The Jura department in Eastern France is a region of rolling hills, thick woodlands, historical buildings and vineyards. In this beautiful region, on the edge of the tiny village of Joudes, stands the Chateau de Joudes, an impressive 17th century building that now serves as a retreat and conference centre. This is where the World Team France team gathered for a week for our annual retreat. We all made the most of the beautiful area; some people went on hikes, others visited a vineyard or the quaint local town of Saint Amour. The kids had a great time playing in the grounds of the chateau and making friends with the animals!
It wasn’t all adventures in the countryside! Great teaching from Eliézer (one of the founding members of World Team France) led us to reflect upon the different adventure of living our lives as missionaries in France, and the place of prayer in that adventure. For me, right at the beginning of my life in France, it was a great reminder that whatever I will do in the years ahead will be a participation in the work of God, and that it is through prayer that this will be effective.
We also took time together as a team to consider some of the issues that affect us in our work, such as resilience, multi-cultural teams and leadership. We also shared our stories with one another, prayed together, worshiped, played games, painted, ate great food, made new friends and strengthened old friendships. What a great week — I can’t wait to do it all again next year!