The APC church “Essen’Ciel” has been present in Lens since the early 2000s. This city of about 31,000 people is located in the heart of an old mining basin in Northern France with a population of 350,000. Since the closure of the mines decades ago, the region has suffered many problems, including unemployment, alcoholism and suicide. On a spiritual level, the population is represented by a majority of atheists nd agnostics; additionally, Islam is on the rise. The Christian witness is still not very visible.
It has been several years since God gracefully allowed us to have a facility in the very center of Lens. Our heart has been to use it to develop the local church body and have them participate in making the Gospel known throughout the city. The church has been growing and we have had the joy to see souls turning to Jesus.
*2022 Project & Goals*
Our vision is to develop a dedicated space for discipleship training. On the upper floor we envision a living quarters for younger people collaborating with us in pastoral or missionary internships, or even the 1-year disciple training program PASS which is offered by France Pour Christ.
To do this we would like to build a kitchen, two bedrooms, and space to both work and relax in, in order to welcome 3-4 youths as early as September 2022. We estimate 3,000€ in work costs.
Additionally, we aim to increase our building capacity from 50 to 100 people. As such, we need to replace the main entrance door which is currently too narrow. We estimate this part of the project at 5,000€ and hope to complete it by the end of 2022.
Together, the total financial needs are 8,000€. Would you consider partnering with us in this project?
We are grateful for your faithful prayer and financial support to help us advance God’s kingdom in Lens and the surrounding areas!
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