DESCRIBE WHAT THE LORD HAS CALLED YOU TO DO & THE COMMITMENT YOU HAVE MADE TO ANSWER THAT CALL:
The Lord has called us to serve in France for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We do this by working to both build up and multiply assemblies. We work in partnership with other Brethren Assemblies as well as the other evangelical churches in France.
TELL US ABOUT THE PEOPLE YOU MINISTER TO:
I left the States in June of 1991 and traveled around Europe with a group of evangelists. Sylvie and I met in February of 1992 and were married in February of 1993. We’ve served in different parts of France over the last 22+ years. For the last 14 years we’ve lived in Meylan a city that’s a part of the Grenoble Metropolitan Area. Our neighbors are average secular French with little interest in the gospel. We love being among the Roma Gypsies as well. Many know Christ and it is a joy to worship. We try to help them as they seek to get out of extreme poverty. We also minister to International Students. The assemblies in Grenoble have a campus ministry and I organize a food distribution for needy students. God has also given us the privilege to share our lives with a few dears souls who live on the margins of society, the homeless, the mentally ill, victims of sexual abuse.
I’m involved in a number of initiatives that are seeking to encouraging a discipleship multiplication movement that leads to church multiplication movements. I get to encourage church leaders as they seek to be obedient to Christ’s command to go into all the world and make disciples.
WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES YOU FACE IN YOUR MISSION FIELD?
If I may, I will borrow the title of your blog… The church needs to hear God calling her to “come awake.” We need to hear that call! This means that our challenges center on living out the life of Christ, letting him transform our character and purifying ourselves so that we may be useful in his hands. We long to join with other believers who share the same passion.
HOW CAN WE PRAY FOR YOU?
DESCRIBE ANY FINANCIAL/MATERIAL NEEDS OF THE MINISTRY:
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHALLENGE US WITH?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VERSE/QUOTE?
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ | Matthew 25:40
WHAT IS THE BEST/PREFERRED METHOD OF SENDING MONETARY GIFTS FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS MINISTRY?
Gifts can be sent to us through Christian Missions in Many Lands: CMML, PO Box 13, Spring Lake, NJ 07762-0013
Please make checks payable to CMML (Christian Missions in Many Lands) and include a note stating it is for the ministry of Matthew and Sylvie Glock in France. You may also give through their website or through electronic funds transfer. For more information, visit: http://www.cmml.us/node/808
MISSIONS AND MISSIONARIES, WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
Good news travels fast. That’s why there are missionaries. The love of Christ compels us… In our globalized, interconnected world the good news of Christ coming to redeem us and reconcile all things to God must be shared. The interconnected nature of our world changes the way we do missions, it changes the way we follow Christ’s command to go and make disciples of all nations.
Boundaries are breaking down and the challenges to making Christ known multiply. With these new challenges the church is adapting. Countries that just a few years ago were hearing about the good news of Jesus Christ are now at the leading edge of those taking the message around the world. And countries that were once sending out missionaries are receiving them.
A powerful way to respond to the new opportunities of our times is found in the very nature of the church. Jesus Christ is the head of the church and we are his body. This creates a solidarity that extends beyond national and cultural boundaries. The principle of equality taught by Paul in 2 Corinthians 8 calls for a flow of resources from those who have much to those who are in need. And that in turn those who received from the surplus of others will give out of their surplus.
Often this exchange of resources is seen in the sending of missionaries and money from one part of the body to another. Yet it is so much more. To illustrate this Paul points us to Christ who gave to us out of his riches. He became poor so that we could be rich. Our riches are primarily of a spiritual nature. Yes it should include the sending of missionaries who bring the riches of the Gospel to those who have never heard. Yes it can be financial giving that relieves suffering. Yet it is so much more. Each part of the worldwide Church has a unique strength, a gift, to offer the rest of the world. Also the flow can be from everywhere to everywhere. We are unified by our common love for Christ. We are strengthened by our dependence on each other.
We are convinced that a new way of doing missions must be explored. While part of the equation will remain finances there is so much more that needs to be shared. There are riches in the church in France that the church in the States needs. Just as there are riches within the Romani church that needs to be shared with the church in France and the States…
I am excited about the opportunity to share what we see God doing here in France. Yet I’m even more excited to talk about how we can create a true partnership between churches in different cultures. This will in turn lead to a greater flow of blessing from one part of the Body to another. Jesus Christ will use this to build his church.
A LITTLE ABOUT US…
I was commended to the Lord’s work in 1991 and traveled to Europe to serve with a team of itinerate evangelists. During my first visit to France in February of 1992 I met Sylvie and we immediately fell in love. One year later on February 6, 1993 we were married. What a joy it is to serve the Lord together. We have three children Anastasia (May 22, ‘94), Pascal (January 15, ‘96) and Juliet (October 8, ‘98). They are a constant source of wonder and joy.
After our marriage I continued to serve as a member of a team of itinerate evangelists, preaching in the streets and training churches throughout France. Those years were filled with your normal amount of good times and hard times. In December of 1999 we moved to the States in order to prepare for a new season of ministry in France. Our commendation was renewed and we returned in January of 2001. Our focus was the Centre Evangélique Protestant (Le CEP) an assembly in Meylan, a suburb of Grenoble. Our role was to encourage the believers and help with proclaiming the Gospel. Over the years God blessed the work and in September of 2008 a full time French worker was called to serve the growing church. This represented a step in maturity for the assembly and allowed us to step out of leadership. Through our 7 years of service we saw that while one waters and another reaps it is truly God who gives the growth.
Much to our surprise God opened a new door of ministry in 2006. A group of English speaking expats was looking to start a new work to reach out to the English speaking community of Grenoble. They approached the leadership of the CEP and asked to partner with us in this effort. The elders and the assembly approved the project and in September of 2006 the International Church of Grenoble (ICG) opened its doors. From the start this assembly worked in close partnership with the CEP. For 8 years we served this new assembly. As it grew and developed we had the tremendous privilege of seeing the truth of 2 Corinthians 8 play out before our eyes. We saw the strengths of one group helping the other and the flowing in both directions. We also saw our ability to reach out multiplied. A number of new ministries were started and God blessed this partnership. Reaching out to the Roma gypsy population and the international students were two of these ministries. In the spring of 2014 through prayer and consultation with the elders of the ICG, the elders of our supporting churches and church leaders here in France we decided to end our ministry at the ICG in order to focus on the task of planting new churches.
This change is rooted in part in changes that occurred in the spring of 2010. Plano Bible Chapel renewed our commendation to equip the church and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Over the last few years God has been leading us to renew our focus on church planting. We agree with the conclusion of many churches leaders in France that the best way to reach the French is through planting new churches. We also share in the conviction that the best way to plant new churches is by making new disciples.
So we are on the cusp of a new season. We have entered a period of preparation. Our desire is to be faithful in what we are doing today. While we are open to God leading us to a new area of ministry we are more than ever convinced that we need to be making disciples right where we are. Sylvie and I will actively pursue this in our neighborhood, reaching out and including other believers in the tremendous privilege of calling people into the kingdom of God’s dear son (Col 1:13). We will remain active in our ministries among the Roma and the international students.
We would also like to actively prepare ourselves for what’s next. Over the last couple of years Sylvie and I have been challenged by our need to grow in our ability to reach out to those around us and to make disciples who make disciples. We have much to learn and we want to put it into practice. For my part I would like to follow the Masters of Ministry program for Leadership in Church Planting that is offered by a French seminary. The program is offered as 6 intensive weeks per year for three years. This would complement my participation with a learning community centered on church planting that brings together teams from 9 different denominations. This group meets twice a year and is designed to help the different denominations in their strategies for church planting.
In a few years time these last few paragraphs will be rewritten. We look forward to how God will lead us…
Sylvie and I also know that our ministry in France is possible because of our partnership with you. We have this tremendous privilege to serve as a connecting point between what you are doing where God has called you and what God is doing here in France. May all the glory go to him. For it is his work, his field and we are his servants.
With brotherly love in Christ,
Matthew & Sylvie Glock