France

Oh God let us be a generation that seeks!

“I pray for more Bibles, and that people will read them. And that they will know there is one religion, that is Jesus.”

This is one of many unforgettable statements that Trey said in his prayer for Europe. Trey is a nine year old boy living here in St. Paul France. He is the son of the missionary pastor.

The Saturday after our team landed in France, we observed half day of prayer with the St Paul and Nice International Baptist Church. They do a half day of prayer quarterly every year. We spent six hours that morning worshipping God and praying for each continent of the world for the 30 minutes each. The first continent my group prayed for was Asia, and then it was Europe. My group consisted of 4 men over the age of 18 and the two pastor’s sons who were 7 and 9. While we were praying for Asia only us men said the prayers out loud and both of the boys did not say their prayers out loud, because they were scared about praying out loud. Then as our group was praying for Europe Trey said that prayer above and more. It caught me off guard. I did not expect this boy to have such an authentic faith and a heart for the lost. Trey understands who Jesus is and the need for others to know who Jesus is. In fact, I don’t think I have ever heard such a gospel-centered prayer as Trey had. As we were sitting in our circle praying I couldn’t help but cry about how encouraging it was to see this little boys huge faith.

“… Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:31-32

The truth is not hard to understand. As shown in my story above about Trey, this nine year old boy understands who Jesus is, and what Jesus desires. He fully understands the Gospel. The problem, especially what I observed in France, is that people don’t want to know or seek the truth. In fact people would rather seek out things to try to disprove the truth than allowing the truth to be true in their lives. During my time here in France I notice that people are very materialistic and to themselves. I would never say that the people are evil, but you do not see people reaching out to each other. People live for themselves and try to live to life to the fullest. They believe that is enough. They believe its okay not to believe in God. They believe the lies from Satan. They believe the lies from this world. They believe in misconceptions. People get so caught up in misconceptions about the life saving truth of Jesus that they will run away from the truth. It’s not that don’t, or can’t, understand the truth of Jesus, it’s that they don’t want to believe because of the misconceptions they accept as truth.

The solution to help people seek the truth is simple in theory and tough in practice. We as Christians need to love, serve, and share the hope of Jesus. Once Christians start looking like a church that is one in heart and mind and truly desire God’s heart, then people will be better able to see and trust that the truth we share to them is real. When people see that we truly care and love them, then they will want to understand what spurs that love. Give people a reason to think and to seek. Show people unconditional love that will cause people to seek.

This is one of the biggest lessons that God has revealed to me during my time in France. It has been a privilege to be able to serve and learn in France this summer. We have had the oppourtunity to do prayer walks in a couple of major cities, make sandwiches and pray and feed the homeless in the town of Nice, set up all the decorations for a VBS dor the church (Yes we made a dragon for their VBS), and also had the honor of blessing and encouragining the missionaries here in France. Thank you everybody for your continue support in prayer for me. Continue to pray for France and that they will be a nation that seeks the truth. Pray for safe travels as our team heads to Nicaragua and pray for the ministry that will be doing there will be fruitful. I love all of you guys and can not wait to be back with you all soon.

Au revoir!

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