From France to down under: A word from the France field director
The director of our France team, Jerry, and his wonderful wife Carolyn, have taken on a special new assignment that we’d like to share with you. They have accepted the task of serving part-time in Australia with the goal of recruiting more Australians to join the mission work with World Team around the world. For decades, World Team has had a sending center in Australia, but in order for World Team’s presence to continue there, we need more Australian missionary colleagues. So our international director, David (along with several other very wise people) asked Jerry and Carolyn if they were up for the task and if God could be leading them towards this. Which they are and He is!
So let’s hear from Jerry and Carolyn about this new assignment…
What will your job look like in Australia?
In it’s initial stage our job is to promote World Team in Bible Colleges, Seminaries, Churches and to other mission agencies. We want to let people know of the great opportunities that exist to serve with World Team around the world. We will be meeting with many friends and mission colleagues with an eye to creating partnerships to further the work of the Gospel. As we meet with students and other mission minded people we will have two main questions. What is your missionary passion? How can we help you in fulfilling that passion? Later we also want to advise the Board of World Team Australia on putting in place a process that will take someone from the point of saying, “I am interested in one of the World Team projects” and accompany that person all the way to the mission field. We will need to see volunteers recruited to help in this process as well as seek the resources of partnering missions.
What excited you most about this new challenge?
I am so excited about the possibility of new people joining the mission of God to bring the Gospel to people around the world who are trying to find their way spiritually. I pray so often that the Lord will send new people to work with us and there just always seem to be more needs than people to fill them. I am also excited because though there are some fine mission agencies in Australia doing some extraordinary mobilization I really believe that World Team fills a needed niche. We focus specifically on people who want to engage in mission but also want to be developed as they work on teams and are mentored by experienced disciple makers.
How long of an assignment will this be?
We have a maximum engagement of three years. My plan is that we can do the main part in the next two years and that 2020 will be a transitional time.
And what would success look like to you in 3 years (or even beyond)?
Success would be simply a dozen or so potential missionaries going through a clearly defined process to join a World Team project somewhere.
Does this mean you are no longer the France field Director?
Absolutely not! France Field Director is my only job title right now. I don’t expect to remain France Field Director forever and we have several very capable people on our team who could take over the job at any time if needed. But for now, I still am passionately committed to the team and the project in France. I would not have taken on the assignment in Australia if it meant me leaving my job in France.
Lastly, how can our ministry partners pray for you both during this time?
- The best things come from unforeseen meetings and encounters with people. These are things the Lord works out in advance. Pray that we may grab these opportunities.
- The leadership abilities of so many members of our France Team are growing every day. Pray that we may be a good support to them even from afar.
- Carolyn and I are sharing the leadership load for both France and Australia. Pray that we would continue to complement each others abilities.
- We are far from our two boys who are just launching out into adult life. Pray that they will recognize the presence of the God and Father who leads them.