Rachel Vaughan reports in her role as fundraiser for this IBN project
Those familiar with France Mission and its heart for church planting will know how the evangelical church in France is growing. In the last few decades, the evangelical church in France has doubled. There are currently over 600,000 believers attending churches throughout France, and a new church is planted every ten days! This wonderful growth means there is an increasing need to train church leaders,particularly as around half of the pastors currently in ministry are due to retire over the next ten years. However, training institutions are unable to keep pace with this growth.
For this reason, the Institut Biblique de Nogent-sur-Marne is about to build a new accommodation block,to increase student capacity and thus be able to train more leaders, to meet the needs of the growing evangelical church. The idea was conceived back in 2014; in 2017 the final plans were agreed and fundraising began in earnest.From the outset, we’ve seen God at work in this project: in 2018, the town council granted planning permission and no-one has opposed the plans; in 2019 an apartment that had been donated for the project was sold for over €300,000,and many individuals and churches have supported the project. The Institute is grateful for the support from overseas foundations (they have received €200,000 in grants), and particularly for France Mission who, in addition to agreeing to be the UK fiscal sponsor, have also provided financial support for the project.
We praise God that we have now raised €1,100,000 for a target of €1,210,000. God willing, the building work will start before the summer.
We would really appreciate your prayers for this project, for God to provide the remaining funds, and for the architect and building companies to finalise plans quickly so that work can begin. More details can be found here.