Our annual France team retreat

World Team France Team

Sheets, towels, mugs, Bible, notebook, clothes, snack food—the third week in October members of France VIE were checking off the list of things to stuff into their cars before they headed to the Chateau de Joudes in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. It was our second time to this medieval site situated in the Jura department and a five hour drive from the Paris region. We almost filled every room of the chateau and restored sheep farm with 34 missionaries, 18 kids and 9 staff workers. We were blessed by individuals like: Trudy, Kim, Chip and Ed preparing excellent meals, Alexandra, Kathrin, Terri and Lea creatively and tirelessly loving our children, Daniel, making sure all worked well, David and Steve teaching us how to apply the Gospel in our ministry teams, Emilie, instructing our kids how to participate in worship, Manu leading a fun game night and Michelle overseeing everything.

The purpose of a retreat is to take time to withdraw from the « battle » and to be in a quiet or secluded place in which one can rest and relax. With 18 fun-loving children around it was difficult to find a quiet place on the grounds, but it certainly was a time for each of us to withdraw from our daily ministry tasks and re-evaluate what we hold to be most precious—our relationship with Christ and how His grace can change our lives. It was also a chance for us to experience Christian community with workers who have been laboring in France for over 30 years to those who’ve been here three months. It was a chance to renew our commitment to bring the Gospel within reach of lost people everywhere we go. And the next retreat? The kids would be ready for that to happen tomorrow, however, the reality is we are planning to join our larger World Team Europe Family in Germany in August 2019.

~ article by Carolyn


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.