How many loaves do you have?

Breaking bread

In the second feeding story in Mark 8:1-10, Jesus is no more  speaking to a Jewish crowd, a nation without shepherd, but to a crowd of pagan people looking for him and Jesus has compassion:

‘I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.’His disciples answered, ‘But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?’ ‘How many loaves do you have?’ Jesus asked. ‘Seven,’ they replied.

After a year in this secular place, I have an increasing feeling of the existence  of an ” hungry crowd” out there ,  but the church can have empty hands, having few or nothing to offer to them.

September is one of the busiest months of the year in France, the month when everyone is back and making decisions for the whole year. It is probably the equivalent of December in the UK

Summer has been used for being ready for September, having projects and activities to share with people from the surrounding area.

After some up and down, a full program is now ready :

  • Mid-week catechism for children
  • Mid-week connect group for adults
  • Our now monthly “cafe and fellowship” on the Saturday evening
  • English club for adults
  • One full month about racism and civil rights with the projection of a movie followed by a discussion (21st of September), an exhibition about Martin Luther King (28th to 30th of September) and a conference about his life (19th of October)

All that has been possible thanks to a network of relationships I slowly built during this first year and which starts to bear fruits

This network of relationships is also helping me for welcoming the Action Team in October

I have at least my 7 loaves to share, and now recruiting volunteers to distribute them, hoping and praying for multiplication of loaves, volunteers and hungry people.

In France, Paris areas, you can feel lonely : lonely as a Christian and lonely as a female pastor but time to time God puts on my way some amazing people. They are like post-signs on the journey, helping me to keep track. Last week I met a person with a very interesting testimony, a person who encountered God in a non-expected place. This person went then to our church service, a first experience, and I do hope that we will be able to help.

Our small church is growing slowly, but more she starts to make some impact, she starts to shine. It is a very fragile flame and we need all the power of your prayers: so please breath upon us strength, peace, wisdom and joy and pray that many people may join our projects and activities during September.