The following is a description of a ministry project of Impact France in collaboration with MENA.
Élisée joined MENA in September 2023 to serve 4 days a week at the community café “Platform 67”, in his hometown of Strasbourg, France. A software developer by trade, Élisée chose to pursue full-time ministry after volunteering with the team over the past two years to teach French and invest in the lives of refugees and immigrants living in Strasbourg. Élisée’s goal is to live out the gospel, to welcome, love, listen to, and befriend refugees in the diverse neighborhood around Strasbourg’s central train station.
The Platform 67 is a community center and café supported by a local body of evangelical believers at the Train Station Church of Strasbourg. In addition to serving excellent coffee and providing job experience for refugees seeking employment, the center offers weekly French classes to more than 150 students from 30 different countries every trimester, as well as workshops, administrative aid and, most importantly, one-on-one relationships and discipleship for those who are in need of Christian community. Élisée and his wife are also invested in the connected Train Station Church and co-lead a weekly small group.
Élisée plays a vital role in the Platform 67 team. Whether it’s through teaching French, through his growing barista skills, through administrative management or the many relationships he invests in along the way, Élisée’s prayer is that his life and ministry will shine the Light of Christ brightly to his neighbors from around the world in Strasbourg.
Please pray about supporting Élisée as he raises funds to establish his ministry to refugees in France.
“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?” Isaiah 58:6-7
Impact France is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 20-30-98434). As such, all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law and by making a donation you acknowledge that Impact France has complete discretion and control over all funds given. Furthermore, you authorize Impact France to share your contact information with project leaders for the purposes of communication and stewardship. If you do not wish for project leader(s) to receive your contact information, please go to www.impactfrance.org/give and in the comments box, include a note stating “Anonymous Gift for MENA – Élisée M.”.
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