Our heart is to see God redeem, revive, renew, rest
Jesus Christ by His Holy Spirit through His sent servant(s) in GRA Mission Squad GLOBAL, is restoring the first love of His bride among the community of Francophone nations.
We envisioned increasing numbers of people among Francophone nations encountering God through the work of the Holy Spirit and witness of local “Jesus Christ-centered churches.”
Our mission among Francophone nations beginning from France is to plant fruitful and multiplying churches, by focusing on prayer, intercession, rugged evangelism, and discipleship.
We engage in church plants, church growth, spiritual and holistic development of church leaders among Francophone nation Churches. We provide targeted, strategic support to help the French speaking Churches move closer to achieving these goals.
Thankfully to God, there is a slow but steady growth of French-speaking churches in France in recent decades, but more could still be achieved.
Historically, France is a nation of 66,000,000 people and it’s known for its beauty, history, and culture. But presently France is in a deluge of spiritual darkness as both the occult and Freemasonry have a great influence on the nation. Interestingly, More than 5 million Muslims live in France, making the Muslim community 10 times the size of the evangelical community.
The spiritual history of France is an interesting one. After the Reformation in 1517, a thriving Protestant community grew up, totaling at one point almost 40 percent of the population. Fervent people called Huguenots spread revival throughout the country. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the Protestants endured great persecution. In 1685, King Louis XIV outlawed Protestantism altogether and required members to rejoin the Catholic Church or be killed. Several hundred thousand Protestants fled France to gain religious freedom.
The few Protestants left in France had no pastors and were forced to meet in forests or ravines at the risk of death. The abuses were so bad that by the early 18th century, the Reformed Church of France totally rejected any manifestations of the Holy Spirit and adopted much of the rationalistic ideology espoused by Voltaire.
Add to the list of historical influences the French Revolution of 1789, the reign of Napoleon and two bloody world wars have all shaped the nation of France today. In this post-Christian culture, less than 1% of people identify as Christians and only 13% believe that any religion affects their lives. In the early 1970s, there were only 150,000 evangelical Christians in France and finding one of their churches was often a major challenge! But by intercessory prayers, God has brought wonderful growth to the church in France in recent years. There are now 650,000 believers in France (nearly 1% of the population) and 2,440 churches.
The salvation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is greatly needed in France and it is NOW. The truth of the Gospel is bound to overcome every cultural barrier and lead generations of French people to our Lord Jesus Christ. This is our call as a missionary organization and if it’s also yours, then we can join forces together to establish the glorious Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ in the nation of France.
Because of the colonial past of several Francophone nations characterized by a low vitality of Protestantism in France and Belgium (the colonizing countries), French-speaking African countries were often regarded as the “poor man” of the evangelical world. Missiologically, because this part of the world is culturally difficult and little-known by the evangelical world (which is dominated by the American and Anglo-Saxon culture), French-speaking Africa has often been neglected.
Among Francophone nations today many still hold true to traditional beliefs. To the north, former French colonies including Niger, Mali, and Mauritania are predominantly Muslim.
French-speaking African countries during these last decades have been through times of unprecedented violence. Almost every French-speaking country in the sub-Sahara has experienced a political and/or military crisis causing displacement of populations and deaths amounting sometimes to thousands, as in Rwanda and in D.R. Congo. There has also been a great expansion of Islam as well as a resurgence of the African traditional religions.
Our God in his sovereignty has often used war to facilitate the propagation of the gospel through refugees and migrants and to accelerate the missionary movement. French-speaking African countries are gradually becoming a provider of missionaries to other parts of the continent and to the rest of the world.
Today, the future of the Church in the French-speaking world depends mainly upon the French-speaking churches of Africa, which are becoming strong and expressing a remarkable vitality. These churches must resolutely take on the challenge of the evangelization of the French-speaking countries in the rest of the world which are often very secularized and difficult to evangelize.
They must continue to be aware of their missionary responsibility both toward other French-speaking countries in the world and also the francophone culture which is often not understood by non-French-speaking people.
Among French-Canadians in Quebec alone, the church has experienced an attendance surge. This is among a demographic of evangelicals long considered the largest unreached people group in North America. Of the nearly 6 million French-speaking Québécois, fewer than one percent consider themselves evangelical Christians. More than 1,000 communities in the province have no evangelical churches. These numbers are drastic even by national standards, as 5-7 percent of the total Canadian population claim evangelical beliefs. Quebec is the only predominately French-speaking province, and most Québécois see themselves as a distinct people group with a unique cultural identity.
God is stirring GRA Mission Squad GLOBAL to fulfill this great commission. GRA Mission Squad GLOBAL Francophone nation churches are very well positioned into a battle ready and mighty harvest mode. We are poised to move together in unity with other existing Churches as we are already fired up by the Holy Spirit to evangelism and missions. We are also preparing the new and next-generation of leaders by cultivating in them a spirit of unity and sacrifice for the gospel, and a true missionary spirit.
If you’re interested in helping to reach the French-speaking world with the Gospel, GRA Mission Squad GLOBAL is the place to start. If God has given you a love for the French culture then there is probably a reason. Our goal is to pair the right people with the right mission. There are many French speaking people who are waiting to hear the true Gospel message in a way that they can understand.
“Allez faites de toutes les nations des disciples…”
-Jesus Christ, Matthieu 28:19
Did you know that in 29 countries, French is the official language and that there are French-speakers in over 75 countries in every region of the world? These millions of souls need to be reached with the best news the world has ever gotten and that is the gospel of the Kingdom of God! We want to leave the 99 sheep to go find the one, just as Jesus did. We want to glorify God even if it’s reaching one lonely soul at a time. We love the Francophone nation and are dedicated to helping them find their way!