EVERY TIME YOU CROSS A BRIDGE, YOU ENTER A DESTINATION MADE DIFFERENT BY YOUR PRESENCE.
So it is with a “bridge” in a small village in Burgundy, France. Over fifty years ago, Tom and Doris Julien stepped out in faith to purchase a dilapidated 14th Century chateau in St. Albain. Their goal? Create a bridge between the Good News and French society. The primary fruits of those efforts are the leaders and members of new churches in France and beyond.
Today, God is leading the renewal of this unique facility as a bridge to a new generation. The Chateau de St. Albain will continue to bless area churches and believers as a retreat center. But its primary objective will be utilizing sports, music, drama, and other creative means to create a safe place where authentic believers can share Christ with today’s young people.
EUROPE CONTINUES to be a highly influential and strategic part of the world. The post-Christian country of France registers below one percent true believers in Jesus Christ. This least-reached population of over 63 million is aggressively secular and spiritually indifferent. But more recently, from among the five Grace Brethren churches in France, there is a wave of new church planting. From Lyon in the south of the region to Dijon in the north, there are people coming to Christ and as many new churches as existing ones.
Churches will continue to use the Chateau as a place for adult and youth activities, outreach weekends, sports camps, spiritual retreats, and Bible discovery. Fruitful evangelism and discipleship is the ultimate goal for this living bridge into the heart of Burgundy.
A New Chateau Director
BRIDGES ARE ALL ABOUT THE FUTURE.
And what a bright future the Chateau de St. Albain presents as a young Frenchman is appointed Chateau Director, with emphasis on youth outreach.
Nicolas Alphonso and his wife Nancy are members of the Grace Brethren Church in nearby Macon, the first church planted through the ministry of the Chateau. They are parents to Samuel (5) and Esther (3). They bring an assortment of special gifts, talents, and expertise in areas such as youth ministry, sports, business management, counseling, teaching, and computer skills. In addition, Nancy is a chef with her own cooking website and blog. Their warmth and engaging personalities are linked to a strong testimony for Christ among friends and acquaintances.
MAJOR RENOVATIONS will make the Chateau more attractive for everyone and more accessible for the physically challenged. Aligning with new accessibility guidelines will assure that each Chateau guest will be welcomed well, and other needed renovations will make the center even more attractive and appreciated by the public.
IS THERE A COST?
Of course, and it’s sizable. But the cost of not leaning into this vision and ignoring the upgrades is immeasurably greater. In terms of potential and opportunity for penetrating the darkness with the light of the gospel, the cost is altogether more preferable and God-honoring than sounding retreat.
$300,000 IS OUR GOAL!
Whether the gift is small or large we all have the opportunity to reach this goal together. About one third of this amount will temporarily support the new Director’s salary. The remainder will cover mandatory building renovations and upgrades.
PEOPLE BEG... GOD APPEALS
Your generous gifts will help ensure the Chateau continues to bless and enrich lives. Statistics suggest that among those receiving this opportunity, 10 can give $10,000, 20 can give $5,000, 30 can give $1,000, and the rest can give $200 or more. This response would more than meet the goal! Is God appealing to you to give?
HERE’S HOW TO GIVE
Utilize the “Donate to this Ministry” box above.
Or send a check made payable to “Encompass World Partners” and with “Chateau” on the memo line to:
Encompass World Partners
PO Box 3298
Monument, CO 80132-3290