Blaine Vorster is the pastor of the International Church of Grenoble in France. Their church is a very fluid community with people often moving and moving out of town as students and travelers. They are also very diverse with have a lot of expertise in reaching internationals with the gospel.
After praying for France and the name Grenoble jumped off the map. They started to pray for them long before they were approached by a church in Grenoble to be the pastors.
In France, it is possible to study your postgraduate courses in English. This means they see people from every corner of the globe. Grenoble has just over 50,000 students in the city, of which 7,000 are international.
"We didn't set out specifically to target internationals but we find that's the most effective place in sharing the gospel.
We often say English is not our target group, but English is our strategy." - Blaine
In France, the population is only 1.6% evangelical Christian so most people have not met another Christian before.
Blaine shared one of their strategies to reach foreign-born students is to have meals regularly as a congregation. "They're coming for food, but they're finding love and they finding acceptance. And it really feels like a family, which is really what I think we're supposed to be as the church."
"We have been made richer by the ability to have people from all over the globe as a part of our church."
Blaine talks about the great strategic advantage of having people come into their church for 1-3 years before returning home to spread the gospel in their home country.
Blaine encourages church leaders to "cross the road" to meet and start relationships with those that look and act differently than you. It can be that simple. Asking them where they are from and learning to greet them in their native language and inviting them to share a meal.
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