Mission Spotlight: Paris, France
By: Lexa Jones
Sixteen months ago I flew home from an amazing 6 weeks spent in Paris, France.
When I tell people that I spent part of my summer in Paris, they tend to assume I was vacationing, traveling or studying abroad. As I proceed to tell them I was on a mission trip, their eyes glaze over with a confused look. Paris is not the typical place you expect to hear people being sent to on a mission trip. My mind naturally jumps to Africa, the Dominican Republic, or Haiti – third world countries or slums. The truth is yes all these places need Jesus- Paris included.
Throughout my 6 weeks, God was at work not only in the lives of the Parisian students, but in mine as well. As I instantly fell in love with the city, God was creating a love in me that went much deeper. My heart was broken for the Parisians I was meeting each day. In many third world countries, people need to be sent to serve and to share the concept of who Jesus even is. However, in a place like Paris, they already have an idea of who they think God is.
They look at Christianity as a thing of the past government, as outdated, as a set of strict rules that no one would ever want to follow. To sum it up, they see Christianity as an old, washed up religion and not as an amazing, indescribable, grace filled relationship with God, our Father and creator.
As I built relationships with students it was common to be told I was the first Christian they had met that was their age. As I talked about this relationship with God, it was something they had never heard of. God showed me how He grieved for them and gave me His heart for Paris.
Fast forward to now-the end of October 2015, sixteen months later. God has provided me with another opportunity to go to Paris. This time, I will be leading a team of students from the University of Minnesota on a mission trip for 9 days over Thanksgiving. There is currently a team of 11 people (5 are from the U of M!) currently spending a year of their lives serving the Lord in Paris reaching these college aged students.
Our group will be working with them throughout our time, providing them with the much needed laborers. In Matthew 9, Jesus calls His disciples telling them, “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” I am so excited for this second adventure running after Christ, trusting Him to use me and our team as He leads these Parisian students into His love and forgiveness.
As I am three weeks away from heading over the Atlantic, I ask for your prayers!
▪For the Parisian students hearts to be open to conversations about Jesus
▪For endurance the long term team currently there
▪For relationships to be built between students and the long term team through our conversations
▪For the Thanksgiving outreach that will be put on
▪For our team’s safety and effectiveness working together on the trip
Ultimately, my continuous prayer is that God’s name would be glorified.
“Let them give glory to the Lord and declare His praise.” Isaiah 42:12
[Mission trips take financial means and therefore Lexa’s team is raising support. If God has put it on your heart to give in any way, just let her know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org]
For more of Alexa’s journey, go to https://alexajones7.wordpress.com