We are now in Nice/St. Paul France. It is absolutely beautiful here! Definitely the most beautiful place that I have ever been. It’s also one of the most spiritually dead and lost places I’ve ever been to. It is hard for me to fathom how people live in and see such beauty around them yet have no sense of who God is. These people need Jesus, and I have loved getting to know the missionaries here who are trying to share the gospel with this city.
We have been working with the International Baptist Church. There is one in St. Paul and one in Nice. The pastor and most of the missionaries are from Denton and have been here for a few years. The pastor, his wife, and his 5 kids were such a joy for us to be around. They and the rest of the missionaries have been such servants to us.
The first day we were here we went on a prayer walk around St. Paul. It was such a sweet yet heartbreaking time of prayer for all of us. It was amazing to see the hearts that these missionaries have for the people here though. I loved talking to this French woman who was helping named Christine. She has such a passion for her country and such a desire to see the people here come to know Christ.
The past couple of days we have been helping decorate the church in St. Paul for a children’s bilingual camp they are having next week. It’s pretty much like VBS and is one of the church’s largest outreach events. They will have about 45 kids and their prayer is that those kids will come to know the Lord and will also share with their parents and families. You can all be praying that it goes well.
You can also be praying for the missionaries here. This is a very difficult place to be. They are in the enemies camp, surrounded by non-believers. They need protection and strength and encouragement. You can also be praying for the softening of hearts among the French people.
I have really enjoyed our time here. We have had such incredible food and it has made me so excited to someday go to culinary school and learn how to make it all. It has also further shown me that I have a heart for cities, and I as of now I really believe that the Lord wants me to be living in a big city. They have so much to offer yet they are filled with so much emptiness and suffering. We’ll see where the Lord leads me!
I can’t believe that we only have one stop left! I’m excited to serve in Honduras, and you can all be praying the me and my team serve well and finish strong.
I’ll leave y’all with the lyrics from the song that has been on my mind while in France. It’s God of this City by Chris Tomlin.
“You’re the God of this city
You’re the king of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation
You’re the light in the darkness
You’re the hope to the hopeless
You’re the peace to the restless
There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God
For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this city
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done here”