About six months ago I read the book “L’abri”. It is the story of Francis and Edith Schaeffer, who were missionaries to Switzerland throughout the fifties, sixties and seventies. They opened their home at the foot of the Swiss Alps to travelers of every kind, as a L’abri.

L’abri means shelter, or refuge, in French.Their home became a place where many malnourished souls were fed physically and spiritually, while in the shelter of their modest chalet. Their simple ministry of hospitality and teaching of the Word was used by the Lord to lead thousands to a saving knowledge of Him over a period of decades.

When Lucinda and I began to look for a home here in Farmington, our prayer was that the Lord would make it a L’abri. That He would grant us a home, not solely for our pleasure, but a place where family, friends, and seeking souls, would find spiritual shelter.  The Lord has granted us our heart’s desire. There have been so many guests since we moved here two short months ago, that someone dubbed our house the Harrison Hotel.
Chris and Melody Burke, friends from Maranatha Chapel, came in July.
Lauren Steffler came with Lucinda when she returned from her visit to San Diego. She stayed with us for two and a half weeks. Lucinda and I were excited to show her all that the Show Me State has to offer. Her Missouri firsts included, conoeing on the Black River, horseback riding, a fish fry, and of course, chiggers.
Last Sunday we were blessed to be visited by another family from Maranatha, the Holtzhouser’s. They stayed with us until Tuesday morning, but we had just enough time to sneak in a little fishing in the Big River.
On Thursday we were graced with presence of yet another couple from Maranatha, Pastor Dan Gordon, and his wife Rhonda. On Sunday we visited Calvary Chapel Festus in the morning and then Dan taught Mark 5 for us here at Parkland Chapel on Sunday evening. Every chair was full. Praise the Lord!

We are so thankful to Him for granting us the perfect home to host guests and have a Bible study in. May God continue to get the glory through this home He has granted us. Please pray for Jared Burke as he wraps up his time at Maranatha and prepares for his cross country journey out here next week.

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