Remote villages and mud huts with no electricity or running water may be what comes to mind when you think about how missionaries live. That might still be true for a few, but for most missionaries today, high-rise apartments, good internet connections, smartphones and access to modern shopping centres are the norm. Over our next couple of articles two families share a little of their lives.
Missionary Life #1 Another Day in France
Jack and Lisa live in the east of France with their son. Jack has a heart for university students and Lisa for refugees and migrants. They live in a small city where 25% are ethnically North African and M by faith. Their dream is to see small groups from that religious background following Jesus and meeting to read scripture.
It’s 3.45 pm and Lisa has been out half the day visiting her Afghan friend.
‘We drink tea and eat and talk of children and God. It’s nearly time to pick up our six-year-old from school. A normal event in many parents’ days, but this will be the fourth school run of the day as he comes home for a two-hour lunch break. We live on the 2nd floor of an older style apartment building in a Turkish neighbourhood close to town; no garden and not even a balcony.
I take out my bike from the basement. The ride through the old streets of town only takes five minutes, dodging people along the way. After picking him up we go to the local playground so he can run off some energy before the sun sets. If we’re lucky his best friend, a Senegalese boy, will be there too.’
Tonight Jack is helping run ‘I love English’.
‘We meet university students in a café in town. Generally they’re a
mix of French and North African students. I’ve built up good
relationships with some, and afterwards we go for a drink. There have
been a few chances to share my testimony with them. With M students we
talk more intimately about our faith.
One well-educated Moroccan girl we have been meeting with told me, “Since I met you a year ago, I have seen there is something different about you - something spiritual.” She is one of at least six million North Africans in France who have no idea of what it means to be a Christian. They need our prayers and our friendship and they need to see Jesus in us.’