New teammate introductions: Nicole

How did you get connected to World Team France?

Having felt called to ministry for a long time, I surrendered to the Lord on my high school graduation day my need to know what was next or where I was headed. But just that summer, (2014 – I know I am a young one) I began feeling called to France.

That Fall I began studying Intercultural Studies/Missiology and Organizational Communications at Cedarville University. Even just during my first few weeks, I felt that France was everywhere in my life. Never being the girl that dreamt of going to Paris, now every single one of my classes was connected to France in some way, and other random Frenchy things were sprinkled into my life—like randomly receiving a French/English Bible in the mail. God was teaching me about the diverse ministry needs in France and ways in which I have both experiences that will lend themselves well to ministry there and ways in which it would be difficult for me. He used all of this to break my heart for the people of France.

One evening while I was with a church group serving refugees, someone asked me the famous college-student question: “What do you want to do after graduation?” So, I shared my heart for ministry and what God had been doing with France. One of the couples then shared that the previous summer they had been to France for a Prayer Conference with World Team.

Having never heard of World Team (WT) before, I was quite surprised when the very next day there was a WT table set up in the student center of my university. I walked right up to the table (normally I would not do so, but I felt that I had an ironic story to share). Sure enough, one of the main reasons they were there was to recruit interns for a short-term trip to France to aid with the Paris Prayer Conference.

I applied right away, and soon the Paris Prayer Conference was on my calendar for the following summer. And throughout this time, God continued working, growing my vision for ministry. I also ended up accepting an internship with another organization to extend my time and experience in Paris.

During the Paris Prayer Conference, I just fell in love with France in a way I would have never imagined. Maybe even more so, I fell in love with the people of France VIE (World Team France). One day during the trip, we devoted a time of prayer to praying for new workers to come and join the team. Some of the missionaries joked with us interns that it was a dangerous thing for us to pray. I joked back—I already know I’m coming back, this prayer is not dangerous. However, it was in that moment that I felt God call me specifically to Paris, which is truly something I never imagined.

After returning from Paris, I spent the following two years working as a Campus Ambassador (somewhat of a recruiting intern) for WT. God used this time to cement my calling and be continuously placing my mind on France. He grew within me a desire to come to France in a way that involves being a church planter while also using practical skills/jobs/school to build relationships with people and contribute to the local community.

So, it just seemed to make sense that I would graduate after my Junior year and head to France to continue my education. I moved to France and joined the team in September 2018 as WT’s first Bi-Vocational Missionary in France.

Describe your current ministry project

As a result of my somewhat divided life, my current ministry looks a bit more multi-faceted than it does for many missionaries. I am in the process of going to language school and improving my French, I’m an English-teaching nanny for a family with 3 kids in the afternoon, I get to participate as somewhat of a part-time missionary on our team in the 15th district of Paris, AND God blessed me with a ministry to other international students at my school when 2 of my friends accepted Christ last October!

What is one area in which you’ve seen God the most at work (either in your life or in your ministry)?

I think the biggest thing that He has been teaching me over the last 4 years of this movement towards France is just truly how BIG He is and how SMALL I am. I am so grateful for how clearly He has called me here—both in things that happened prior to my leaving, and in many things that have happened since my arrival. But all the details of what this looks like have changed so many times throughout this process. My understanding of what I am doing or where I am headed seems to be at a different level each day. As He gifts me with ministry visions, some of them end up happening and others just become stepping stones to where He wants me to be. It’s amazing to me how He truly works through everything and how He can direct and use me as He pleases despite the times that I feel I’ve failed or just simply lost. It’s too true that it’s HIS mission and HIS ministry. And ultimately, that is incredibly encouraging and exciting—never knowing what will happen next. So, I’m learning to let Him be the one to figure it out, and just trying to be in-step with Him, not too far ahead or too far behind.

How can our partners pray for you or your ministry project this year?

In a similar vein, while I have been learning to let Him figure out what is next, I am coming upon a time of lots of big decisions that will have deep effects on my ministry for the next 5 to 10 years. So, prayers for clarity, wisdom, and discernment are welcome as I walk a ground that has truly yet to be travelled in our team and mission. Also, you can PRAISE God with me. I am just about to cross the line of 8 months in France and while there have definitely been difficult moments (or months), I truly cannot believe how incredibly and miraculously God has blessed me and my ministry during my time here. He has already taught me so much and I’m so grateful for this life of insanity I get to live for the sake of the Gospel.

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