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

05/13/16

Moving Towards the Potter’s House

It’s been nearly three years since the Barrs arrived and launched themselves head-first into an impressive undertaking. They immediately set up a community association for teaching English and art classes to children and adults out of a restored storefront in the village of Chevreuse.

Read more about those beginnings here and here.

Since then, they’ve established a significant presence in town. Their classes have progressively expanded including conversational classes for adults; they’ve begun a monthly film gathering that not only shows classic American movies but also prompts spiritual conversations; they’ve started two different weekly Bible study opportunities; they were able to welcome an intern for a year to help with teaching. Several contacts from these events have become regular attendees at the nearby Magny church. During this time, the Barrs were also able to raise enough support to make the transition from mid-term missionaries to career missionaries, enabling them to stay in France long-term.

With that transition in mind, and never content to stay still for too long, they’ve developed the next phase of their plan. While continuing the art and English classes out of the current location with the help of interns and short-term workers, they’d like to find a larger location that would allow for expansion.

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One primary goal would be finding a space large enough to allow Russell to finally get back to his first love: practicing and teaching pottery. That’s why the name of this next phase will be The Potters House (or Chez le Potier in French). Other activities would also be allowed to grow and expand, allowing more short-term workers to be involved and the outreach to continue in a new community.

At this point in time, two things are happening: recruiting interns and short-term workers to teach English and art while looking for a new location.

If you or someone you know is interested in teaching art and English as a second language, this could be a great opportunity. It is a unique means to interact with a community and share the light and love of Christ with them in a natural way. Get in touch with us for more details.

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05/11/16

Meet our Administrative Assistant

Last week, we told you a bit about hiring an Administrative Assistant through Seeds of Hope. She is currently working 1 day a week and your continued gifts toward the Seeds of Hope initiatve could enable us to compensate her for more hours each week. Sylvie’s involvement will significantly lighten our director Jerry’s administrative load so that he can spend more time visiting and directly coaching church planters and team leaders.

Sylvie lac seeds of hopeWe’re very pleased to have Sylvie join us. She is a French woman, a member of the Bible study with the Barrs and of the church in Magny where Baptiste is pastor. We asked her to introduce herself to you, and here is what she wrote:

As Christians, we have a BEFORE and an AFTER

BEFORE…

When the Lord had only a small, tiny place in my everyday life, I could have explained my life like this:

I was lucky to be born and to grow up with my two sisters in a wonderful, loving family in Avignon. I was lucky enough to have all I needed, with no worries, and to progress in life with no major obstacles and with success. I was spoiled to have met David, my precious husband, and really lucky to have had two children Paul and Juliette later on.

A passion for my profession

With a diploma from the hotel school of Lausanne in my pocket, I first started out in the domain of “industrial” hotel services. For over nine years with the French hotel group Accor, I worked in different hotels and in different roles in Lyon, Bonn (in Germany), Versailles and Paris. In 1996, I left the Accor group and took the opportunity to join a more traditional hotel model at the center of the 8th arrondissement of Paris. I became the director of the hotel and was in charge of its opening after major renovations. Being at ease on the ground and working in teams, the pre-opening, opening, launching and management of the hotel were all important moments of my professional life.

Fully invested in this role, I spent 13 years with this business in management roles and was fully involved in the development of the company in Paris.

A pause in images

I look back and think of what I call my “appointments” with Jesus.

These unusual appointments began a change in the direction of my life.

First, there was a succession of serious medical problems over the course of several years for several family members. Then, there was a series of existential questions when I reached my 40th birthday, while we were beginning our family. These trials were largely due to my stubbornness in wanting to live my life in my own strength, without God! The moment to “bend the knee” had come.

YES to the Lord’s calling in 2009

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalms 34:4

…AFTER

I changed the priorities in my life. To devote myself to taking care of the family, I left my work because it was too time consuming.

“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8-9