In six days, seven individuals went to six towns, covering 1,500 km (about 930 mi) after deciding to put their faith into practice and rely on God for their day-to-day needs while they served Him during OM France’s Retro-Extreme outreach, from 11-16 September.
When we began planning this outreach, I had two goals: serve the local church in two of the most spiritually-deprived areas of France and give Europeans the chance to put their faith into action by taking part in an outreach where they rely on God for food and accommodation.
I was expecting to sleep under the stars, eat stale bread and wash in the river. Instead we had mattresses every night, so much food we were still eating it three days later, and there wasn’t one night without a shower! God showed me that He truly is the God of all resources and when we put our faith in Him he will supply our every need, over and above our expectations. Amazingly, all our expenses were met and we were left in credit!
It was an honour and a privilege to be a part of God moving in the lives of people we met: encouraging the local churches, reading Bible verses during surveys, challenging hitchhikers, sharing coffee with and explaining the gospel to the homeless, singing in markets, doing practical DIY work and even collecting potatoes! And God prepared this all in advance – how good He is!
OM France’s Retro-Extreme outreach will take place again from 24 August – 1 September 2013. Don’t miss out! For more information, click here.
Paul Dixon has organised OM France’s short-term outreaches since 2010. He is closing in on his goal of setting up one outreach for each month of the year!