John 20:1, “Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.”

We celebrate the resurrection of Christ as the proper response to His empty tomb.  It is history.  The events of that morning have been put to the test countless times, and the message resonates: He is truly risen.  The Bible believing people in the islands of Tahiti celebrate our Savior’s resurrection with the same joy as others all other the world.  In grief, in the travails of the pandemic, in poverty, and in heartache, the resurrection radically changes our view.  As the great song goes, “Because He lives…” The empty tomb is why we serve.  We have seen that truth transform lives time and again in the course of our sojourn here.  

body of water during golden hour
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We head home next week for a three week visit.  Our son graduates seminary in May and alongside that event we will be visiting family and friends in Texas and Colorado.  We may see some of you all along the way.  After eight months of life in rural Tahiti, we believe we are in for some culture shock.  Please pray for our safe travel and that the Lord protects our dear Tahitian friends in our absence.  It has been a very blessed beginning to what we hope will be many years of teaching, training, and serving in our second home.

Because He Lives,

Mark & Rene’