Saturday, June 29, 2013

A Thriving Church in Southern France

The history of Marseille, France stretches back to pre-Roman times – at least 2,600 years.  MTW hasn’t been in France quite that long, but has enjoyed about 30 years of cooperation with UNEPREF, a reformed French denomination with roots in the protestant reformation.  Johnny was privileged to visit the region of southern France where most of UNEPREF’s churches are located and meet with the leaders of the church to discuss MTW’s past and future work with UNEPREF. 

It was a great pleasure to meet with French pastors Jean-Raymond, Daniel, and Pierre and with Pete Mitchell and Ken Matlack of MTW.  The Lord has allowed UNEPREF and MTW to cooperate in the planting of several churches and the meeting highlighted our desire to continue this good work. 

Although much of our time together was focused on how to improve our working relationship in the years ahead, there was time for some wonderful fellowship around meals.  We even paid a brief visit to the Musée du Désert, devoted to the memory of the persecution of the French Huguenots in the 17th and 18th centuries.   Most of the MTW team in France showed up for the dinner celebrating our 30 years together.  

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