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


Australian short-term trip: Part 2

During the second week of their visit, we asked the Australian team to help run a day camp for 5-11 year olds, in partnership with the local church in Magny. This was a challenge for them, as most of them do not speak more than a few words of French, and the children did not speak English! The team had spent time before coming to France to put together a range of activities including English lessons, Bible stories, songs, art projects, and sports. With a little translation help from the World Team France members who were involved, the 20 children who attended were able to fully engage in all these activities, and all of them had a fantastic time.

Several of the children asked for another week of camp as they didn’t want it to end! Several members of the Australian team commented on how they were able to make connections with the children despite not speaking the same language. Its was clear that the children responded to the love and care that the team showed them, to their enthusiasm, their energy and their overall willingness to come alongside the children throughout the week.

At the end of the camp, we hosted a barbecue to which we invited the families of the children who had attended during the week, as well as the families who had hosted the team during their time in Magny. During the barbecue, the children sang the songs that they had learnt, showed off the artwork they had made, and told the stories that they had learnt about Jesus. It was wonderful to hear these children, some of whom had just heard about Jesus for the first time, sharing gospel stories with their parents!

The Australian team have now finished their time with us, and most of them are taking advantage of being in Europe to take some well-earned vacation time. Pray for them as they reflect on their time with World Team France, especially for those who are considering long-term missions in Europe.

~ article by Rachel


Australian short-term trip: Part 1

For the past two weeks, World Team France has been hosting an awesome team from Sydney Missionary and Bible College in Australia. This post will share some of the highlights from their first week in France. Stay tuned to see what happened in week 2 and how their trip wrapped up!

Some of the ministry activities they did alongside the Paris team included;

  • Hosting a ping-pong tournament at a local park
  • Playing ultimate Frisbee with the goal of meeting people
  • Attending a ladies bible study
  • Helping prepare and lead a homeless outreach to serve the community, and
  • Participating in an evangelism outreach at a local university

Then they traveled 40 minutes south where they;

  • Attended a World Team France monthly meeting
  • Visited Russell & Carol and prayed for their ministry
  • Stayed with French host families, and
  • Worshipped in a French church

As you can see, week 1 was full of great ministry, here are some highlights from the team:

“One night in Paris we went out to talk and pray with homeless people, then went to the Eiffel tower which was lit up and sparkling. I found this contrast between the best and worst of Paris really interesting, between the beautiful image that Paris portrays of itself and the hard reality that many people are living. This was also reflected in the difference between the beautiful buildings of the Catholic church, such as Sacré Coeur, and the reality that many people’s lives are empty and dark as they don’t know Jesus.” — Julian

“We joined a women’s Bible study group in Paris, and I found it very interesting to see a group of women who didn’t believe in Jesus passionately discussing the Bible. God is at work in their lives whether they realize it or not.” — Rebekah

“It’s been profound to see how important hospitality is here. Meeting around a meal and sharing life is important to the culture of the French and it opens up many doors to sharing our lives, and the hope that we have in Christ, with the French.” — James“During outreach at a Paris university, it was great to meet two French girls who were interested in talking about Jesus and were happy for us to pray for them.” — Caroline

“The university outreach was a great opportunity to meet with French Christians who had come to do evangelism. We had the opportunity together to share the gospel with a young man who described himself as being ‘at a crossroads’. This showed me that there are people who are ready and waiting for someone to talk to them about Jesus; the Spirit has already been doing something in their lives and leads us to them at the right time. And to do this together with a French Christian was wonderful.” — Pierre

“It was so encouraging to worship together with French brothers and sisters here in France. Even though we don’t speak the same language, we knew we were worshipping the same God”. — Renee“One of the key things that has struck us about World Team is the way they value prayer. We met with Russell and Carol today, who teach English and art as a way to connect with the community. For their first 2 years in France, Russell spent every morning walking around their community and praying for the people who lived in each house. One morning Russell saw the bridge and bricked-up door in the photo. God showed him that the wall is like France—previously open but now closed off. We are praying with Russell for open doors, for walls and barriers to come down, so that people will be able to hear and receive the good news of Jesus” — Ben and Ali 


World Team France celebrates Easter

The Association Protestante Evangélique de la Vallée (APEV) celebrated a baptism on Easter Sunday morning.

Andrea has been coming to the church for several years, along with her husband Roland, after they met Russell and Carol Barr and began studying the Bible with them. Andrea had invited around 30 guests to the service, most of whom are not believers. She shared her testimony of how the Lord has worked in her life, and through the worship and the sermon each of the guests heard the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. After the service the church shared a meal together, and many of the guests also stayed to eat. During the conversations over dinner a number of guests spoke of how touched they had been by the welcome, the message, and by the joy that was clear and visible in the lives of the church members as we celebrated Christ’s victory over death.

The church in Meru got creative for their Easter Sunday celebration, with a dramatic piece performed by the children in the church (watch the video).

Accompanied by a song proclaiming ‘Holy Holy Holy, the almighty Savior, who was and is and is to come’, the group of children silently acted out scenes from the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, showing a familiar story in a powerful new way. The children had worked very hard on the piece and did a fantastic job! Visitors from the local towns came to hear the good news, including a family whose daughter took part in the drama. Following the service there was time for conversations over drinks, and the kids had fun taking part in an Easter egg hunt!

The ‘Église sans murs’ (or Church without walls) celebrated Easter in their local park in the 15th district of Paris.

They welcomed around 25 people with smiles on their faces and fresh croissants and coffee. While the parents enjoyed their coffee, the kids geared up for an Easter egg hunt by decorating their bags and scoping out where good hiding spots may be. Before the hunt could begin, Augustin and Kim took a few minutes to share the story of the resurrection and its significance. They thanked God for what He did for us, thanked everyone for coming out to celebrate Easter with the church and the kids began their Easter egg hunt. It was a great time together and the church celebrated that several families and individuals heard the message that Jesus died and rose for them.

And last but certainly not least, all of World Team France is rejoicing that three people who attended an Easter celebration with our Solid Roc church in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior this weekend! Please pray for these individuals as they grow more and more in their faith.


New Event: The Paris Connection

The Paris Connection

World Team France is excited to announce The Paris Connection in 2018. The vision is simple; we desire to have YOU come and connect with what God is doing in France. We want you to meet the workers who labor in so many different capacities for the sake of making Jesus known in France. Why come to France and connect? We have found that when you come to a new environment, culture, and country, your idea of who God is becomes so much bigger. You get to see the same God working in the lives of people who think differently than you do, and maybe who look different than you do, and for sure speak a different language than you do. But we are united by the common bond of our Lord.

This is not a time where you will be in a classroom all day. We want you to participate in the Great Commission happening in France. You will be visiting current church planting projects and new projects with the most powerful weapon, prayer. We cannot do this work without the work of prayer. We depend on prayer and we truly believe that prayer is the most important work to be done. And while this is happening we also hope for you to connect in France on three levels:

  1. Connect with God
  2. Connect with the French
  3. Connect with the other participants

The Paris Connection will be centered around these three areas of connection. Our hope and prayer is that God will use this time, with you and the other participants to show His glory in France.

So join us, sign up right now for The Paris Connection over here. And don’t hesitate if you’re interested as space is limited.