MISSIONS MOMENT – FRANCE

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Crain and Cynthia Davis, WorldVenture

The new Torcy church, the church in Bussy and invited guests will be singing the good news of Jesus-Christ to 1000 people as part of an inter-religious concert on Saturday, November 21st in the town of Bussy.

A Gospel Choir in France? Why?

In Matthew 5.13-16, Jesus told his followers : You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

Sometimes we forget that to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world we need to spend significant time with people whose beliefs are different than those we cherish. That is one of the reasons that we decided to participate in a city-wide religious concert in the town of Bussy-Saint-Georges on Saturday, November 21st.

After the terrorist attacks in Paris in January 2015, I was invited to bring a word of consolation to a city-wide meeting in Bussy. This led to further contact with other religious leaders in the town and an invitation to participate in a concert planned for this month. Naturally, I accepted the invitation with the idea of organizing a gospel choir for members of our evangelical churches and other people who appreciate gospel music.

The rehearsals are giving us ample opportunities to rub shoulders (literally and figuratively!) with people from different religious backgrounds in the town. In fact, 2/3 of the 70-member choir is made up of people from outside of our two evangelical churches in Torcy and Bussy! Our part in the concert consists of presenting three gospel songs with a four-member band: “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” (in English), “Go Down Moses” (in French) and “Oh Happy Day” (in English). The choir members are very enthusiastic about singing, and the sound is excellent for a bunch of non-professionals!

Oh Happy Day... when Jesus washed my sins away!

Oh Happy Day…
when Jesus washed my sins away!

Cynthia Hard At Work

Men in the Choir

How Can You Pray For Us?

  1. Pray that the believers in the choir will be salt and light to the non-believers.
  2. Pray that the collective witness of the two evangelical churches organizing the three songs will make a significant impact in the town of Bussy-Saint-Georges.
  3. Pray that the saving power of Jesus-Christ will be clearly presented, especially in the song “Oh Happy Day”. Jesus really did wash our sins away on the cross!