As we look ahead to Fall, and contemplate the upcoming holiday of Thanksgiving and with it a season of Thankfulness, please let me begin by saying thank you. Thank you, and we need you! It is your partnership in giving and praying with the resources God has entrusted to you which make it possible for me to be here doing my part, feet on the ground, spreading the Gospel to the nations. I’m so honored that you partner with me and I pray you’re encouraged and inspired by what God is doing among the nations here in France through us. If you’re not yet one of the amazing partners impacting Paris and the world with me, and you’re interested in joining this partnership, links at the end of this post below.
Thank you, to each and every one of you.
Our church (Église Saint-Lazare) celebrated it’s 1 Year anniversary in September 2018. Praise God!
Our Church’s First Baptism Celebration
In October, we celebrated an eternally significant day: the baptism of a dear young woman, our first baptism at l’Église Saint Lazare, and a magnificent day when this friend chose to declare her faith in Jesus and invite her church family and friends to support her in her lifelong walk with Him as her Lord.
I, among others, were moved to tears as we heard this beautiful young sister share her journey of seeking, finding, and committing to following Jesus Christ. Her path had it’s bumps, like us all, but she was radiant as she shared how Christ had set her free in so many ways. What a testimony it was as some present were hearing about who Jesus was for the first time!
OH, How We Celebrated together!!
The Lord God our Provider: I Have Moved house!
This means so much more than a change of address. After a year of prayer and waiting on the Lord to simply accomplish His will for my geographic location, the Lord acted faithfully (as He always does) and He most certainly gave bigger and far beyond what I could ask or dream or think or imagine. (He’s so astounding!)
On September 29, 25 people showed up to help me move from my home of 4 years in Massy, France to my new apartment just minutes away from my church plant & ministry in Paris, France. 25 people! And I can tell you, this move has a HUGE impact!
Just like they say in real estate: Location! Location! Location!
This means my commute to church meetings has decreased by 90%, making it 100% more possible for me to be intentionally involved at maximum capacity for this church plant in Paris’ center. I am now available 3-4 times a week for 1:1 discipleship and prayer times with others instead of only 2-3 times per month. I can now lead youth group twice as often! This move has more than tripled my capacity for investing in people, leading volunteers & organizing church services, supporting my pastors, and encouraging believers in their walks with the Lord. I finally feel I am living fully the life God called me to here in France.
Organizing church services, participating in staff meetings and community events is now possible every day of the week instead of just once or twice a week. This move has at exponentially increased my capacity to serve and invest in this mighty work of God. And, the day I moved–it had already begun!
In the thirty days that I have lived in this new home, my guest room has welcomed 4 different women over 15 days. One dear friend serving as a missionary in Africa, came to stay for a week of rest and rejuvenation as she prepared to return for another term of missions. A week later, another woman who serves in Madrid, Spain came to stay for a week of rest and respit after completing a year of very difficult language study and exams in her country of ministry. Then, I had the joy of welcoming a dear friend who is a missionary in another city in France. And I’ve also offered this lovely room to a friend from my church here in Paris more than once. what a JOY! to serve and care for God’s people!! Praise God that He has kicked open the doors to ministry for me here, allowing me to operate out of my gifts and passions to share His love.
Just as soon I said yes to one miracle after another which led me straight to this new home, I hadn’t even unpacked all the boxes yet and the Lord has filled my calendar with opportunities to serve and be fully invested in my community among my church now that I’m close enough to do so. Praise Him for how FULL my heart feels to be able to serve and care for people in this way in community.
My new home has ALREADY happily hosted the youth group I lead, prayer meetings, 1:1 discipleship times, Bible studies, and dinners. CLEARLY God is putting to use the gifts and passions He has given me for prayer, hospitality, and community, and I could not be happier. I even invited some friends to carve pumpkins with me–they’d never done it before and loved the fun evening! There are already dates on the calendar for church events in my home for November, December, and January and I haven’t even had a housewarming party yet! OH, how the Lord PROVIDES!
Here’s a few photos of my street (daily market!) and apartment as I am unpacking & settling in:
I am truly humbled and blown away by His faithfulness, and I must say mY HEART IS FULL and for the first time in a long time, I feel ALIVE to be living out of my heart for his people in these ways. I just feel so fully ME being able to share my home like this. That would ALL be for HIS glory and our joy as we all come to know Him better, that’s the true prayer of my heart.
Here’s some photo highlights of all this great ministry happening:
Teenage girls’ youth group (at my house):
Middle school youth group:
Church Service Leadership & Coordination
A massive part of my ministry here in France is organizing and coordinating our church services among our church plant. This means I am able to lead the volunteers serving in each church service to both free up our pastors to focus on their leadership roles and invite our church members into service and evangelism. This is both discipleship, service training and administration and organization for our church. Caring for people, training them up and making church happen. It’s a lot of work and I absolutely love it! Our church attendance averages about 45 weekly, a huge success for churches in France, and we have over thirty of our members serving in one way or another. I love seeing the fruit of people being energized to serve as they grow in their relationship with the Lord and understanding of the reason why we serve–because He first served us in love. My pastors and their wives tell me all the time how thankful they are that God brought us together and I tell them exactly how I feel: it’s reciprocal. I couldn’t be more convinced that God brought us together as a team to care for people and share His Word. My cup runneth over.
The Truth About France
This week I had a conversation with a friend who said that she recently met someone who said that she was the first Christian they had ever met in their life. This is a something I have also experienced more times than I can count during my four years in France.
It may not be always obvious, but this is a common reality in France. There are millions of people here who have never held a Bible, never met another Christian, never set foot in a church or heard the Word of God preached. We are advancing the Good News and a part of changing lives forever. Thank you.
And please don’t forget, this is nothing I could do alone. And that is just how God intended it. His Church (that’s all of us) partnering together! We’re partnered together for Him and His life-saving Word! I need you. I need all of you who are currently supporting to consider a special one-time gift as the end of the year approaches and I’ve moved into this new season of more intense ministry in the city center. I need all of you reading this to understand that moving to Paris is touching more lives but also a financial investment. The reality is life in the city is completely strategic for ministry, a blessing and an honor and more expensive, absolutely stretching me and challenging me to lean into God who has always provided all thats’s needed and to ask you to begin financially supporting me allowing ministry to happen much more deeply and frequently in the lives of people here in Paris.
It’s an honor to be here on this journey with you.
With love in Christ and all trust in Him,
And I will lead the blind
in a way that they do not know,
in paths that they have not known
I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I do,
and I do not forsake them.