AIMKids Missionary Moments are designed to be a resource for Sunday School Teachers / Youth leaders, to help kids relate to the life of an MK (Missionary Kid). They’re intentionally short because we know you already have a lot of material to cover.
Everything in one “little” country
Most of us in North America would consider France to be a very small country size-wise. In fact, Texas is 1.26 times the size of France. Yes… you heard correctly, this country is smaller than the state of Texas. For those of us in Canada, it might be better to say that the province of Quebec is roughly 3x the size of France. So for us then, it’s considered a small country although in Europe, it is one of the largest.
One of the nice things about France though, is that, for such a “small” country, it has a very diverse landscape and climate.
- Along the southern coast (the Côte d’Azur) it is sunny and warm all the time… like Florida or California.
- In the south-eastern part of the country are the French Alps, rugged mountains that are great for skiing… like the Rockies in Colorado or Alberta… where you can get snow and very cool temperatures.
- In parts of central France and to the north there is incredibly rich farm land where much corn, wheat and sunflowers are produced, similar to the Canadian plains or the American mid-west.
- Along the north-western coast (Normandy), the coastline is similar to what you might find in the State of Maine or Atlantic Canada.
- In other parts of central France you can find lower, rolling mountains like those in the Appalachian mountains of the eastern US and up into Quebec.
All of that variety in a “small” country… it’s pretty incredible really.
For us in North America it’s hard to imagine isn’t it?
Yet it’s all there… just the way God created it.
– If you like tropical beaches… they’re there.
– If you like mountains… they’re there.
– If you like empty plains or big cities… they’re there.
Everyone can find something that they like in France.
You know that God wants each one of us to be just like France in a certain way. Listen to what the apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:20-22:
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak…
I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
That is Jesus’ top priority… that we would teach someone to know Him.
Pray that we (you in your church and us in France) become a little bit more like the country of France:
- That everyone we come in contact with might find something in us that will make them think more about God than they did before they met us.
- That we might become like Paul… we can be kind to everyone, whether they’re like us or not, so that they will want to know Jesus.
- If your students have specific questions, please don’t hesitate to email us and we’d be happy to respond specifically.
- Please let your kids know that by praying for us regularly, THEY TOO are part of taking Jesus’ love to France… they’re part of missions!
Note: The maps graphics are from the site OverlapMaps.com