“Post” Card from Sanary-sur-Mer

We arrived in the late afternoon in Sanary-sur-Mer and were
welcomed by our hosts, Dan and Nancy Painter. Having worked in diplomatic
circles in Brussels, Luxembourg City, Paris, and Prague, they saw a need to
help families living abroad in unfamiliar countries with an insufficient church
presence. So in 1998 they founded ICCE, International Christian Community Eurasia, and planted a church in Aix-en-Provence, France, where there were 30,000 English-speaking people and no English-speaking place to worship. Currently they minister to a congregation in Marseille.

After aperitifs and hors d’oeuvres at their home, we had a chance to get to know them a bit over an informal dinner of pizza. Prior to this we’d only been acquainted through—what else?—Facebook. We turned in early because a baby shower for church members Fiona and Olivier was scheduled to take place the following day at their office, really a guest house, where ICCE interm Kyle has been staying since January. It would become our home for the next three days.

At ten o’clock the next morning, the Painters, their daughter,
Christi, and her three children came over to set up for the party, at which we
met about thirty people from the church in Marseille. The warmth and affection
that existed between all of them was immediately apparent.

The following day was Sunday, and Dan and Nancy suggested we visit the medieval village of Le Castellet. Filled with specialty shops offering candles, soaps and handmade quilts, it is a treasure-hunter’s paradise. We opted for a restaurant with steak and pasta on the menu, but local fare was also available. A highlight was a gem tucked away at 2 traverse du Presbytère called Goûts & Saveurs du Monde (04 94 34 63 85) where the owner purveys specialty wines and liqueurs and organic food items. Sample a brightly colored digestif, and if you’d like to purchase, he will put it in a
small glass bottle for you to take on your way.

Keith preached in the late afternoon at the church in Marseille, and the service was followed by a buffet dinner of roast chicken, salads, cheeses, breads and desserts. Among our new acquaintances were Chantale, her daughter, and friends.We departed the next morning, but took time to visit Christi’s children at the beach, a few minutes’ walk from our lodging. Part of the French school system in this area is instruction in water sports such as sailing and snorkeling (and there are no classes on Wednesdays!). A coffee on the waterfront followed, as we admired the boats docked on the shore, and then we were on to Grasse, city of perfume.

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About Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle (amzn.to/1RtRBwp) and print (amzn.to/1OiGlUU) versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at www.triciapimental.com and on Twitter @Tricialafille.
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3 Responses to “Post” Card from Sanary-sur-Mer

  1. bob padgett says:

    Tricia, great post. one question, when did Keith start preaching?Or have I missed something? Would love to hear him. Give him my best. Love you both, Bob

    • Keith taught multiple Bible studies and Saturday night and Sunday School classes when we lived in L.A. He really wants to return to that. I’ve already told him about your message, and than you so much for following my blog. XO to you all.

  2. bobbie says:

    i’m getting the feeling you guy’s are about to move even further away, but what ever make’s you HAPPY, glad you and keith are happy there and keith is doing well in the church.have a safe trip back,looking forward to seeing you guy’s in july.

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