The first few days in Montreal were tough. We had electricity, which had been out before we got there, and a team who has been incredibly loving and helpful. What we didn't have was phone, internet, banking, or STM passes. The phone and internet were supposed to be ready and waiting when we got here. We had set that all up before we left and even paid 4 months in advance as a deposit, which is normal up here as people with no Canadian credit history. After a long bit of run around, we ultimately found out that they were going to refuse us service and we would have to contact our credit card to be reimbursed. Thus began the hunt for phone and internet services without the use of phone or internet. God knew what he was doing when he sent us Dave! He helped us get through all the difficulties that we were facing. We found a company who came and set up our internet but couldn't get a phone for anything. Dave was kind enough to put us on his plan and we are so grateful that we should have a phone this week.
The rest of our set up has gone fairly smoothly. Everything works differently here than in the US. It all takes time and patience. The first few days were very stressful for us. Each day that goes by gets a little easier and more comfortable. Yesterday we attended City Church for the first time. Everyone was so friendly and we are really looking forward to working with them. I did cry like a baby though as they played Oceans (the song we associate with our friends the Jobes in Madagascar) and The Stand (which we sang at our commissioning ceremony just 2 weeks before).
We are looking forward to this second week in Montreal. We will have the chance to meet the rest of our ReachGlobal team. We will have the chance to go out and learn more about this city that we are living in. As we begin a 21 day journey of prayer, study, and fasting with our church (which just happened to start the day we started coming), we will be asking God what His plan is for us in this city and what His plan is beyond these 11 months.