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The French Evangelist Who Wouldn't Retire

An elderly Frenchman never accepted the notion that he should retire and live for leisure and entertainment. Living in a housing project in Marseille, France, he preferred meeting with his neighbors and talking to them about God’s love in Jesus Christ. He was also a tireless prayer warrior. Even long-term hospitalization last year did not deter him. After his release from the hospital, he needed to move into a nursing home because of his health, yet his work as an evangelist continued. At the facility, he met many new people who did not know God and now one of his new friends comes to our MTW church plant as a result of his faithful outreach.

The French evangelist was recently hospitalized again after a stroke. Our missionaries are thankful that even as his body slows down, he continues to rejoice in the love of Christ, and that the church is able to continue to disciple his new friend in her faith.

Thank you for supporting missions around the world. It’s truly a team effort between those who evangelize, those who disciple, and those who give.  

in Marseille Toulouse France on Jul 12, 2016

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