Pastoral couple Olivier & Julie Toledo provide an update
Since 2020, France Mission has been helping to support the Toledos as they work with three Perspectives churches in the Somme area of north-eastern France.
We really enjoy working in the Somme and are grateful for the opportunity to work with the Perspectives churches in Amiens, Abbeville, and Albert. Although the pandemic has certainly brought challenges, the churches have continued offering regular services and fellowship, whether in-person or online.
Since we arrived 18 months ago, here are some of the areas in which the Lord has enabled us to make progress:
· Creation of a youth group for 15 teenagers
· Pooling of resources for youth & children’s workers across the 3 churches
· Creation of a preachers’ group to support one another in teaching ministry
· Regular training events across the 3 churches
· Overseas mission support for a pastor in Burkina Faso
Looking ahead, we’re excited about the possibility of welcoming an intern from September 2021. This will be a joint venture between three partners all based in Amiens: the Perspectives church, a Christian organisation called FEU (Foyer Évangélique Universitaire) that works with university students (amiens.lefeu.org), and Equithéo – a Christian bookshop that also stocks Fairtrade products (@Equitheolibrairiecommerce on Facebook).
The internship would be a one-year post offering experience with all three participating organisations and is open to single Christian applicants of either sex keen to work in a team and with good interpersonal,organisational, and IT skills. There is the possibility of financial help and also low-cost accommodation. If you know of anyone who might be interested, do please pass them our details.
Thank you very much for your support and please pray for ongoing fruit from the ministry throughout 2021, remembering Jesus’ words in John 15.5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”