Saturday: We decided to head to the other side of the St. Lawrence River on Saturday to eat lunch and take some pictures. Lunch was at La Fabrique du Smoked Meat, where we had poutine and smoked meat sandwiches. A quick visit to a little candy store across the street was next, and then we headed to the Terrasse de Lévis to take pictures of downtown. The wind chill was -30F, so we did not stay out long. Then we headed to a different mall to compare the Walmart here to the Walmart in the States. Our trip also included a stop for coffee and hot chocolate, a visit to Dollarama, and some souvenir shopping. Saturday night was spent talking about the ministry here in Québec, asking and answering questions about ministry and culture, and watching a French game show.
Wednesday: Everyone was up and headed to the airport at 10am for their 12pm flight. After a two-hour delay, they were finally on their way at 2pm and were actually able to make it home on time.
There were many things I loved about having this group, but I will just share a couple. First of all, I was able to do and see things that I had never done or seen before, because we do not usually have guests during the winter. I loved seeing the city I love so deeply through their eyes. Second, I enjoyed the fellowship and comraderie with Mrs. Derbe, who herself spent more than 2 years ministering in France. It was fun to compare notes and thoughts and enjoy the common bond of similar experiences. Third, I love teenagers. Danny and I spent 5 years in youth ministry and then 8 years involved in Christian School ministry. Where some people avoid teenagers at all costs, I am drawn to them. I love when I can get them to open up and share their thoughts and desires. There were many moments and opportunities to dig in with these teenagers and learn about them. Never under-estimate a teenager. Some of them had great spiritual insight and a deep desire to know God and serve Him. Some are more open than others, and that is okay too. There are also things to be learned from the quietness of some young people. I walked away from this week with a love for those students and their sponsors. I was encouraged by the time spent with this sweet group of people and appreciate those who paved the way for this trip to happen.