By Joe Schlie, Agape City Coordinator in Paris
The Paris metro system is amazing! With more than 14 lines just in central Paris along with suburban trains beyond, the vast network works its way to every corner of the city. The metro is the second most used system in Europe, with more than 4 million riders per day. There is a station less than a 7-minute walk from anywhere in the city.
Just as the metro extends across Paris, we pray and dream that we would see multiplying churches, communities of faith and service, prayer groups, Bible Studies and student ministries all around the city. As Agape Paris, we are playing our role in the completion of this dream, partnering with life-giving churches and raising leaders throughout the city. In the same way that there is a metro station accessible to each Parisian, we pray that there would be a community of faith within walking distance for every Parisian.
God has incredibly blessed the Church in France and in Paris, that we will be a blessing to the nations (Psalm 67). We see that God has uniquely created the French people, and has given them a specific contribution to building movements around the world. We trust that the city of light will be a light to the world!
Agape Paris regularly gathers together those who lead the 10 expressions of Agape in the city. These volunteer and staff leaders met together last Tuesday to encourage continued synergy and collaboration all around the city. From campus, to the arts, to young professionals, sports and humanitarian work, we are praying for the city of light to be a light to the world.
Photos by Didier Helson
"Paris is like a magic sword in a fairy tale — a shining power in those hands to which it rightly belongs, in other hands tinsel and lead. Whenever the City of Light changes hands, Western Civilization shifts its political balance. So it has been for seven centuries; so it was in 1940; so it was last week." — as seen in LIFE Magazine after the French capital was liberated in August 1944.
Fade in. Our scene opens on a group of people looking out over a city at dawn, silhouetted by the morning light. The group - normal people, given unique abilities and new eyes with which to see the world. The city - their own. They have been charged to take the city for the Kingdom of God. Alone, they saw many problems. Together, with hope and purpose, they can change their world.
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