Augustin is from the French Island of Guadeloupe, and has lived in France for the last 20 years. He joined the team working in the 15th Arrondissement of Paris in October last year. Although he initially joined World Team for a one-year internship, he is now hoping to stay long-term. Here’s what he has to say about his time with World Team France so far.
How did you get connected to World Team France?
I was a student at Geneva Bible Institute when Chad and Ryan, two World Team France members, came to visit the college looking for interns for their project in Paris. I was looking for opportunities to work in evangelism and church-planting in France, so it seemed like a good fit.
Describe your current ministry project.
I joined the project in the 15th which is in it’s early stages, but is aiming to plant a network of house churches. During this internship year, there are two areas in which I’m working; I participate in the life of the team and the community forming around the team, and also I try to meet new people and build new relationships in order to share the gospel.
I am also working to raise the financial support that I need to be able to work long-term with World Team in France.
Where have you seen God most at work (in life or ministry)?
I am amazed that God brought me to work for World Team — because World Team originally started in the Caribbean and started many churches in my home country of Guadeloupe, but I had never heard of them until I was in Geneva. I also can see how God has brought me into the right team here in Paris, it is a team that I fit into and can work well with despite being from a different culture.
In ministry, it is good to see how God is at work as we put things in place for the project, even though we can only go step-by-step and each step might seem small to us. It is also wonderful how God gives us opportunities to build new friendships with people in a variety of different ways; for example we held a ping-pong tournament recently, and a few weeks after I met one of the participants in the street and he suggested that we meet up sometime.
How can our partners pray for you and your ministry?
Pray for me to be able to better manage my time, as I try to balance all my responsibilities.
Please pray that I will find new partners, both for prayer and financial support. I am taking a trip to the US this summer to try and raise more support, so please pray for me as I make plans and travel. I have a personal website (in french) you can follow as well: https://augustinenfrance.wordpress.com