Day 3

From the top of the Arc de Triomphe

It is 11:30am in Paris, France and 5:30am in America.  We are at the airport getting ready to head to Sweden.  It was a great day and a half in Paris and God has already suprised us with our schedule.

We landed Monday morning in Paris.  The airport lost Matt’s luggage so we had to wait for them to find it.  By the time they found the luggage the car we were suppose to take to the hotel had left because he had waited so long for us.  So again we had to wait for the car to return.  By the time we made it to the hotel we were exhausted, so we all took a nap.

Eiffel Tower

Gloria and Matt in front of the Eiffel Tower

We hooked up with Brendan White, the pastor from Hillsong Paris, for dinner.  He introduced us to French food, snails and raw hamburger meat.  Yes, I said raw.  The meat has all sorts of herbs and spices and it is shaped like a hamburger, but it is just not cooked.  We tried it and it was good.  I probably won’t be cooking it at home, though.

Matt and Pastor Brendan of Hillsong Paris

Pastor Brendan told us Hillsong United was going to be in Paris Tuesday night, but they didn’t have any tickets left.  No problem – we were going to explore Paris.

Matt and I in front of the Arc de Triomphe

Tuesay we had to wake ourselves up, we are trying to get our bodies used to the time change.  The First place we walked was the Arc de Triomphe.  We climbed to the top of the structure and we could  see for miles.  Paris is a huge  city.  Then off to the Eiffel tower.  WOW, what an amazing structure!  Then we just walked the streets of Paris shopping and eating.  About 5:00pm Pastor Brendan called to say they had tickets to Hillsong United.  YAY!!  So off we went to get ready for the concert.  I told you we go to church wherever we are. 🙂

Hillsong United at Hillsong Paris

There were over 1000 people there.  For Paris that is a huge miracle.  God is moving!!  From the first note of the worship service you could feel the presence of God.  It was an amazing historical night and what an honor to be a part of it.  I also felt like it was a night for us, getting us spiritually ready to go teach and encourage other believers in Sweden and India.

We were invited to go to the green room after the worship service.  Can I just tell you Hillsong United is the same off stage as they are on stage?  And the staff at Hillsong Paris is amazing!  What a great surprise God gave us!!

Today I am really feeling the jet lag.  Tired and my brain is a little foggy. So, I hope this blog is making sense. I am hoping for a nap on the plane. Sweden is in the same time zone as Paris so it should be getting easier and easier.

Please continue to pray – we can tell people are lifting us up in prayer.
Pray for continued safety, for clear thinking, that we would be an encouragement to those God sends us to minister to, and that God would direct our steps.

Off to Sweden,
Martha

  • Christian

    Awesome to hear how God’s providing all these great experiences. We are praying for you guys and excited at what God is going to do the rest of this week.

  • Angi

    GREAT UPDATE! Thanks Martha for keeping us posted. We are praying for clarity of mind and spirit on this journey – and we know God will use you to bless those around you! Can’t wait to hear/see more!

  • Anne Harkins

    I am so excited for all that God is doing for and through you during your time overseas! God is amazing!

  • Jill

    So excited for you guys !!!! So cool to see Gods blessings fall on you all!!! Love you all!!!

  • How awesome is God? You guys go off to nurture and encourage others… and He orchestrates everything so HE can encourage you!!!

    Thanks for the updates. Praying for naps today and incredible God appointments in Sweden.

    Much love to you all!

  • So excited for you guys !!!! So cool to see Gods blessings fall on you all!!! Love you all!!!

  • Elizabeth

    We are in prayer for you and excited to see what God is doing through you! Don’t be eating any more of that raw hamburger!!!! I’m praying for your digestive system now!

  • Amy

    We are in prayer for you and excited to see what God is doing through you! Don’t be eating any more of that raw hamburger!!!! I’m praying for your digestive system now!

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  • I am so excited for all that God is doing for and through you during your time overseas! God is amazing!

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