Last week, we told you a bit about hiring an Administrative Assistant through Seeds of Hope. She is currently working 1 day a week and your continued gifts toward the Seeds of Hope initiatve could enable us to compensate her for more hours each week. Sylvie’s involvement will significantly lighten our director Jerry’s administrative load so that he can spend more time visiting and directly coaching church planters and team leaders.
We’re very pleased to have Sylvie join us. She is a French woman, a member of the Bible study with the Barrs and of the church in Magny where Baptiste is pastor. We asked her to introduce herself to you, and here is what she wrote:
As Christians, we have a BEFORE and an AFTER
When the Lord had only a small, tiny place in my everyday life, I could have explained my life like this:
I was lucky to be born and to grow up with my two sisters in a wonderful, loving family in Avignon. I was lucky enough to have all I needed, with no worries, and to progress in life with no major obstacles and with success. I was spoiled to have met David, my precious husband, and really lucky to have had two children Paul and Juliette later on.
A passion for my profession
With a diploma from the hotel school of Lausanne in my pocket, I first started out in the domain of “industrial” hotel services. For over nine years with the French hotel group Accor, I worked in different hotels and in different roles in Lyon, Bonn (in Germany), Versailles and Paris. In 1996, I left the Accor group and took the opportunity to join a more traditional hotel model at the center of the 8th arrondissement of Paris. I became the director of the hotel and was in charge of its opening after major renovations. Being at ease on the ground and working in teams, the pre-opening, opening, launching and management of the hotel were all important moments of my professional life.
Fully invested in this role, I spent 13 years with this business in management roles and was fully involved in the development of the company in Paris.
A pause in images
I look back and think of what I call my “appointments” with Jesus.
These unusual appointments began a change in the direction of my life.
First, there was a succession of serious medical problems over the course of several years for several family members. Then, there was a series of existential questions when I reached my 40th birthday, while we were beginning our family. These trials were largely due to my stubbornness in wanting to live my life in my own strength, without God! The moment to “bend the knee” had come.
YES to the Lord’s calling in 2009
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalms 34:4
I changed the priorities in my life. To devote myself to taking care of the family, I left my work because it was too time consuming.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8-9