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.
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

04/26/18

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

04/20/18

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 

12/16/17

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.