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April, 2019

When I began studying French seven years ago, I could not have imagined how God would use this love and knowledge in a ministry context. In March 2019, I travelled to France for the second time with five other Moody Bible Institute students. We were in Europe for two weeks, passing the first week in Belgium and the second in Lille, France.



In Belgium, we met British missionary Pete, who introduced us to several believers in the area and taught us about many of the challenges, needs, and opportunities to minister in Belgium and/or France. We spoke, for instance, with Valérie, a French woman who regularly leads Bible studies in her home and disciples other women.


During our time in Lille, France, we partnered with le FEU, a college ministry. We did practical work projects such as painting, window washing, and cooking. We also participated in some of their weekly events, including Sunday night meal, morning prayer, and Alpha (a course for new believers or people curious about Christianity).



I am deeply grateful for this experience, which has confirmed my calling and intention to pursue full-time ministry in France. I enjoyed several conversations with native French speakers and witnessed many French people passionate about the Gospel. At the same time, it is clear that France today is deeply secular and many (probably the majority) have never heard the Good News of Jesus.


Being back to school and work in Chicago, I am reminded of why I am here. I have always loved France and the French language. It amazes me how many opportunities God has given me to glorify him through that. My plan is to continue my studies at Moody and use French whenever I can. Some tangible examples include being involved with the French Alliance of Chicago and doing an internship in France next spring.

Rachel Larsen