Toulouse 圖盧茲

In February and September 2014, we sent two short-term mission teams to Toulouse to partner the local missionaries and Chinese Christian group. The aim is to outreach to the Mandarin speaking university students. Toulouse is the 3rd biggest university town in France.
Toulouse Team Feb 2014

Toulouse Team Feb 2014

Toulouse Team Sept 2014

Toulouse Team Sept 2014

STM trips testimonies

  • 徐洁 —- Love is Fellowship

    短短三天, 在我信仰的旅途中畫上了3個第一次:第一次參加短宣,第一次公開做見證,第一次表演舞台劇。而想像中的奔波勞累在神的恩典中蕩然無存,腦中留下的只有美好,心中感受到的盡是喜樂。被宣教士全然擺上自己為神做工的精神感動,被圖盧茲弟兄姐妹那單純相信和跟隨神的信心鼓舞,也被當地留學生的熱情環繞。雖然只有三天,卻覺得認識他們好像已經很久,總覺得大家都有分享不完的話。

    6名短宣隊員在馮牧師的帶領下,第一天接觸中國留學生是去參加每週五晚在美國宣教士夫婦Tome和Frances家的查經聚會。非常感恩很快就和學生們打成一片,然而這背後卻是上帝的手奇妙地在做工。我們在英國的弟兄Kevin剛被他公司短期派到圖盧茲工作,他比我們先到數週,所以無意間這座重要的溝通橋樑就搭建了。在我們交談間,Frances為大家準備了宵夜,當時的氛圍讓身,心和靈都得到了滿足。而這種體會持續在短宣的後兩天行程中。

    當聽到Tome真實地分享自己最初在澳門宣教時如何經歷神,而神也在他最無助徬徨時如何用環境和經文堅固他,也看到Frances一直都默默地在活動中侍奉大家,而在她身上更看到那溫柔和謙卑的身影。所以,看到這對夫婦互相扶持共同用生命服侍上帝的見證非常鼓舞我。而另兩位香港姐妹Loretta和Phoenix,因為上帝的呼招而離開原本舒適的生活圈,來到圖盧茲面對一個全新的挑戰,最直接的就是國語和法語的雙重語言挑戰,這也鼓勵我省察自己在倫敦的環境是神多大的恩典。同時,在各個與學生接觸的機會中,我都可以體會到Loretta和Phoenix周密的安排。

    星期六的佈道會則是這次短宣的一個非常重要的環節。那一天,當我看到屋外風雨交加時我暗自想:學生們會不會因為天氣而不來參加了?而且我們藉用的法國人教會好像離他們也不近。當時就听到心裡有個聲音對我說:「你這個小信的人哪!」所以,晚上當看到這兩天所接觸的朋友們都出現在會場,我握到他們凍得冰涼的手時,心裡有無限的感動。同時也感受到當地團隊背後所付出的以至於建立了今天與那些學生的關係。更讓小信的我看到神在做工,我們只是與他同工。

    當天,也是我第一次要做見證和表演舞台劇,前者由於我以往培訓師的工作經驗,所以我並不緊張,但要把6年信主的心路歷程在5分鐘裡講完確是不小的壓力。感恩一切順利。表演舞台劇卻一直是我非常抗拒的,但這次每人都有不同的分工我也無法推卻。我就一直在禱告。演出時內心卻出奇的平安,完全沒有緊張和擔憂。雖然並不完美,但總算畫了圓滿的句號。感謝神讓我知道,原來我可以。因為「我靠著那加給我力量的,凡事都能作」(腓立比書4:13),這是上帝在我到英國時給我的應許。

    這次短宣讓我享受了與神同工的美好,以及在神裡面短宣隊員之間,以及與當地弟兄姐妹的合一。而馮牧師超有效率的工作風格也讓我見識到教會領袖神所賜的管理天賦。但美中不足的是,3天時間太短以至於我們與當地的弟兄姐妹無法有更多的時間交流。但如果要用一句話來形容這次短宣,我毫不猶豫的會說這是一次身,心,靈的饕餮盛宴,但我也知道那是神何等大的恩典,讓我的第一次短宣有一個近乎100分的回憶。

  • Judy Kaan —- An eye opener

    I started to learn more about missionary work and hear about short-term missions when I joined CCiL in the year 2008. Each October we have a mission conference, where we listened to what mission means to Christians and sharing from many missionaries about their work. The Mission Concern Team also arranges missionaries or brothers and sisters who have been on short-term missions to share their experience during Sunday services. While we are unsure of how God wants to use us with our skills and experience, my husband, Tim, and myself have been praying to God to show us how He wants to use us to serve Him. We believe that going onto a short-term mission would be an eye opener to see what God has planned for us and we have been praying for an opportunity.

    While we are preparing for our permanent move to the US, we heard about the short-term mission to Toulouse, France. With our skills matching the requirements, we applied for it immediately and we are really thankful to God for letting us go with the team.

    Under the leadership of Pastor Hung, the team is made up of 6 brothers and sisters from 3 different congregations. God showed us His wonders even before we went onto the trip! A brother who used to worship with us in NSC is sent to Toulouse for 4 months because of his work, coinciding with our visit. We contacted him and introduced the Toulouse Chinese Christian group to him. He bonded with the students and missionaries there even before the team had its first meeting. He has helped us greatly in communicating with the Toulouse group and in preparing an evangelical drama that is meaningful to those who are seeking God there. It is truly amazing to see how God is in control in every way and the way He works is beyond our wildest imagination.

    Along with the missionaries, we visited university campuses and randomly went up to any “Chinese-looking” students to start talking to them about Jesus. It surprised us how open they are in listening to the Good News. While we were amazed how God has prepared the hearts of these people to listen, this also made us reflect on why we can do this with such passion on a short-term mission, but not from day to day in the city we are living in. We were also in shock of how real it is, that “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Mt 9:37), with so many Chinese students out there we are still unable to reach out to.

    On the second day, one of the missionary brought Tim and myself to visit a couple having similar background to ours – they are also newlyweds and the husband is an oversea research student. Since this visitation was our first time seeing this couple, we did not know what to expect and could only pray for the Holy Spirit to lead the conversation. There, we saw again how God has already prepared their hearts to listen and used our experience to connect with them. They were really interested in listening to our stories of how God work is in every bit of our lives, and it has stunned them as we shared how we encounter and experience God as scientists.

    The three days went by so quickly. However, seeing these snapshots together with the sharing from the missionaries there, gave us a wider picture of missionary life and the struggles that they face. What I have also taken from this trip are reflections and encouragements. With the very limited resources that they have (no church building, no Pastor, no IDMC etc), the missionaries and those in the Toulouse Chinese Christian group showed me that what matters is not how much they have, but a pure and simple heart that is willing to serve our Lord and to reach the lost souls.

  • Walter Man —- Team Work
    小时候,住在香港新界的一条乡村里,平日没什么玩意,所以特别盼望星期日到来;因为每逢星期日下午,必定有三个年青宣教士下乡,在树荫下教我们唱歌、讲故事、玩游戏、派奖品….
    我们都是顽皮的一群,總是给他们捣蛋,添麻烦;只要把他们弄得一团糟就开心了。奇怪的是,他们没有因为我们的“杰作”而退缩,却仍是每星期准时到来,风雨无改。更奇妙的是,在与他们纠缠之间,圣经故事里的每个情节却都不知不觉地埋进我们的心底里。
    今年二月初,我参加了教会派往法国图卢兹的短宣队,从中体验宣教士宣教工作的经历。这里有两名从香港来的女宣教士,和一对來自美國的宣教士夫妇。他們不要上山下乡,但还是需要冒着风雨,顶着骄阳出外探访的。探访店铺老板的时候,偶尔还要面对他们的冷面,因为你在妨碍他们做生意呀!在学生群中宣教也不容易,因为学生也要忙着功课、忙着处理感情问题、忙着吃、忙着喝、忙着适应和享受外国的生活…. 总是忙个不停。宣教士必须运用机智才能插进去,跟他们建立关系,获取他们的信任。还有,也是最实际的,就是语言的问题。在这里生活,要主动跟当地人沟通,或者帮助不会说法语的华人解决生活上的问题,你得懂法语。那么,宣教士便要跑去上法语课,这是额外付出的时间、体力、精神和金钱。
    在图卢兹宣教,不是个人随兴的工作,而是一个团队合作的项目。在前线宣教之余,還要跟播道會差會的宣教士們一起开会,规划未来的工作,检讨过去的活动…等,什么什么的一大堆,不是用法语就是用英语;他们不会因为你不会说流利外语而迁就一下,有时候你还没弄清楚开始说的第一句话,他们已经把整个情节交代完毕了,这又是语言的挑战。所以,其中一名宣教士坦率地说过,跟他们开会,如果可以逃避的,真的想逃避。
    在整个短宣体验的过程中,我发现几十年前跟现在的宣教士都有一个共同点,就是宣教必须先透过人与人的接触,与他们建立良好关系,才能把爱心传送出去。可以这样说,宣教基本上就是爱心传递的工作,所以当宣教士的条件,除了有刻苦排难的素质之外,还要具备无私无畏的精神,才能赢得别人的信任,打通渠道,把耶穌基督无私的大爱传给别人。此外,虽然现代科技进步,要传递爱心,什么电邮、视像等,都不能胜过人际之间的直接接触。
    自古至今的宣教士,也是本着这无私无畏的精神,坚持真理,把上主的爱和从他而来的真自由带给他人。我为此献上感谢。
  • Edward Lim —- Everything was in His hands

    Everything was in His hands, sovereign grace and love for His children in His precise timing.I praised the Lord for setting the theme for Toulouse as ‘Family’. We were indeed a family. He dealt with us in three or more significant parts and allowed us to plant lots of seeds of truth for each other Christians or non Christians alike.

    Throughout the three days, He healed, motivated, encouraged, inspired and protected His people. He has dealt with the apparent objectives reaching out to new students and seekers. He has blessed even more by challenging the UK team and the Toulouse team to dace bravely the dark side within themselves. He helped me to see more the humanity of missionaries that they too have their needs just like anyone else in a deeper level. He inspired me to have once again the last minute change of the sermon contents to a human related spiritual sharing.

    The theme family has helped to feel more a family in the Christian world that we are really one family in Christ. Clearer picture of what humility and agape mean. Unconditional acceptance of brothers and sisters in the family in Christ.

  • Annee —- Mission is life in refining
    弗六11 – 12 :要穿带上帝所赐的全副军装,就能抵挡魔鬼的诡计。因我们并不是与属血气的争战,乃是与那些执政的、掌权的、管辖这幽暗世界的,以及天空属灵气的恶魔争战(注:两”争战”原文都作”摔跤”) 。
    鼎为炼银,炉为炼金,惟有耶和华敖炼人心。(箴言17:3)虽然这次只有三天的时间,却经历了生命的飞跃。我为这次的被差遣赞美主!也感谢伦敦中华基督教会!
    我们这次出发去图卢兹,在第一行动时就碰到被拦阻。接我们的柄超和丽娴的车迷失了路,Sophie、Sherry和我却是睡的太沉以致听不见铃声。过了半小时我们醒来时和他们到达我们门口几乎是同时。我相信这不是偶然,乃是与那些执政的、掌权的、管辖这幽暗世界的、以及天空属灵气的恶魔争战。我们即刻进入祷告。把我们这次三天的时间全部交给神掌管。赞美主,有神的大能保守,使我们一队六人如期抵达飞机场,登机飞往图卢兹。我们一到就进入禾场一直到晚上。似乎一切都很正常。可是第二天 27号,我们幽默的父神却让我们这个C – FAMILY经历了火的洗礼。早晨我们在牧师TOME家用完早餐后,灵修前有一段自由时间。我去师母的房间要给女婿发送一份急件,就不在现场。同工们所谈的内容我不知道。等我回到团队的中间还未坐定,就听到有个姊妹对我说“安妮姐,你的见证稿带来没有,他们要审查。因为上次有短宣作见证时侧重批评宗教,自己的见证很少。可是我接受的信息却是”你的见证稿带来没有,要受审查。你评论宗教,你要受批判。。,”命令般的口气和不信任的言词一下子触到了我的软肋,那个在肉体中的我被伤害了,不再等这位姊妹说完,就激动地回击:我告诉你们,我没有稿子。无论是讲道还是见证,我都不会批判宗教的。而且我每次都是圣灵在带领。”我的恶行使整个气氛一下子进入紧张。捆绑的心,影响了开口赞美神。当唱第二首“除你以外”的这首歌时,我的眼泪就止不住地流淌,心里不停地有力量在涌动说:要见证,要见证。是属灵争战!想行善,行出来的却由不得你,是很苦的。说出来,因你的怒气,要向姊妹说对不起。“ 神的大能就是在软弱者的身上得以完全。神的大能遮盖我的软弱。祂特别允许那个场合和时间段,让那位姊妹开口说话,是为了医治我,使我脱离被恶的捆绑。我感恩的泪不住地流。因此当赞美敬拜一结束,我就亟不可待地分享这个经历。同时我也向那位姊妹说了对不起。感谢神,帮助我击退恶魔的攻击。赐给我和我们整个团队意外的平安。并保守我们在基督里的心怀意念。恶魔不善罢干休!仍然在继续想法离间我们C- FAMILY 的关系,以达到破坏当天晚会上的整个迎新,而阻碍福音的播种。我们27号下午4点以后进入现场实地练习我们晚上要献唱的赞美诗歌。在场上还没有练一会,我们就有肢体之间出现了争战,致献唱练习停了下来。这是新一轮争战!且十分激烈!感谢神,祂在我们中间坐着为王,使其余的我们有平安。使我们面对突发的争战没有发出抱怨和责备,而是鼓励出现问题的肢体勇敢面对和交通。感谢神,在圣灵的引领下,他们彼此认错,我们 C – FAMILY 齐心祷告:感谢赞美主让我们在软弱中经历祂的同在,感谢赞美主用祂其妙的方式引领我们看到我们自己的软弱;感谢赞美主亲自修复我们关系的破口,净化我们的纷杂的心灵;感谢赞美主帮助我们脱离被恶的捆绑和老我的残累;感谢赞美主使我们这个C – FAMILY重新得力。神的话是我们脚前的灯,路上的光,引领我们在这次的服事中,无论是参与活动、献诗敬拜、见证、证道、还是在其他的事工都激励了当地的同工和会众。我们欣慰地说:颂赞荣耀都归于我们的神!
    籍着这个机会我要表达的是:通过这次仅仅几天的短宣经历,使我再次明白无论在任何处境下的任何服事,属灵的争战不会停止!神是要看见我们自己的生命有得着,有长进,使我们生命能够成为好土。使我们的身上真的能善发出有耶稣基督的馨香之气。因为见证恩惠的福音是基于生命传承生命。

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