New Student Center in France

Our AGWM personnel in France are working to bring Christ to university campuses, ministering to both French and international students alike. A new student center was recently opened with the décor emphasizing a welcome to internationals. This is a place where students can find authentic relationships and encounter Truth. There are outreach English classes which are averaging 12-20 students, 60% of which are from North Africa. The focus is on conversational English. In fact, in a recent staff meeting, the leader handed out sheets with Unreached People Groups listed on them that likely can be found among the university students. The staff was to pray for them and so the AGWM worker chose the Riffi Berber group. That night as she was talking to one of the guys, she found out he is a Riffi Berber. She remarks, “If I hadn't taken the sheet, I wouldn't have had the knowledge to even ask and find out from what tribe he was. He also came to our retreat in September, so we are developing relationship with him. We consider the English class to be like a "small group", in that we cultivate relationship. And they do like to hang out, so that we are often cleaning things up about 10:30 or later at night.”

maghreb_girl.jpgOur AGWM personnel in France are working to bring Christ to university campuses, ministering to both French and international students alike.  A new student center was recently opened with the décor emphasizing a welcome to internationals.  This is a place where students can find authentic relationships and encounter Truth.  There are outreach English classes which are averaging 12-20  students, 60% of which are from North Africa.  The focus is on conversational English.  In fact, in a recent staff meeting, the leader handed out sheets with Unreached People Groups listed on them that likely can be found among the university students.  The staff was to pray for them and so the AGWM worker chose the Riffi Berber group.  That night as she was talking to one of the guys, she found out he is a Riffi Berber. She remarks, “If I hadn't taken the sheet, I wouldn't have had the knowledge to even ask and find out from what tribe he was.  He also came to our retreat in September, so we are developing relationship with him.  We consider the English class to be like a "small group", in that we cultivate relationship.  And they do like to hang out, so that we are often cleaning things up about 10:30 or later at night.”

algerian_student.jpgWhen the second floor of the center is completed, the vision is to set up a 24/7 prayer room designed to be a place where students can come in and creatively express their love to God by writing, drawing, painting, or to be prayed for by the team.  They can also have a private place to be in God’s presence.

There will also be a  boutique room on the second floor.  It would be a place where individuals who are needy, could come and choose 2-3 complete outfits, and the team would lavish love on them - take pictures, relate to them, affirm them, and offer to pray for them.  It would not be a mass clothing give away, but something that would provide lots of face time with people; and the ability to speak into their lives in several ways.