So. We’re moving to Paris. We’re planning and working hard to get there within 6 months. As we’ve been sharing our plans recently, it’s been really amazing to see the excitement people get as we talk with them about the passion and reason behind why we’re moving.
In telling people we’re moving to Paris to start a church, we get a lot of: “Oooh, that will be so fun!…What a dream city!…Oh, we loved going there on vacation – that would be amazing to live there!” Now, I’m not saying that we won’t enjoy living there – I know we will – but those really aren’t the reasons we’re going. Paul & I feel called there. To plant ourselves there for the rest of our lives, and to do whatever we can to bring Jesus to the people there. Paris is one of the roughest cities to do ministry in all of Europe – and actually most of the world. It’s lonely. People don’t have many friends, or places to form community. The friends they do have are generally very surface-level relationships. The suicide rates are extremely high. They feel unloved. They’ve all but rejected God. Also – it rains. A lot. (I’m really not a lover of drizzle.)
That is life in Paris. It’s not spending hours every day at museums or eating croissants while lounging on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower. It’s real life – along side very real, very hurting people. That is what we’re going there for. Paul & I have a call on our lives to be ministers. We aren’t going to be perfect at it, but it’s what we need to do. Our God is big enough to cover all the hurt, and even heal it in many lives. It’s a big thing we’re being asked to do with and for Him, and I couldn’t be more honored or humbled by it.
I am incredibly excited to finally get over there. It’s been a long time coming – and though we’re not there quite yet, I do know France is where we’ll be soon.
My hope is that you would better understand the commitment and investment we’re going to Europe to make. We believe that there are amazing things for the future, and amazing Europeans that God will to do great things through – and to be called to invest in them and in France is very exciting.