From France to down under: A word from the France field director

France Field Director

Jerry and Carolyn (while still in Paris)

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Carolyn and I are sharing the leadership load for both France and Australia. Pray that we would continue to complement each others abilities.
  4. 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.

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


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


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)