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April 2018
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Carcassonne terrorist attack: a Christian response

Terrorism has hit again! Since Friday 23rd March, France has been in shock. The attack in Carcassonne and Trèbes left four people dead and many injured physically and psychologically. The French are sad, angry and indignant. As Christians, how should we react? What thoughts should guide us?  Today we want to weep with those who weep (Rom 12.15). We want to pray for those who suffer the loss of a loved one. We want to pray for them to find their consolation in God.  “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all”(Romans 12:17). While...

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February 2017
France

Evangelicalism in France

Protestantism is a very marginal minority in France, numerically less than 2 per cent of the total population. France Mission estimates there are 1,700,000 Protestants in France and 600,000 evangelicals. The first figure seems generous. People can say they are Protestants just because they are not Catholics. They sympathise with the Protestant minority because they take them to stand for freedom of conscience and tolerance. In the second half of the 20th century, the Roman Catholic Church ‘lost’ France, with religious practice and christenings plummeting. In spite of that, Catholicism is still a cultural heavyweight in society, and, if you say you are ‘Christian’, that...

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February 2016
Germany

Encouragement in Berlin

Liberal Christianity, National Socialism, Communism: the turbulent developments of modern German history have seemingly attacked the true church from every angle, and this is the case in Germany’s capital city, Berlin. Berlin has a population of 3.5 million and is at the centre of one of Europe’s fastest-growing economies. It is also playing a significant role in the European refugee crisis, welcoming thousands of migrants every month. Spiritual desert However, a mere 0.5 per cent of those living in this strategic city attend an evangelical church and 60 per cent would self-identify as atheistic. Against this backdrop, it has been all the more encouraging, therefore,...

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August 2015
Germany

Berlin church plant

It is apparent that Western Europe is still a mission field in 2015. Nations that would have once boasted full churches and many believers have drifted far from the truth of the gospel. Aware of this need, the church planting committee of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales (EPCEW) was in much discussion, during late 2011 and into 2012, concerning the needs and opportunities in Europe. In God’s providence, there were several German Christians known by one of EPCEW’s ministers and after several on-the-ground meetings in Germany, it became clear that a potential church planting nucleus was developing in Berlin. So, in September...

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October 2013
France

What can be done?

Fiona Steward, a missionary with UFM Worldwide and Grace Baptist Mission, has been reaching out to students in Bordeaux, France, for the last 8 years. She shared her inmost motivations in a recent prayer letter. What can be done without God? An obvious question, but one that our sinful, self-reliant, self-glorifying hearts need to grasp more. It is a deep consolation to be reminded that no one can stop the Lord accomplishing all that he has purposed. Everything is through and for Christ. The glory can only ever go to him. What can be done without the cross? I love what was said of Spurgeon’s...

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July 2013
France

Praying for France

The population of France is around 65 million, 20 per cent living in the Paris area. Public life in France is ruled by the republican idea of liberty, equality and fraternity. This means neutrality with regard to religion, which is absent from politics or education.       Laws exist regulating religious practice, and minority groups only tend to run into difficulties with the authorities when they act outside the law.    Mission field France is a mission field, even if the Roman Church tries to keep up appearances and can mobilise large numbers. France is a highly secularised country; religious practice is low, particularly in the cities....

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June 2013
France

A week of outreach organised by ‘La Voix des Prophètes’ (Voice of the Prophets) in Paris.

About 110 young people between the ages of  15 and 25 were on the team. During the week there were more than 500 significant conversations! Over 900 Bibles were distributed. More than 500 copies of the booklet ‘Cher Abdullah’ and the CD ‘Chemin vers le ciel’ (testimonies of Christians from Muslim backgrounds) distributed. We were very encouraged by the final evening meeting. Over 180 people were present, many of whom came from countries that are closed to the gospel: Senegal, Mali…many Arabs, Berbers and French people. There was a simultaneous translation into Arabic provided by an Egyptian brother. The room was so packed out that...

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June 2013
France

Serving the Lord in Brittany

As a French and European history undergraduate student at Cardiff University, I spent the academic year 2011-2012 in Guingamp, Brittany.       This was my year abroad in France. From an academic point of view, its purpose was to improve my language skills and immerse myself in French culture. I was able to fulfil these criteria whilst working for a Christian mission organisation, UFM Worldwide. Guingamp Guingamp is a small town in rural Brittany that dates back to medieval times. It has a population of about 25,000. Despite being small, it is well connected, being on the Paris-Brest train line and also being home to a...

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