The youth group from Centre Evangelique Protestant of Colombes, France departed on Sunday afternoon, October 30. Donna, the bus driver, is the red-haired lady standing, and Elodie, our French church member who translated, is sitting below Donna. Their airplane departed the Savannah airport shortly after 4:00 p.m. (16:00 hours) on Sunday.
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The following were comments made on Facebook by members of First Baptist Church of Rincon about the youth group visiting from Colombes, France. Each has given their permission to share their thoughts:
Christina Cleveland Glendye I was not able to be around them a whole lot, but when I was, I was so blessed! Sherri, thank you for everything you did to make this trip so special and meaningful to them!
Elodie Couratier Lockhart Are you done drying your eyes? lol It was great week!
Sherri Gordy Yeah, thanks for making me cry! You could have translated Pastor Thierry’s words into something funny! I was truly overwhelmed with his kind words and humble appreciation. It was a very great week.
Becky Harrison Cowart A BIG thank you Sherri!! There are no words to express the amazing job you did this week. The French group were deeply touched and blessed and we were touched and blessed as well. Thank you for letting God use you in such a wonderful way.
Dana Brackett Flood Sherri, you are amazing! From the itinerary, the daily dinner groups, tickets, phone calls, text, everything was detailed perfectly! God blessed our family with this experience!
Elodie Couratier Lockhart @ Sherri… I cried because you cried and because I was feeling the same as Pastor Thierry…. You did a great job! God is awesome!
Pastor Thierry Auguste called me from France this morning to say that they had a good trip home and he received many text messages from the parents of the youth saying they cannot stop talking about the wonderful time they had in America. Pastor Thierry wanted to thank the Lord and thank our church and especially Sherri Gordy, our organizer, for making it such a great experience of ministry and fellowship.
The French team enjoyed shopping in Savannah on Saturday. Sherri Gordy (wearing the “Georgia” shirt) was the American coordinator for the trip. She did a wonderful job, and Sherri was able to join us. We were also very grateful to the host homes and to the bus drivers: Donna Avera, Larry Matthews and Bryan Gilde.
The youth group from France enjoyed touring Savannah on Thursday. They visited the beach at Tybee Island, and saw dolphins in the ocean and even found a crab on the beach.
They visited First African Baptist Church, the oldest black church in North America, and saw where it is believed that escaping slaves were hidden in the “underground railroad.”
They saw the beautiful cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and the fountain at Forsyth Park. After walking on River Street, they rode a ferry across the Savannah River to come home, tired from a long day.