Well September is the “Re-entry” in French culture. People have spent the last 6 weeks completely checked out of normal life… many on vacation for a month at a time, but now… everyone’s back. School’s started, businesses re-opened, and people look to fill their social calendar. The Bridge is engaging people at different community events, as well as hosting an open house day on Sunday morning, Sept. 19.
We are now going to begin our 4th set of negotiations for a permanent home for The Bridge. This property is affordable, in a great location and has enough space to fulfill our long-term vision of The Bridge as a ministry center. It needs LOTS of renovation though, so when it is finalized start booking your trip to come help!
We appreciate your prayers over the last month. We are very close to finalizing negotiations on space for the church in an office building in Le Pecq– which is in the heart of our target area in Paris’ western suburbs. Please continue to pray about this, as there are still a few logistical hurdles to be worked out.
On the family side, we are finishing language school on Friday, June 25. Hard to believe this year of language study is almost behind us, but we are very thankful for it. We can communicate adequately now in French (still lots of improvement ahead) and understand almost everything we come into contact with. It opens up many new doors for relationships as well as simply navigating life & business here in France!
The children will be finishing their school year (completely French environment) on Friday, July 2. We are so proud of them. We will be moving at the end of July to live among the international community concentrated on the west side of Paris (our school has been 20 minutes south of Paris). We appreciate your continued prayers for this transition as the right location, price and space are a hard combination to find!
We are preparing for the first public service of The Bridge in Paris this coming Sunday! Our team is growing, and any day we could receive an answer allowing us to obtain a permanent building for The Bridge. Momentous occasions indeed! Read all about it & print one out for your church (or let us know if you need a printed copy).
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Todd & Amanda Tyson and family
Download Printable version here: Tyson Tidings 4.1– Building the Bridge
“The Bridge” will be a new church plant combined with a ministry center focusing on the international population of the city of Paris, France. We are asking God to bring together an amazing team of people, both from the US and abroad to make this dream a reality— building a bridge of hope to the city of Paris. Only 5 out of 1000 people claim a relationship with Jesus Christ in this city, which is home to 3 million Muslims as well as people representing every corner of the world. The Bridge will serve as a church planting engine for the Paris region, a center for mentoring of future pastors and missionaries, and launching point for outreach. We will be inviting dozens of short-term ministry teams to play significant roles in this endeavor. (See “The Bridge Project” link to the right for more information) Continue reading “Tyson Tidings 4.1– Building the Bridge”