We had a wonderful Easter Sunday with 300 people on Sunday morning, combining after each service the Easter Egg hunt that had to be canceled on Saturday due to rain. Here’s our latest newsletter & some reflections on the past few months, while looking forward to the coming months (hint: lots of transition!).
Thanks for your prayers this weekend. Unfortunately our Saturday activities were rained out, but we invited all the families to join for an Easter Egg hunt after each service tomorrow. We are praying God will touch the hearts of many tomorrow, so please pray with us!
We have started to hear from quite a few people that are moving to Paris in the coming months, so there will be many opportunities to connect with those from around the world leading into this summer.
Also pray for our new team members from South Africa who are moving here on Thursday. A great couple with a heart for France!
As we celebrate Jesus’ birth this year, we are amazed at all He continues to do through His church, here in Paris and around the world! This fall has seen growth in all the right ways through our ministry in Paris. We opened a Community Centre in a wonderful location. Not
We opened a Community Centre in a wonderful location. Not only is our team growing through volunteers and the synergy of having a central meeting location, but our presence in the community during the week is growing. We are thankful for God answering all our prayers in this long-time goal for The Bridge.
More people are prepared to be baptized in early 2017 and our team is developing new discipleship strategies to connect with transient people who are here for different lengths of time and commute from all over Paris. Every summer we feel like our church has to start from scratch with so many departures, but every Christmas we rejoice to see what He has done in our community to breathe new life into the hearts of men, women & families who have joined The Bridge community!
Our family will spend the 2017-2018 school year in the U.S. (yes it’s been almost 4 years since our last time back!). We see God weaving together our leadership team in preparation for that season. We look forward to the reconnection with so many, but we ask your prayers for our family as it also brings many challenges as well.
Tessa is 15 now, Sophia 14, Luke 8 and Tori 4. We will celebrate 21 years of marriage and that same time together in ministry next week. We are blessed by God and by you. Merry Christmas and may your 2017 be the best year yet!
The last year has been a great year of growth in the church & and in our team here in Paris. We were thrilled to see 14 people get baptized this summer. The good news just continues because we’ve finally had an offer accepted for a mid-week ministry center! It was a miracle where God met all of our needs– location, size & budget. We look forward to a new season of ministry here in as we engage our community & build the church!
Please be in prayer with us for the last two weeks of September which are so key here in Paris. People have just moved here, or they’re coming back from long summer breaks… and BOOM! Life begins anew. School, work, family, community… it all finds new life this month & we pray that for many Jesus will bring about new life in them! The weekend of 24-25 September is our big outreach weekend where will be inviting people in on Saturday evening as well as Sunday morning. Most don’t know what to expect from “church” people but they always find a great time, warm welcome, and hopefully challenging inspiration!
Thanks for your prayers– we could not do it without you!
Two weeks ago tomorrow, it was surreal to realize that after the attacks earlier this year it was happening all over again. Everyone here was really scared Friday & Saturday. Most people seemed to know someone who was at the stadium, and we heard of several that narrowly missed the killings at the restaurant or concert, and even one local man who lost his life, but we thank God our immediate relationships and our church was spared any casualties. The fear was that the violence would surface again the next day as it did earlier this year. It really wasn’t until the following Wednesday in the Saint-Denis area that there was a tangible fear of violence, which turned out to be a definitive police action.
As for that first Sunday, some local officials restricted gatherings but we met & had two great services (3 including our French African fellowship). After talking and praying, our team wiped away the normal order of service & totally revolved around these 5 prayer themes from our British team member. Praying interspersed with worship songs was the theme of the day. People came out in strength, and we were pleased that fear did not dominate the day. We had an especially powerful time as small groups gathered around the auditorium to lift up each other & the Christian community.
We’re praying for open doors to connect with the community, and to have conversations that otherwise would never happen outside these terrible circumstances. Pray with us for peace to come from Christians into situations all across the city where people are in fear.
Watch this video here to see what one of our church members and her friends did to help bring peace back to the city of lights.
This Thanksgiving Day Todd led a Bible Study combined with a turkey dinner, while the rest of the family welcomed friends and neighbors into our home. There’s no place like home (we miss you all!), but your prayers have helped people find a spiritual “home” here in Paris!
It’s been a really great 2015 so far. Easter was a focal time for us, and our staff has grown, and will continue to grow through the rest of this year.
Here’s a link to our recent newsletter: eepurl.com/bpA4Uv
Keep our family in prayer, the new team members here at The Bridge, and the choices that face us at The Bridge International Church continues to grow (i.e. 2nd service starting in September and the search for a 2nd location).
We will be hosting a missions team in a few weeks of 21 young people from the U.S. We’ll be trying some new things & our hope is that their enthusiasm connects with other young people here in the Paris region, and they are able to minister to people who are in need all around us (Paris isn’t just want you see on the postcards!).
We are thankful to Stephan Hughes for this video he produced about The Bridge:
This Fall in Paris has been a season of discipleship & growth in many ways. We are so thankful for your prayers & support for our family and for The Bridge.
For those in the United States this week, we pray for you to enjoy a wonderful time of Thanksgiving with friends and family. For each of you, we thank God & pray his continued favor and guidance!
*120 people have been discipled in groups and a book tied into our Sunday messages this Fall.
*Divine appointments that have led a Palestinian man to Christ & a Pakistani man to our church.
*A new opportunity opened for a 2nd meeting location in central Paris.
*Pray for discipleship mentors to multiply.
*Pray for two new leadership teams started in areas of Stewarship & Spiritual growth.
*Ask for us to have wisdom to lead The Bridge as we outgrow the first congregation & location.
*Blessing and support for new team members coming to join us in 2015.
What is a Christian really? What does church have to do with Jesus?
These questions are often at the heart of new relationships here in the Paris region. People from over 60 nations meet us at church or in our everyday lives & they all bring something different with them. So this fall we are “Learning to Follow Jesus” with people around the Paris area. Our entire church (about 120 people have a book in their hands currently) along with small groups and mentoring relationships have taken on this focus for the last few months. How do you teach someone to follow Jesus?
A young woman from Vietnam shared recently how her time with a mentor & this book changed her life. Pray with us that each person develops a deeper relationship with Jesus– whether they are a doubting seeker or a Christian moving her from somewhere else in the world.
This is a quick note to ask for your prayers leading into this Easter weekend. We have been praying and preparing for three months, and will have two morning services for the first time. It has been a fast moving season of bright revitalizing growth! We hit the ground running in July 2013, working hard to get reacquainted with friends after a year away and getting to know the many new friends God has sent our way. We celebrated the 4th anniversary of The Bridge with 65 nationalities represented…we LOVE it! Please pray with us as we move forward.
We will update you soon with an Easter report and about the missions teams that we have hosted this Spring, but covet your prayers for this weekend!