In France, less than 1% of the population are evangelical Christians. Campus Crusade for Christ's mission statement is to build spiritual movements everywhere so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus. In Montpellier, we are often the first people these students have ever met who truly follow Jesus. Many of them have never even thought about Jesus. There is a great need in Montpellier for people to experience God's love, forgiveness and hope. The answer they are searching for is Jesus. But they need someone to tell them about Him.
We seek to reach college students with the message of Christ, trusting that they will have a powerful influence in the lives of the people around them for the rest of their lives. We also ask with faith that God will raise up laborers from amongst these college students to go to the world with the message of Christ. Some of the things we are doing to reach students for Christ include meeting students on campus, sitting down and having a conversation with them; hosting a weekly English Club on campus to meet students; hosting a bi-weekly discussion night for students to discuss current events with questions that will lead into spiritual conversations; regular outreaches to the homeless in Montpellier. We will also host bigger outreach events such as a Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas outreach, a short films outreach and a Valentine's Day event.
There are also a group of 20 French believers (4 who came to Christ though the ministry) who are involved in the Agape movement here, attending regular large group worship/teaching meetings and small group Bible studies. This year we are hoping to see them also share their faith with other students. We also have events such a Fall Retreat with Agape students in Toulouse in November; Camp de Nouvel An, a conference in December will all Agape students in France; and summer mission trip opportunities for students.
One of the key components to our ministry here is having people partner with us through what God is doing in the lives of students in Montpellier. We would like to invite you to partner with us by praying for this ministry and for God to work in big ways here. We would also like to invite you to partner with us by supporting the ministry here with a financial gift.
If you have any questions or would like to receive regular updates and prayer requests, please contact Jeanette Rice. You can also check out the local website www.agapemontpellier.com