It has often been said here that there is Paris and then the rest of France. Travel five hours south of the capital and you will arrive in one of the most beautiful yet least evangelized regions in the country. Outside of a sound Brethren church and an Assembly of God church 40 minutes away from our house, any other gospel presence would require a 1-2 hours drive from us. To our knowledge, our town has never had a Bible-believing and teaching church.
When we moved here several years ago, we underestimated this reality. We began getting involved in our local community and as we have developed various friendships and relationships, the more it has been impressed upon our hearts the need to do what we can to establish a visible gospel presence in this area.
With the local contacts that we have, both believers and seekers, we are in the early stages of starting up an informal gathering to introduce people (both adults and children) to the Bible. Our target group is not Christians, but rather those who have never really had much any opportunity to learn about the gospel that is so clearly communicated through the pages of Scripture. We recently secured facilities downtown right on the main avenue and have been able to occupy them since June 2016. We have a strong conviction and passion to begin a word-centered (Bible) and mission-centered (outward people focus) visible local church community where we passionately live out the realities of the gospel in every day life.