God recently did way above and beyond what some of us were asking or thinking in France. People can sometimes develop a bleak vision for countries or people groups where the fruit of the gospel is scarce. This may be the case with France, a country whose natives have described to me their churches as empty, boring, and mainly visited by the elderly.
God is at work, though: He recently sent 16 young people, under the leadership of Pr. Patrick and Rosa Pierre of Times Square Church, on a 9-day mission trip to the southwest of France. We put on 6 gospel concerts in and around the city of Toulouse along with local churches, proclaiming the love and gospel of Jesus Christ.
God not only provided us with the funds to go, but with the grace to reach out to people on the streets, prepare skits, songs, testimonies, and preaching that ultimately pointed people to God through Jesus Christ.
Typically the churches received record attendance for the concerts, and at each meeting people were responding to turn to and give their lives to Jesus Christ. At a couple of concerts around 20 people or more responded each time. Someone even gave their life to the Lord Jesus on our rest day during a cookout with the young believers of Toulouse! Such was the way God was moving on hearts in France! Pastors and believers were greatly blessed by God since this rate of conversions was for them unusual.
It was great to have Joshua C., Judith V. and Tony G. on the team – also class of 2014 Summit alumni. What a privilege that the Lord Jesus took us alongside to serve Him in what He is doing in Europe. God used my Summit experience to help me be ready to serve with whatever was needed. French believers testified that the messages shared by us alumni were clear and orderly – something I think God developed in us at least partly through Summit’s homiletics course. That’s what it is: living for the benefit of others.
So voilà, there’s a snippet of the awesome things Jesus recently did—shining His light in dark places and using His children for the glory of His name. Won’t you ask the Lord Jesus if He would send you somewhere for His name’s sake? Put the excuses aside; only believe, and see the glory of God.
-Oliver, Class of 2014