steve and Barb Grabill In July, 8 members of Team France journeyed across the ocean to learn about our French brothers and sisters. God opened our eyes and our hearts to the needs of the people of this beautiful, but dark country. So few even know who Jesus is anymore. Many profess to have a Catholic background, but do not attend any church or have a relationship with Jesus. The cities and small villages all have large beautiful churches, but no one goes anymore. It was hard to comprehend.

But, God is working through BLF and France Pour Christ missionaries! Our team began Monday at the BLF (Bibles and Literature in French) publishing house in Marpent, for two days. Our jobs consisted of carpentry work and office duties. We re-priced books, painted, caulked and stuffed envelopes for a mass mailing of their new catalog. The staff at BLF was so inviting and fun to work with, that the time flew by! The last three days of the week were spent with missionaries Christoph and Evelyn Bapst in Saint Avold. We walked many many blocks delivering tracts (brochures) to mailboxes. The tracts spoke of our Savior Jesus Christ and the difference He could make in their lives.

It was a wonderful experience for all of us staying with the Bapst family, meeting their Christian friends and eating French food. During the whole trip we had a host guide with us. He was wonderful, always willing to give us a history lesson as we toured, and he also let us go shopping a few times! Kevin and Debbi (she prepared amazing meals for us) have been hosts for the BLF teams for 10 years now and are from San Diego, CA. As our trip came to an end, we all decided we would love to come back again. It was a life changing experience for all! Our team members included:

Steve and Barb Grabill-Sumner, IA

Marilyn Hoepfner- Sumner, IA

Luke and Erin Fosselman-Boone, IA

Marlys Heller-Sumner, IA

Cheyenne Heller-Kansas City, MO

Shelly Grabill-Princeton, IL

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