There are huge areas of France where people have no opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus: In France there are over 250 towns of 10,000+ people with no gospel-believing, gospel-preaching churches. Of the 36,664 communities in France, approximately 34,500 have no resident evangelical witness. There are whole departments (equivalent to British counties) with just 1 or 2 struggling evangelical churches to reach the hundreds of thousands of people who live there. The gospel-believing church in France is just 1/10 the size of the church in the UK.
France, the birthplace of John Calvin, saw a glorious revival in the mid-16th century with Calvin and others in Geneva training and sending thousands of pastors to evangelise and plant churches in France, and hundreds of thousands being converted.
Julien left the Jehovah’s Witness movement, hungry for spiritual truth – one of a number just like him whom we’ve been amazed to see the Lord bring us into contact with in recent years. Then there’s Hassan, a refugee from a Muslim background, whose heart has been touched by biblical truth.
Six of us were huddled over a blank canvas. One of us had stayed up late the night before to sketch a basic calendar for the year ahead. Every little box for every day of the year represented an opportunity – an opportunity to do our job and to reach the campus for Christ.
On the night of 13 November 2015, as all our screens filled with the terrors of the attacks on the Bataclan, Paris restaurant terraces and the area around the Stade de France, our social media screens began to fill with one phrase: “Pray for Paris.”
Bordeaux is one of the most agreeable towns in the world to live in. You should be very happy to live here. You are in Paradise.” Such was the rather effusive praise that designer Philippe Starck gave to the city when he visited recently.