France is on the front lines of a fierce war.
Did you know that:
- France has a population of nearly 63 million people?
- Church attendance of any sort in France is one of the lowest in Europe at only 6-8%?
- 80% of French people have never owned a Bible?
- There are approximately 50,000 full time practitioners of the occult arts but only 35,000 full time Christian workers?
- Evangelical Christian believers comprise only about 1% of the population. (Source:Operation World)
Many describe an acute emptiness and angst across the population, as demonstrated by riots such as the Gillet Jaunes. The French remain suspicious towards anything religious. Humanism and nominalism is the norm. Many feel science has replaced any need for God.
But things are changing. When I worked in church planting with the French 20 years ago, it took a long time building a relationship with someone; to the point where you could talk about God with them in a meaningful way. Yet today, the French youth have shed much of that reluctance to talk of spiritual things. They are recognizing that they need answers to filling the spiritual void. Some are finding a relationship with Jesus Christ as the remedy.
Faith for the future.
I believe the Camp of the Peaks (Camp des Cimes) is in a perfect place to shine Jesus’ light where it is the darkest, just like that tiny town I wrote about earlier in this blog. Many of you know from experience the impact that a Christian camp, retreat, or conference has had on your faith. That impact is even greater where the darkness of spiritual warfare rages the strongest. We have seen many people bring their non-believing friends to the Camp. The Camp is a place for people from all of France and the French territories to discuss and explore God’s Word as a response to real world problems. But not only that, the Camp also serves to “strengthen the found“, so that national believers are encouraged in their faith and continue making disciples throughout France and Greater Europe. By God’s hand, the Camp saw a 20% increase in nights spent over the last year. The Spirit is moving and I expect that increase to be even greater in this coming year. France is at such an important crossroads. Seeing a revival here would help reach the world.
Partner with me and the Camp to reach France
I need your help to partner with me in helping to reach France. As you have heard, God worked some pretty amazing miracles to get me back here and to direct me to the Camp. Now that I have been back here for a couple of months, I can see how God has been forming my experience so He might use those skills to help take the Camp to the next level. In my very limited, human view of God’s incredible plan & purpose, I can catch a glimpse of some reasons why He brought me back now. I am humbled and frankly astonished that He would bring me back here to serve again. My strength is definitely in Him. His purpose would appear to extend even past the Camp; as the local church and two Christian associations have asked for some assistance, as well.
When I negotiated deploying immediately to the field with Greater Europe Mission (which I can see now was Divine timing), I agreed to come on faith, prior to the standard of having 100% support raised. I agreed to receive no pay until I had 100% pledged and to get to that level within 6 months. That time is fast arriving.
I am looking for churches and individuals to partner with me to reach France, so I can share Jesus’ light. The support set by Greater Europe Mission for me is $4655 monthly. This covers $1800 base salary, insurance, taxes in both US and France, and ministry funds. My goal is to be at 100% funding within the next 80 days so that I can remain here. Are you ready to help share God’s light? Why not make a Faith Pledge today?
They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the Gentiles. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.3 John 6-8
Thank you also for praying that God grants me wisdom in how to proceed and helps this requirement to be met soon!
100% for France