We were blessed with a diverse group of European and American speakers who delivered outstanding messages. In addition to our daily services alternating between French and English, we enjoyed a special hymn-singing hour in French and English, a spectacular talent show and dance, and well done children’s festival instruction.
We welcomed individuals observing the Feast for the first time and rejoiced in exceptionally beautiful weather and with an equally beautiful spirit of love and concern for one for another. Everyone pitched in, stepped up and contributed to making the eight days very special.
Excursions to Nice, the medieval “perched” village (and amazing artistic and shopping destination) of St. Paul de Vence, the island of St. Marguerite, and to the perfume capital of Grasse to tour a perfume factory, provided great opportunities to enjoy the sites of the region as well as fellowship with brethren. We also visited the local artisanal specialty of the region, chocolate making, in the medieval village of Roquebrune, as well as hiked the 1,000 feet to the top of the Roquebrune rock.
Having the exclusive use of the property, brethren enjoyed fine French cuisine with copious choice in cheeses and wine, with the open gelato bar being a real hit. What really makes the Feast special, though, was just being able to spend time together, all in one place, sharing each other’s joys and challenges over a meal, after an evening activity in the main reception area over a beer, or on the bus visiting the various local attractions. It’s God’s people being together and His Holy Spirit being poured out abundantly that we all treasure.