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The celebration took place in Pontault-Combault, France, over the weekend of 25 to 26 March. That Saturday, about 100 people gathered at the Pontault-Combault Baptist Church, commemorating God’s goodness, and the ways in which He has worked through OM in France to see the gospel reach many people from the 1960’s until today.
The next day, Tong preached at the Sunday morning service, expounding on the shepherd heart of God for the lost—a fundamental basis for missions. He also drew much laughter from the 500-strong congregation when he recalled how he made his first mission trip out of Belgium into Paimpol in France when he joined OM in 1978, sharing at local church meetings and selling books from door to door on a shoestring budget.
“Interestingly, the Pontault-Combault Baptist Church started in the living room of OM France’s former field leader, Chris Short, and has today become a vibrant community of Jesus followers made up of many cultures,” Tong said.
The occasion did not just celebrate spiritual milestones in missions, but it afforded OM France the opportunity to cast a vision for the future of missions in this country.
With the many changes happening across Europe in recent years, such as political instability, mass migration and human trafficking, OM France has been responding promptly to stay relevant to the times, yet remaining grounded in their fundamental mission of sharing the gospel of Jesus of Christ with the unreached.
In this regard, OM France has a strategic ministry ministering lovingly to some of the least reached people in France through short-term outreaches, literacy classes for immigrants in the northern Paris suburbs, networking among Turkish Christian groups, ministering to victims of human trafficking and discipling young French Christians to be a witness to their friends.
“We are excited to see people connecting with the Lord Jesus at different levels and to be a part of what He is doing in this country,” said Simon Yeomans, the current OM France field leader.
Yeomans added passionately, “We want to be a support to our local churches. We want to help them grow, encourage them to send many out into missions and become truly vibrant communities of believers. The OM global community can support us by sending recruits to reach the 65 million people in France who have yet to encounter Jesus in a real way.”
OM France is part of Operation Mobilisation (OM), an international missionary organisation that works in over 115 countries in partnership with local churches. The role of OM is to mobilise Christians to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached. For more information about the work and ministry of OM in France, please visit www.fr.om.org
Published: Friday, 28 April 2017
Credit: See Keen TAN