Missionaries Jonathan & Rachel Vaughan report on settling into Paris-Cardinet
“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:4)
From the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, we’ve been praying that God would use the situation to open blind eyes. We’re currently studying 2 Corinthians in our online midweek Bible studies and are reminded that this is indeed a spiritual battle, and we must persevere in prayer.
We’ve been encouraged that we’ve had several visitors connect to our services, held via video conference, particularly on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. A new Christian and two other seekers have also participated in Bible studies. Like many churches, attendance at midweek meetings has doubled since we went online; we’ve also started a Friday prayer meeting on Zoom.
We’re grateful for the two months we enjoyed at Paris-Cardinet before lockdown, including several church lunches, during which we began building relationships with church members. We’ve tried to maintain these over the phone during lockdown. We’re pleased that Mika, Dina,and Tim have joined the church council and also volunteered to help Rachel with Sunday school. Please pray for them as they teach the children the book of Revelation, over Zoom!
One major challenge of the pandemic has been witnessing to non-Christians and, particularly, witnessing to the local community in the 17th arrondissement where the church is located. We’d planned to hold an induction service for Jonathan in June, with the mayor and other local officials,but this has had to be postponed. The baptism service planned for March was similarly postponed. Please pray for us as we adjust to the constantly-changing situation, to know how and when to restart services, whether to hold them outdoors (to avoid wearing masks), and how to make the most of online resources and activities to reach the thousands of non-Christians in our community.
But pray most of all, that God would lift the “veil” of their hearts (2 Cor. 4:3) and lead them to Christ.