Friday, 23 November 2012

Thanksgiving with the Young Adults of Marseille, 2012

Last night we had a Thanksgiving dinner with the JA of Marseille at their request.  The meal was awesome as usual because Jeannine made it.  There was one glitch, "The Jello"  France has not caught on to the concept of Jello.  It was the funniest thing to watch each of our JA try the new experience of Jello.  You would have thought they were eating worms.  The look on their faces was priceless. Orianne was heard to say, "Food should not move like that" they liked the taste but couldn't get past the texture.  Needless to say it was not a bit hit.  The rest of the meal was received with great appreciation.  The French are not used to having such a big meal.  After dinner, Orianne threw herself on the couch like Tyler used to lay on the floor after a big meal in pain of eating too much.  The difference between our two cultures in eating are the progressing of the food.  We as Americans place it all before us at once.  The French eat in progression.  As Jeannine and I prepared our plates and returned to the table we noticed that all the kids just had salad on their plates.  Oooooops.  They started out by eating the bread, then went for the salad, then went for the main course.  A very polite way of eating.  I might eat less if I did it that way.  Anyway a good time had by all.  We had one non member come, Deema Moujally from Lebanon.  She is awesome and seems to be very comfortable with Jeannine and I.  These young people are the kindest and most thoughtful people I have met in one group.  This was a Family Night activity so the numbers were few.   At Institute we have double the numbers.  It is difficult for the kids to come to church for F.N. activity, Institute and then church on Sunday because of distance.  It is a big sacrifice to come because most of them go to school from 9 in the morning to 5 at night.  Then they take the bus to the center and haven't had anything to eat.  They NEVER complain.  So it is a long day for them.  

This was not a big hit.  I think I ate most of it.  Most of them tried it but only two finished it. 

The Family Night Group

This is Deema from Lebanon.  She speaks French, English and Arabic.  She is a Non Member who has attached herself to us.  She has had the lessons but has not committed to baptism yet.  We love her and are so glad to have her still feel apart of us. 

Mom and Fany with Emeric in the background.

Coralie and Mom

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