“Step Inside the Château” (SIC) is a short-term mission trip that is one of OC’s field experience opportunities, available to anyone 18 or over.
Our vision for this trip is to give people a good intro to missions.
It’s an opportunity to dip your toes in, have a cross-cultural experience, and work alongside experienced mission workers.
This year’s 2018 trip was at the Château de Saint-Albain, http://chateaustalbain.com, in Saint-Albain, France, in eastern Burgundy region. The Château is a castle that serves as an outreach center, under the ownership of Encompass World Partners.
A small team from the US-MC spent two weeks (May 23-June 5, 2018) at the Château de Saint-Albain. The Château is a center for retreat, outreach, and evangelism in the local community. These are all extremely rare services in this post-Christian nation. The Château’s main function is as a place of rest and restoration for fellow Christians. The ministry also performs a yearly live Nativity pageant, hosts regular children’s outreach programs, and operates as a tourist destination for those passing through the area.
The team from OC helped with various projects around the property and experienced many aspects of French culture.
Because the center is located in a French castle (the oldest parts of which date back to the 11th Century!), frequent repairs are needed that often fall beyond the ministry’s budget.
Our team worked on minor construction and cleaning projects, as well as helping with several other organization-related needs.
A major highlight for all of us was a day out at Quartier Libre. A coalition of churches runs this children’s program in the nearest city. Quartier Libre – translating to “Free Neighborhood” – is similar to VBS in the United States, but focuses its efforts on inner-city and lower-income areas.
Despite a significant language barrier, the team led a large group of mostly immigrant children in lots of fun with skits, snacks, games and songs.
Our team came away from the trip with a greater appreciation for the work God is doing in France. We have a deeper understanding of the need for dedicated ministry workers throughout Europe. Many long-term mission workers are in danger of burnout due to the extremely demanding nature of their calling and the lack of proper care for those in ministry roles.
Through our time at the Château, our team was honored to provide a small bit of support for those doing vital kingdom work. We all came to a greater understanding of what it means to be the Body of Christ. Everyone is doing their part and sharing their gifts to spread the gospel around the world.
Join Us in Prayer
- Pray for the continued work of the Château in the Burgundy area. This is a very spiritually dark area. Long-term mission workers are under constant spiritual attack. Pray that God would continue to protect His workers in this place.
- Pray for the efforts of other local ministries. Pray for Quartier Libre as they offer Christian principles and role models to children in troubled areas.
- Pray for God to be at work in the country of France. Pray for revival in this incredibly dynamic nation in desperate need of the gospel.
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We serve, equip, and connect the body of Christ to share the Good News with all people. Short-term opportunities last between one month and one year with the purpose to provide opportunities for intensive, proactive and cross-cultural experiences.