09/25/17

24 Hours of Prayer for France

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26th, our team will be hosting a day of prayer for France.

At each hour of the day, at least one of our team members will be in committed prayer and we are inviting our partners to join us! You can join us in praying at any time during the day for France. Thank you so much!! Here is some prayer fuel to help you pray specifically.

North Teams

  • The church in Meru: Pray for the leadership team and for new leaders from within the church to be raised up and equipped to lead this body in the coming years. Also, for the youth ministry there, that the young people would grow deeper in their relationships with Jesus.
  • The church in Gisors: For the leadership team, currently just one couple, that God would give them wisdom in how to guide the church, that new leaders would join them, and for members of their bible study.

South Teams

  • The church in Magny: For the Pastor and his wife and their ministry serving the church, and for God to provide a new meeting place that can accommodate the growing size of the church.
  • For Carol and Russell who teach English and art to kids in their community, that their school and other ministries would continue to flourish.
  • For the GospelCafé concert series this year in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, that the team there would meet new people, continue to invest in their relationships, and that the house church would continue to grow in depth and size.
  • And also for a team that seeks to love and serve the ever growing population of migrants.

Paris Teams

  • For Riley and Alissa, who are assisting with a new church plant and continuing to learn French.
  • For Suzy and her church in central Paris to grow in spiritual depth, for her many personal relationships, and her women’s bible study.
  • For the Paris south team, that the church community would grow, for their new bible studies, and for the newly launched homeless outreach.

New Workers

  • For Rachel who is interning with the Magny church and for Nicole who is studying French this year!

Seeds of Hope

Also, check out this awesome clip from yesterday’s Paris Versailles race. World Team France had 6 runners and 2 families participate and raise over $3000 towards our Seeds of Hope initiative which helps equip and launch French church planters into ministry. If you are interested in supporting this great cause, you still can on our crowd rise page here

07/17/17

Bouge ta France 2017!

Last week, in Le Havre there was a youth event, “Bouge ta France“.  During that week the youth learned how to be bold and share the Gospel and even put that into practice on some of the beaches there.  To finish out the week, on Friday (also la fete nationale) people of all ages from all over France were invited to spend the day worshiping together and praying for the country.  Several members of World Team France were able to attend.

In the afternoon, there were games and activities for families, including a parachute, inflatable horse races, face painting, dancing and more.  There was also a concert held in the stadium.

Nick Vujicic, a man born without arms or legs, spoke in the afternoon and shared how God changed his life and perspective.  He is currently married with two children and twins on the way.  He has quite an amazing testimony.

It was a special time for believers in France to feel united as it can sometimes feel as if we are on our own in our faith.

06/28/16

Announcing: Tour For France!

On Sunday July 24th, after three weeks of racing and a 3519 km “Tour de France,” cyclists from around the world will be ending their race up the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

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That very same day, friends of World Team France from around the world will be getting on their bikes to support the SEEDS OF HOPE initiative, an event we’re calling the TOUR FOR FRANCE. Along with their sponsors each will be a big winner that day in bringing Hope to France.

We are looking for more participants! You can participate, whoever and wherever you are. Here’s how:

  1. Find some friends and a place to go ride your bikes on the weekend of July 23rd-24th. Decide on the distance together. You don’t have to be professionals taking out your road bikes. Go ride on the boardwalk or the rail trail or take your family on a tricycle ride! Be creative!
  2. Let us know your desire to participate by emailing carolyn.moyer (at) worldteam.org. We’ll get you registered on the fundraising page.
  3. Spread the word around you looking for sponsors and collect donations by sending them to our site.
  4. When the day arrives, meet for your Tour For France in your corner of the world, have a great time, take some photos and videos for us, and spend some time praying for church planting work in France.

Interested in donating right away? Currently there is a team in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, and Word Team France members getting ready in Paris. Go find your favorite cyclist on our CrowdRise page and follow our progress there as we aim to raise $10,000. Then help us spread the word!

What is Seeds of Hope? It is a strategic three-year fundraising initiative to help launch more church planters in France. The focus is on helping new French and European church planters get started in ministry by funding internships, providing academic scholarships and other training opportunities, or offering a three-year launch fund to help a worker get started while securing the rest of needed financial support. All of the money raised goes directly to mobilizing, training, equipping and supporting new church planters in France. For more details about Seeds of Hope, go to  SeedsOfHope.WorldTeamFrance.org. A full project description and spending plan is available upon request.

 

(photo credit: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images, Boston.com)

06/14/16

Paris Prayer Conference Begins

Yesterday attendees arrived for the 2016 Paris Prayer Conference. Last night’s opening banquet gave them an overview of what to expect during the week. This year participants will experience two days of site visits and two days of presentations in Paris along with a day of attending WT France churches on Sunday. Transportation strikes are keeping things interesting, but so far things are off to a good start.

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Today the group traveled north of the city to visit the Gisors church plant in the morning and the work in Méru in the afternoon. Director Jerry Moyer gave an introduction to the work of WT France and the teams in each town described some developments of their work and ways to pray.

These annual meetings always provide an opportunity for reflection on what God has done through the years as in answering our prayers. A second-time participant mentioned being in Gisors in 2007, three years before the project began, praying for God to send workers. In 2011, participants were led by Kevin and Stephanie, the newly arrived church-planting couple launching the project, and they prayed for the start of an Alpha Course and that God would provide homes for new teammates. In 2013, participants met in those homes of the Hamlets and the Shorbs where they heard about how the Alpha courses came together, and they prayed that God would provide a public meeting place for the church. Today, the group met in that church building.

Here are some ways to pray with and for us:

  • Praise God for the 10 participants and 2 interns. Pray that they would persevere in prayer this week as they learn about the state of the church in France.
  • Pray for the many details and logistics of the week: transportation amidst interruptions, speakers, visits, etc.
  • Pray for a growing core group at the church in Gisors. Pray for spiritual growth and maturity. Pray that leaders would be raised up to take on ministry responsibilities.
  • Pray that God would provide a new meeting place for the church in Méru. Pray for spiritual unity as they proceed administrative steps to become a fully established church.
  • Pray for interns Rachel and Kevin in their responsibilities this week. Pray that they would discover ways to serve God in the future.

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03/23/16

Paris team welcomes interns from Germany

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Two weeks ago the team in Paris hosted an internship for some German bible school students. Every other day they got to be together for trainings, meals, prayer & devotions, and outreach. They got to experience “simple church” with the team one Sunday morning (what it looks like when you’re just a handful of people in someone’s living room). And they got to meet several other teammates from the larger team in France at an informal “Apéro,” getting a bigger picture of the different ministries and projects of World Team France.

The goal for these interns was to experience ministry in the city. So each afternoon they were sent out.

  • One day, they used their maps to explore the area praying as they went.
  • The next afternoon, they were given some money and were told to be creative, go and bless people with it. This project was a challenge as they saw how suspicious people are of accepting anything from a stranger, even if it’s a good thing.
  • The other two days together, they gathered information through doing surveys and passing out invitations to an event on Friday night called “Apéro Théo.” It was the first time the Paris team hosted such an event and some valuable lessons were learned (confirming things already suspected) : people in Paris are not likely to come to an event (especially a religious one) if they don’t know someone who’s there. But it remained a good experience for all involved, providing a more accurate reading on the spiritual pulse (of lack thereof) in the neighborhood. Each participant gained more confidence in approaching and talking to people.

The Paris team was so thankful to have had the chance to spend a week with these students. They were a great team and it was a privilege to invest in one another’s lives while loving the people of Paris together.

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