“We cannot push away God’s call to full-time Christian ministry, we have to respond. We are now going to the Bible Institute to prepare.”
— A couple that ABWE missionaries witnessed coming to the Lord, to disciple them, celebrate their wedding, and equip them for ministry.
The Spiritual Need in France
France has a population of 61 million, but it is in spiritual darkness, with less than 1 percent being born again Christians. Ninety percent of the people call themselves Catholic, yet less than 10 percent still practice their religion seriously. Muslims, Protestants, and other minorities enjoy religious liberty in this country.
Churches in France lack the support, resources, and leadership they once had causing them to feel isolated. One third of churches have French pastors, one third have missionary pastors, and one third do not have a pastor at all.
While the culture may be described as atheistic, humanistic, agnostic or typically postmodern, God is doing some exciting things here, and there are many windows of opportunity for revival. The gospel must be shared with this spiritually needy country where the truth is held down by humanistic skepticism and known only in widely separated areas. One does not have to look far to find areas with potential for evangelism and church planting.
ABWE in France
The number of true believers in France has grown ten-fold in the last 50 years, and the number of evangelical churches has grown eight-fold. ABWE is proud to be a part of this growth since entering France in 1984. Many here have come to Christ, are serving Him today, and are better equipped to live spiritually-rich lives.
ABWE continues to embed missionaries in large metropolitan centers with a focus on church planting, teaching at a Bible Institute, and equipping believers and leaders. Urban centers lend themselves to one-on-one contact and small group Bible studies, along with other efforts in evangelism. We also recognize that children’s Bible clubs, literature stands in open markets, mass literature distributions, Bible studies for university students, sports activities, and youth ministries are all effective means of reaching the French with the gospel. God is growing His kingdom in France with the help of missionaries who are passionate about personal evangelism, small group Bible studies, camp ministry, concerts, sports activities, youth ministries, among many other areas.