Bonjour from Nice, France!
So, why France?
Many people don’t think of Western Europe as a place in need of a mission outreach. And to be honest, I didn’t think so either. It’s extremely modernized and I’ve seen pictures of the grandiose churches so I assumed that I here would be at least a small Christian presence here.
That was until I heard only 27% of French citizens responded that “they believe there is a God” (not exclusively the God of Christianity) 33% answered that “they believe there is some sort of spirit or life force”, and 40% answered that “they do not believe there is any sort of spirit, God, or life force”.
This makes France one of the most secular countries is the world.
I saw this first hand whilst working at a bilingual kids camp at the International Baptist Church of Saint Paul.
The theme was “African Safari” (ironic because we were just in Uganda) and all the age groups were separated into tribes, I had the pleasure of being in charge of the Maasai tribe, that consisted of ten, eight to ten year olds boys. As all boys their age are, they were all great kids one on one, but as a group they were a bit hard to handle.
The hardest part for my boys was always story time. This was a time where a leader would sit down and have them listen to a bible story. Most of them were not raised Christian, so this area was the activity they were least interested in. So, you could imagine how nervous I was (and how hard I prayed) about Thursday, or the day that we share the good news of Jesus.
When story time came, they used evangelical-cubes to lay out the gospel to them, and then we broke up into small groups to answer any questions and dig deeper with them.
I talked to jack, ante, and Edward; three of the kids that had the hardest time concentrating, and two of them decided to accept Jesus right then! One of them, jack, had already accepted Jesus and offered to pray for the other two. After he was done, ante was so excited he asked me if he could pray with me later that day! He kept asking me where to buy a bible, and his face lit up when him and all the kids received a bible on the last day of vbs.
How sweet the gospel sounds to the ears that have never heard it! It changes lives and hearts that are open to it, 8 years old or 80 years old the gospel still has power to redeem!
Most people don’t think of France as an unreached people group, but these people are in desperate need of Jesus.
The reliance of wealth and beauty cannot satisfy, and these people are realizing it.
Pray for France!!
France was incredibly beautiful, eye opening and I definitely left another piece of my heart here. I can’t believe that I’m about to go to our last stop.
See you in El Salvador!!!