Thank you for praying for Paris, and for praying that God would help our team there to minister to people during this very difficult time.
Karl reports, “Last week we put up a variety of Scripture in our storefront window. We wanted to encourage, remind, and bless people with God’s promises from His Word. It was for our own staff, for members of Calvary Chapel, which meets at our branch on Tuesdays and Sundays, and of course for all Parisians who pass by our building. Many people stopped to read our display. The middle of the display says, “Jesus loves Paris. ” Then we printed out verses such as Matthew 5:4, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 27: 1-3 and Psalm 46:1.
“Last Wednesday we went out to sing worship songs and offer to pray for people at Place de la Répblique and also near the Bataclan café. You can see by the photos that people left all kinds of notes, flowers and candles as a memorial. We left a note with all the other notes of wishes, remembrance, and candles: ‘Paris – God loves you’ with the words from Psalm 46:2-5. Chantale and I, from the branch, were joined by Chantale’s pastor and his wife (Mike and Becky of Calvary Chapel) as well as a volunteer also named Mike.
“We were playing well known hymns such as ‘Amazing Grace,’ ‘What a Friend we have in Jesus,’ and ‘It is Well with my Soul.’ One young woman, Laura, began to cry as she heard ‘Amazing Grace’ for the first time in her life; hearing it somehow released all the emotions she’d been holding in. She initially hesitated to receive prayer but later did, and gladly received a hug from Becky! She left taking some information about Jesus.
“We also spoke with a refugee from Afghanistan who was living on the streets at République. He stopped to listen to the music and our team prayed for him. He was open to know more about Jesus.”
Chantale adds, “We planned to go out again on Friday, but cancelled due to heavy rain. My church, (the one who rents from our branch), offered coffee and slices of cake to passersby on Sunday. Even the police came; they were happy to drink coffee and even took a Bible. We will continue to go out and share the gospel. Our branch leader, Josh, and Mike also hope to go to the hospital to minister to the victims.”
Please continue to pray for the people of Paris, and for God to use our branch and many other believers to shine His gospel light in these dark times.