Drew and I got to go with two staff and six students to Paris, France for six weeks this summer! One of the students on our team lives in Ohio and studies creative writing, Lindsey Rowland. I asked her to share her experience for you:
“When one mentions that she is going on a six week mission trip, the mind doesn’t immediately go to a place like Paris, France. Last year, when I was a junior at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio and feeling led to the City of Lights, I had to make sure that I wasn’t just drawn to the romance of one of the most beautiful spots on Earth. The Lord affirmed me, and it wasn’t long before I came to understand, in a very real sense, how much Paris needs the Gospel.
“We arrived to find beautiful monuments, legendary art, rich history, and a generation that has convinced itself that God isn’t relevant or real; that religion is a thing of the past and isn’t worth talking about. But, by the grace of God, we were able to talk about it and were blessed to partake in conversations that were both challenging and wonderful; humiliating and encouraging. At the end of our time in the city, at Diderot campus, we had initiated 397 conversations and didn’t get to see anyone come to know Christ. But the theme of the summer was God’s sovereignty.
“While leaning on the Lord and my team, I learned that there is no greater honor than to carry the truth to people who desperately need it and to trust in the power of speaking the words of life. There is nothing that I can do to save souls, but I have learned to joyfully sing of Jesus and to fully invest myself in the knowledge that the ears of those who hear will be opened.
“For five weeks this summer, seeds were scattered in Paris and we can confidently expect them to take hold; for God to grow them into something that is beyond anything we could begin to imagine.
Revelation 7:9 says, “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…”
I can’t wait for that day, because I know that we will be reunited with those we encountered this summer. Praises will be sung, loud and vibrant, in French! I head back to campus in the fall for my final year at Otterbein and I am entering with a renewed mindset. Wherever we are, we need to assume the stance of the mission of the Gospel. We
have the most wonderfully visceral truth of all anchoring our souls, and it is my prayer for myself and for my brothers and sisters that that fire would stir our feet to move, our mouths to speak, our hearts to love, and our eyes to look heavenward, expectantly awaiting the arrival of the King for whom we live. I am blessed beyond measure to have had this incredible experience, and I can’t wait to continue to testify to how He is moving in me, in Paris, and in the world.”
Thank you for your continued support and prayers!