Three simple reasons…
Despite its Christian roots, today, France is 30% atheist.
Yet, we know that:
- France has a divine calling.
- France has great influence in the EU and around the world.
- France has a deep reach into French-speaking cultures.
A Nation Called by God
From its very beginning, God had a special calling for France.
In 496, Clovis I became the first French King to convert to Christianity. This was a significant event that changed the entire course of the French nation. The full story of his conversion is recounted by Gregory of Tours (539-594) in his work History of the Franks.
According to the book The Christian Trumpet by Gaudentius Rossi (1817-1891), St. Remigius gave this prophecy to Clovis on the day of his baptism:
“…the Kingdom of France is predestined by God for the defense of the Roman Church, which is the only true Church of Christ. This kingdom shall one day be great among the kingdoms of the earth, and shall embrace all the limits of the Roman Empire, and shall submit all other kingdoms to its own scepter. It shall last until the end of time. It shall be victorious and prosperous as long as it will remain faithful to the Holy Roman See, and will not be guilty of those crimes which ruin nations; but it shall be rudely punished every time that it will become unfaithful to its vocation.”
We believe that God’s calling on France is to defend the true Church of Christ – all those who call on the name of the Lord and have given their lives to him – whether through the more outspoken Evangelical movements or through other Protestant and Catholic works.
Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is in France, we desire to support it.
A Nation of Influence.
France is the largest country in Western Europe and the third-largest in Europe as a whole. It possesses the second-largest exclusive economic zone in the world, just behind that of the United States.
In fact, it is one of the world’s most developed countries (#8 on the HDI Index) and possesses the world’s fifth largest economy as measured by GDP, the ninth-largest economy as measured by purchasing power parity and is Europe’s second largest economy as measured by nominal GDP.
Additionally, France has earned prestige around the world for its contributions in art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine and cinema, playing a central role in the development of Western Civilization.
Indeed, over the past 500 years, France has been a major power with strong cultural, economic, military and political influence in Europe and around the world.
A Nation with Reach.
France is the most visited country in the world, receiving 82 million foreign tourists annually.
French is spoken by nearly 200 million people in more than 43 countries on five continents and, along with English, is the official working language of the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Labor Bureau, the International Olympic Committee, the 31-member Council of Europe, the European Community, the Universal Postal Union, the International Red Cross, Union of International Associations (UIA). French is the dominant working language at the European Court of Justice, the European Tribunal of First Instance, and the Press Room at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.
Because of its colonial influence, French is spoken by a significant number of the countries in the Arab League which comprises almost 350 million people – most of which are Muslim.
Additionally, France has received tens of millions of immigrants from around the world. Many of the nationalities represented come from closed and hard-to-reach people groups. This provides on-going and high-impact opportunities to share the Gospel with residents and visitors who will then return to their home countries and evangelize their friends and neighbors.