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 

11/27/17

Would you like to join us for Summer at the Sorbonne?

Summer School at the Sorbonne

We have a new idea…

How would you like to continue your studies at the University of Paris and gain hands-on experience in campus ministry?

Who wouldn’t!? Read on…

World Team France is mobilizing students to attend the Université d’Eté at one of the oldest universities in the world, la Sorbonne. A fresh wind of faith is needed in France today. Come to Paris and explore the challenges of sharing the Gospel in a place where secularism reigns and the Bible is seen as a thing of the past. Engage students who no longer believe that God exists while you learn from missionaries experienced in communicating truth in a post-Christian climate.

Explore your long-term calling by going short-term. Learn more about yourself while using you gifts and talents in an environment different from your own. Learn more about the world as you worship with and serve alongside people in Paris and it’s suburbs. World Team France’s Summer at the Sorbonne gives you maximum hands-on experience in cross-cultural ministry while furthering long-term church planting efforts. And you’ll experience life-on-life discipleship by a missionary mentor.

Here are the details…

Ideal candidate:

University students* who journey with fellow students relationally in order to grow together spiritually. This short-term opportunity is available for French speakers and for those who wish to begin studying the French language.

*Ideally two years experience in higher education

Dates:

Three-week option from June 27 to July 17, 2018

  • June 27 – June 30: Orientation
  • July 1–7: Week 1 – French language course or Cycle
  • July 8–14: Week 2 – French language course or Cycle
  • July 15–17: Debriefing

Six-week option from June 27 to August 7, 2018

  • June 27 – June 30: Orientation
  • July 1–7: Week 1 – French language course or Cycle
  • July 8–14: Week 2 – French language course or Cycle
  • July 15–21: Week 3 – Cycle
  • July 22–28: Week 4 – Cycle
  • July 29 – August 4: Visit church plants of World Team France
  • August 5–7: Debriefing

Cost:

Three weeks: June 27 – July 17, 2018

  • Tuition: 800 € minimum
  • Room: 1,112 €
  • Board: 630 €
  • Transportation: 110 €

Total : 2,652 € = $ 3,110**

Six weeks : June 27 – August 7, 2018

  • Tuition : 1,800 € minimum
  • Room : 2,276 €
  • Board : 1,260 €
  • Transportation : 110 €

Total : 5,446 € = $ 6,380**

**This is the total cost for an individual student. Room and board expenses will decrease dramatically if we are able mobilize a team. Tuition costs vary some depending on the classes chosen.

I’ve organized short-term mission trips for a few years now. I’ve helped to recruit and prepare teams. I’ve mentored and debriefed teams. I’ve always found it tricky to include significant hands-on ministry opportunities in short-term trips. This trip should change all that. Students will have their very own mission field…the campuses of the University of Paris. I’m excited about this.

Would you like to join us at Summer at the Sorbonne? Would you spread the word? Would you help us mobilize a few students to this opportunity?

For more information, write Chad Deakyne at chad.deakyne@worldteam.org

Here are the various classes that offered at the Université d’Ete:

  • French language course: all levels are offered from Beginners to Advanced
  • Cycle 1: Aux sources de la culture européenne : l’Antiquité gréco-romaine
  • Cycle 2: L’Europe des Lumières
  • Cycle 3: Modernité et postmodernité
  • Cycle 4: Au cœur de la vie des français: la table un patrimoine unique. Culture, pratique et représentation de l’alimentation en France
  • Cycle 5: The Sorbonne in English (English)
  • Cycle 6: Les classiques de la littérature française
  • Cycle 7: Paris, fabrique d’une capitale: 5.000 ans d’histoire
  • Cycle 8: Les femmes françaises
  • Cycle 9: Paris, toujours Paris
  • Cycle 10: La France: Histoire et mémoire
  • Cycle 11: Identité(s) française(s)
07/24/17

Tour de FranceVIE: Recap & Reflections

Enjoy this thoughtful recap from Nicole, the team leader of the Tour de FranceVIE 2017…

My goal for the Tour de FranceVIE was to invest in and train 14 students over the course of a semester so that when we arrived in France to do ministry, it would not be my doing, but theirs.  So that it would not be a trip about me and my ministry, but about what God was able to do through our team.

My desire was for each of my teammates to feel fully equipped by the Lord to do ministry—to feel confident in His ability to work through them and through their prayers.  This desire was rooted in the hope that they would get to experience Him working through them to love on people of another culture.

The Lord fulfilled these desires above and beyond my expectations. From the moment we were reunited in the Philly airport, our team was ready to roll.  The first few days in France, we stayed at a tiny campground in a village called Senots.  We were staying in mobile homes, and the missionaries traveled out to join us for orientation and Bible study each day.

Then came our first day of biking.  We were traveling about 10 miles to Gisors.  There, we visited a French church plant in this old, catholic village.  We were able to enjoy lunch while learning from the French pastors—and we heard powerful testimonies from two of the individuals from their church.  We prayed over them and their church as a team.  It was a truly powerful experience.

When we took off that morning, one of our teammates became sick to her stomach within the first mile.  As we had a car following us, I offered to her that she could ride in the car with her bike, but she was determined to keep going.  In that same mile, her bike broke.  So, she ended up having to ride in the car.  It was very disheartening.  At the end of the day, when it was time to bike back to the campsite, we had fixed the bike and she was determined to join us, but the issues persisted.  It became unsafe for her to continue riding with us.  So I asked her to ride in the car.  She and I were both in tears, as it was really hard for her to have to miss out.

I turned to her and explained that Satan wants to make her think this is a big deal, but it is not.  We were not in France for the purpose of biking, but to do ministry, and riding in the car would not inhibit her ability to love on our team and other people – that is exactly why we have the car in the first place.  I told her that she had the power through Christ to choose how to respond to this situation, and that I needed her, for the sake of herself and the team, to choose to not let this bother her.

The entire bike ride back, my heart was broken for her.  But as soon as we got back to camp, she did not look the same.  She was obviously changed as her face was lit and she was full of joy.  As we had our group time that evening, she shared so many encouraging insights and reflections from the day.  She also offered to pray for the team – an incredibly encouraging prayer.

The next day, she had to continue riding in the car, as we biked another 10 or 15 miles to Meru.  As I watched her throughout the day interact with missionaries and her teammates, I cried tears of joy.  She was such an incredible blessing to our team.  She was the first person to encourage anyone struggling to bike, even though she was unable.  When tires went flat and other complications occurred, she jumped out of the car to help.  At our sites, she took on extra acts of service in order to make things easier for those who were tired from biking.

We shared time with a number of missionaries, both those experienced and those new.  We heard testimonies of God’s goodness – of a woman who miraculously came to Christ from a Muslim family and of God’s providence for the missionaries.  We prayed and we praised.  And we also got to spend time having conversations with people and playing with children at a nearby park.

When we returned to our campsite that evening, she (the same teammate who had been unable to bike) walked into the kitchen while I was cooking dinner.  I turned to her, and I said, “Do you know that I have never seen you be this joyful?”  She responded, “I kinda feel different…”  I said, “You LOOK different…What happened?”  She explained that she had never quite realized the power and importance of being intentional about how she responded to situations before.  Also, she shared she had never been this comfortable around a group of people before (our team) in order to see and feel Jesus working through them.

This is the epitome of what I love about our team.  We are family.  We love each other.  And the Lord was at work in us.  This is just one of many life-changing stories that we have from the trip, as this girl was permanently changed by the face of Jesus.

At the close of our time, we PRAISED God for proving Himself good again and again and for all of the wonderful and insightful experiences we had during the Tour de FranceVIE 2017!

05/31/17

Tour de FranceVIE 2017

 

Sunday, May 28, 2017: I got up early today. But the flight was delayed.

I’m headed to the airport shortly to pick up a team of short-termers ! Yes, World Team France is welcoming 15 short-termers from Cedarville University (my alma mater !) for the Tour de FranceVIE.

Everything has come together rather nicely. This really should be good fun.

There is no way I could even begin to tackle every problem that could go wrong. Apparently, it will be very hot.

The Tour de FranceVIE is an idea that we have toyed around with for some time. It’s finally happening today. The team will start out at a campground in Senots, to the north of Paris. After a day and a half of orientation and team building, the group will bike to Gisors (12mi one way) where they will visit a church plant for the day. On site, they will get the chance to meet French Christians and the church planting team, learn about how God is working and pray. Back to the campground.

The following day, the team will bike to Méru (9mi) for a similar visit and then on to Neuville-d’Aumont (6mi) in order to see the groundbreaking steps of a brand new work. Back to the campground.

Then we give them a day off. And the group specifically asked to organize a time of worship that night. The fellow campers will get to see what a true Kumbaya experience is like. Minus the campfire, no campfires in France.

The next day will be stretching. 70mi down to the Saint-Quentin area in order to visit a church plant in Montigny and a work amongst immigrant populations in another town nearby. While there will certainly be time to pray, the team will also attend a Gospel Café concert, help organize a grand barbecue for refugee families and worship with the local church on Pentecost Sunday.

Then the team heads in to Paris in order to visit our church plant and do some sightseeing.

The documents you see posted here are a few elements of the group’s welcome packet.

Would you pray with us for safety and good weather for our cyclists ? Would you pray that God would speak to each of the participants individually about their role in cross cultural ministry ?

The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Are you interested in exploring cross-cultural missions in France ? Do you know a young person who is ?