Last week our team in Paris hosted an internship for some German bible school students. We have participated in internships before and were excited to do so again. This time was a little different in that we were their main hosts and our project was their main focus. They got a glimpse of one other project south of Paris but every other day we got to be together for trainings, meals, prayer & devotions, and outreach. They got to experience “simple church” with us one Sunday morning (what it looks like when you’re just a handful of people in someone’s living room). And they got to meet many other teammates from the larger team in France at an informal “Apéro”, getting a bigger picture of the different ministries and projects.
We wanted them to really experience ministry in our part of the city. So each afternoon we sent them out.
- One day, they used their maps to explore the area praying as they went.
- The next afternoon, they had some $$ and were told to be creative, go and bless people with it. This project was a challenge as they saw how suspicious people are of accepting anything from a stranger, even if it’s a good thing.
- The other two days together we went out, gathering information through doing surveys and passing out invitations to an event on Friday night called “Apéro Théo.” It was the first time we hosted such an event and we learned some valuable lessons (which we suspected), people in Paris are not likely to come to an event (especially a religious one) if they don’t know someone who’s there. But it really was a good experience for all of us, getting a more accurate reading on the spiritual pulse (of lack there of) in our neighborhood. And we all gained more confidence in approaching and talking to people.
We are so thankful to have had the chance to spend a week with these students. They were a great team and it was a real privilege to invest in one another’s lives and love the people of Paris together.