It’s always a toss-up. For the French, it’s considered the National Youth Convention. Because it meets a need on a broader European level and typically attracts young people from our churches all around western Europe, it’s also known as, informally, as the European Youth Convention.
It too was impacted by the national lockdown, but thanks to technology… it was also a highlight of our weekend.
If you’ve followed the blog for any amount of time, you know that November is Youth Convention month. We typically find ourselves trucking up to Melun, in the greater Paris area, for 2 days of services with 800-1,000 other apostolic youth. Physically it’s a tiring two days, between transportation and services, but it’s always refreshing spiritually as well.
Convention in Lockdown…
This year we did’t have the travel to worry about… Youth Convention came right into our living room.
Oh sure, the atmosphere is different in that you’re not surrounded by 800+ other young people with the music blaring & the preaching thundering. This year it came through the laptop bluetooth speaker thanks broadcast via the Youth Department’s YouTube channel.
Chad Flowers, of Dallas Texas was the guest speaker and spoke live across the time zones. He was interpreted by Olivier Wojciechowski, who was an integral part of the Melun church before moving to Dallas several years ago. It was good to see his face & hear his voice again.
Thankful for Technology…
Not only has technology allowed:
– for Sophie to do university classes from home,
– for Liz to be part of a Canadian-based translation team,
– for the boys to do school from home during the Spring,
– for me to be able to teach school from home, and
– for us to be able to have a ministerial presence with the local church…
This weekend, it allowed us to be connected with the rest of the church in France.
Not only that, but because they shared connection info on their Instagram feeds / stories, the kids have had several of their friends watch services, in several cases have opened the door for conversations, and in one case, opened the door for a Bible study.
Technology has its less than ideal side, but it for sure has its strengths as well. Paul didn’t express it explicitly – he couldn’t have – but I think the principle he does express can be extrapolated to apply to technolgy.
“…To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.
1 Corinthians 9.22
Technology has its place so that by this means, among the others, we can share the love of the Lord.
As always, let what you read inform your prayers for us and for France.
Pray for the opportunities that have arisen & the seeds planted.
God bless you today!