07/9/18

New Teammate Introduction: Julie

How did you get connected to World Team France?

I first heard about World Team through a couple of good friends at my church in Atlanta. They were in the process of joining World Team France and shared with me some of what they would be doing once they arrived. That was 4 or 5 years ago and since then my friends have finished their first term as I’m starting mine! Riley and Alissa can get credit for me joining (well really it was all ordained by the Lord, but from our perspective, they were very influential).

Describe your current ministry project

Right now I’m diving into the ministry of language learning. I have about one year of school to learn the language and culture well before starting an internship with an established church to continue learning language and culture. Eventually I will join one of World Team’s church plants.

What is one area in which you’ve seen God the most at work (either in your life or in your ministry)?

Recently the Lord has been showing me how faithful He is to answer prayer, whether in big or small ways. A couple different answers I’ve seen have been in providing language helpers and opportunities to practice French outside of the classroom and miraculously sorting out administrative issues (such as getting my boxes through customs without certain paperwork or suddenly letting my phone work completely). He really has been good to me with providing an easier transition to life in France than I might have expected.

How can our partners pray for you or your ministry project this year?

Language learning and the energy and drive to learn well and embrace the difficulties that come with minimal language skills. Continued opportunities to practice language and develop friendships with those I meet in my community.

05/18/18

New Teammate Introduction: Augustin

Augustin is from the French Island of Guadeloupe, and has lived in France for the last 20 years. He joined the team working in the 15th Arrondissement of Paris in October last year. Although he initially joined World Team for a one-year internship, he is now hoping to stay long-term. Here’s what he has to say about his time with World Team France so far.

How did you get connected to World Team France? 

I was a student at Geneva Bible Institute when Chad and Ryan, two World Team France members, came to visit the college looking for interns for their project in Paris. I was looking for opportunities to work in evangelism and church-planting in France, so it seemed like a good fit.

Describe your current ministry project.

I joined the project in the 15th which is in it’s early stages, but is aiming to plant a network of house churches. During this internship year, there are two areas in which I’m working; I participate in the life of the team and the community forming around the team, and also I try to meet new people and build new relationships in order to share the gospel.

I am also working to raise the financial support that I need to be able to work long-term with World Team in France.

Where have you seen God most at work (in life or ministry)? 

I am amazed that God brought me to work for World Team — because World Team originally started in the Caribbean and started many churches in my home country of Guadeloupe, but I had never heard of them until I was in Geneva. I also can see how God has brought me into the right team here in Paris, it is a team that I fit into and can work well with despite being from a different culture.

In ministry, it is good to see how God is at work as we put things in place for the project, even though we can only go step-by-step and each step might seem small to us. It is also wonderful how God gives us opportunities to build new friendships with people in a variety of different ways; for example we held a ping-pong tournament recently, and a few weeks after I met one of the participants in the street and he suggested that we meet up sometime.

How can our partners pray for you and your ministry?

Pray for me to be able to better manage my time, as I try to balance all my responsibilities.

Please pray that I will find new partners, both for prayer and financial support. I am taking a trip to the US this summer to try and raise more support, so please pray for me as I make plans and travel. I have a personal website (in french) you can follow as well: https://augustinenfrance.wordpress.com

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