Does France have no guide?...No One to guide them?
Today we went back to Bugarach to see if what they have been reporting to the world was true. There are not thousands here, not hundreds .......not even dozens. Only a hand full. We have Shared Jesus with three different people today. One man we went back to told us that 'I have no guide' I have nothing to guide me' and that statement seemed to be what we observed everywhere. Folks had a lot of questions but have no concept that God is real, that He loves them and that they can really know Him. There seems to be a great void here when it comes to the gospel and biblical knowledge and a hardness to even talk about Jesus. It seemed we could talk about anything but when you bring up Jesus.....a cold response. No room for Jesus in discussion, in a life or even in a town.
We picked up two hitch hikers and tried to share Christ with them but the barrier of not knowing French was evident. They were kind of part of the Bugarach phenomena but just seemed cold and searching. Rob gave out some good gospel material and scripture to them and to the shop owner also. I looked for a church in Bugarach and the only thing I could find there is an old.... very old catholic church building, but no services of any kind were going on in Bugarach. No gospel, non to share it, non that we found praying for it, and .....well the town is void of Jesus, God, the bible and any witness of Christ. Void of the praises of God, the hope of the Prince of Peace and the testimony of knowing Jesus. Void of the Joy of the Lord and His Peace.
I stood in that old empty cold catholic church building praying, an old women walked in and I began to talk to her, I ask if she wanted me to pray for her but she just did not see to understand. I actually wish I could stay and start an open bible study where folks could come for prayer and hear the astounding hope found in Jesus/the gospel. I just can't leave Bugarach without some kind of witness of Jesus, if I could sing I might just go sit in the old empty cold church building and start singing praise, or just pray... until someone comes in. O for Acts chapter 4!
Romans 10:14 on seems to express the issue in Bugarach ...
"14How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
It is amazing to sit here tonight knowing the power, presence and love of Jesus Christ.... to know His work on the Cross and the hope and help He brings..... and know that there is a city that is 'empty' and 'void' of Him and all He is and brings.
Christless? to shove out Christ is to leave one open to a deception the enemy is so willing to lauch.
Somehow I must start a mission Chruch here, somehow I must get the testimony of Jesus in that City, O for Acts 8! I pray.
The shop with the girl who says she is talking to aliens, the Russian TV crew, shop owner and the back of my head. The old cold empty church building and no one around in the city of Bugarach. I can't wait to do and post an audio of here. Back to live radio in a few days.
A great book for any French man or woman to read. If I could start an open Bible study/church I would love to give those who are willing this book to read.... as they consider that God is alive, that He loves them and that they could know Him in Christ. HOPE is missing here in Bugarach!