“The God who made the world and everything in it ... made every nation of men ... And He determined the times ... and the exact places where they should live ... so that men would ... seek him and find him.” —The Apostle Paul, Acts 17:24–27
In 2011, a team of eight young adults from Wheaton Bible Church moved to France to live among and reach out with the love of Christ to the large immigrant population in that nation.
In the cities of France, people groups such as North African Muslims often live in segregation, lacking educational and economic opportunity and experiencing marginalization and poverty. At the same time, in Europe they have wider spiritual opportunity and the freedom to interact with Christ-followers, to receive and consider the Scriptures, and to hear and respond to the Gospel. The team’s three-year commitment launched our church-wide MOVE Initiative, which invites Wheaton Bible Church (WBC) members to serve among the unreached immigrants of Europe.
WBC now has MOVE team members in France, Spain, and the U.K. Collectively, they have:
- Facilitated creative outreaches
- Trained scores of nationals in relational outreach
- Hosted dozens of short-term teams
- Engaged in thousands of spiritual conversations
- Launched holistic efforts such as language classes and micro-enterprise training to empower immigrants
- Seen dozens of immigrants experience new life in Christ
At the same time, WBC members seek to welcome immigrants and refugees to our community and church—working in tandem with such local partners as World Relief, South Asian Friendship Center, and Salam Arabic Fellowship.
For more information about WBC’s MOVE Initiative in Europe, contact Bill Oberlin at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Regarding refugee resettlement and outreach ministries through our church, contact Chris McElwee at: email@example.com.