06/5/19

Project Focus: Chapelle de Nesle, Paris 6ème

Rooted in history, looking to the future and seeking to worship God in spirit and in truth in the present, in central Paris and beyond. We gather on Sunday mornings at the Nesle Theatre & Art Gallery (8 rue de Nesle) to meet, worship and listen to God.

In addition we meet throughout the week for bible study, training, prayer and encouragement. From this church we are training French church planters in order to plant daughter churches in other parts of the city.

Prayer requests:

  • Office/meeting space near the Nesle theatre where we hold our weekly worship gatherings. We need a 24/7 house of prayer, and space for ministry meetings, training, bible studies and church office.
  • Prayer initiatives for our church leadership team and all our members.
  • Training/discipling all members and future church planters.
  • Outreach in our part of the city. Asking God for 12 new believers from the 6th district.
05/10/19

Project Focus: Paris 15ème

Sunday Celebration: We eat together, share and pray together and learn from a Bible text

“Église sans Murs” or Church without Walls

Église sans Murs is a house church in the 15th district of Paris with the vision to become a movement of multiplying house churches in the years to come. Our core values are to live out The Gospel in our relationships with one another and the neighborhood around us, to have a strong Community amongst those who are part of the church and network, to Love and Serve the City where we live, and to Grow both in our individual lives and as we impact the city and multiply the number of house churches in Paris.

Some ways you can pray for us:

  • Pray for the core house church and that those who participate would grow and continue to move closer and closer to God.
  • Lift up our monthly kids club where we teach a lesson from the bible and play games, please pray that the kids and their families would grow in their understanding of The Gospel.
  • Pray that through the various activities we do and also through our everyday lives, that the Lord would lead us to meet local people of peace who would connect us to others and open doors for us, as well as people who are already searching for God.
  • Lastly, please pray for our leadership team of 6 people (2 families and 2 individuals). Think specifically of Augustin and also Nicole, who are both raising their support, and Ryan and Erin as they look for a larger apartment nearby for their growing family.
Augustin explaining the story of the Resurrection on Easter morning in the park
12/6/18

Paris Prayer Connection

In June 2018 nine people came to France from the US and Germany for a week of connecting; with God, with each other, with church planters, and with the French people. During the week, the group visited many of the World Team France ministries in Paris and the surrounding region, heard testimonies and stories from French church planters, and spent time in prayer together. By the end of the week the group had a new understanding of the spiritual climate in France, and the unique needs of church planters here. 

We asked the members of the group about their highlights from the week. Here are some of the things they shared:

  • The dinners that were prepared by different church planters and missionaries each evening, giving the group an opportunity to hear each one’s story and to better understand their ministries

  • The Paris history walk where they stopped at key sites in Paris to pray

  • The testimonies of how God changed the lives of specific people and where they are today because of it

Each person who came was impacted in some way. Some are now exploring a call to serve in missions, others are encouraging friends and family to also pray for France. None were left unmoved or unchanged by their time at the Paris Prayer Connection. 

In June 2019, another group will come to France for the next Paris Prayer Connection. Like last year, they will visit projects, meet church-planters, hear testimonies from local Christians, and discover how God is at work in France. They will spend time in prayer together, lifting up the nation of France to the Lord, asking Him to build His church and Kingdom among the French people. They will experience joy as they see what God is already doing, and sadness at how many people are still living without Him. They will learn more about France, about God, and about themselves, and they will form relationships with people who share their heart for the lost. 

Are you going to be in this group of people? Are you ready to give a week of your time to come and join us in prayer for the nation of France and the lost people here? This is your opportunity; don’t miss it. 

For more information, or to register, visit http://www.parisprayerconnection.com

11/8/18

Our annual France team retreat

World Team France Team

Sheets, towels, mugs, Bible, notebook, clothes, snack food—the third week in October members of France VIE were checking off the list of things to stuff into their cars before they headed to the Chateau de Joudes in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. It was our second time to this medieval site situated in the Jura department and a five hour drive from the Paris region. We almost filled every room of the chateau and restored sheep farm with 34 missionaries, 18 kids and 9 staff workers. We were blessed by individuals like: Trudy, Kim, Chip and Ed preparing excellent meals, Alexandra, Kathrin, Terri and Lea creatively and tirelessly loving our children, Daniel, making sure all worked well, David and Steve teaching us how to apply the Gospel in our ministry teams, Emilie, instructing our kids how to participate in worship, Manu leading a fun game night and Michelle overseeing everything.

The purpose of a retreat is to take time to withdraw from the « battle » and to be in a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax. With 18 fun-loving children around it was difficult to find a quiet place on the grounds, but it certainly was a time for each of us to withdraw from our daily ministry tasks and re-evaluate what we hold to be most precious—our relationship with Christ and how His grace can change our lives. It was also a chance for us to experience Christian community with workers who have been laboring in France for over 30 years to those who’ve been here three months. It was a chance to renew our commitment to bring the Gospel within reach of lost people everywhere we go. And the next retreat? The kids would be ready for that to happen tomorrow, however, the reality is we are planning to join our larger World Team Europe Family in Germany in August 2019.

~ article by Carolyn

09/6/18

Our first real ‘Rentrée’

My family just returned to Paris after three months back in the U.S. and a few days after getting back our son, 3 years old, started his first year of French public school. A few hours into the first day my friend (K) called to ask how I was doing. She told me this.

“In France, ‘La Rentrée’ (translated as re-entry in the beginning of September) is more important than January 1st. ‘La Rentrée’ is actually the new year. All the kids return to school or daycare, and most of the adults return to work after having had a full month of vacation in August. December 31st we may have a party, but ‘La Rentrée’ is the most busy and important fresh start to the year.”

And she is right, it feels like a new year for us as our son is in school now and the new ministry year begins. We have reconnected with our teammates after the summer apart and we are ready to jump back into our relationships, bible studies, service projects and more.

So as we jump back in, would you spend a few minutes to pray for us as World Team France?

  • Pray for the 10 different churches, church plants, and projects that are in process
  • Pray for our 18 kids who have returned to or started school for the first time, plus 1 who is in college in the U.S. this year.
  • Pray for our friends and the many people we will serve this year, for the Spirit’s leading in their lives and ours and for the softening of many hearts towards Christ.

Merci!

~ article by Erin