Support in France

It’s been a very long time since I’ve written any blogs, but I keep thinking I would like to start again, so I’ll start with a support letter I sent out to some friends and family members about a trip I’m taking this summer with Clayton to provide help to missionaries in France. Maybe some of my readers here would be willing to help support me and my son for this trip, too!

In college, I participated in a study-abroad trip to Normandy, France, and I fell in love with it. My heart was broken as I visited big, beautiful, yet empty churches. I remember very clearly standing in one old village church, the Eglise Saint-Germain de Merville, praying, “Here I am, God! Send me!” God didn’t say yes to that prayer for full-time mission work there, but I was able to go on one mission trip there two years later. It was a frustrating trip for me, as I spent all my time cleaning for a missionary there, never interacting with the French people or telling them about the personal relationship with God they so much needed. It was only later that I realized how important it was that I had provided rest for the full-time workers, who very much needed it. 

This year, I contacted the same missionary, Stephen Darling. He’s still working in the same place, head of the same missions organization that he founded: International Greenhouse Ministries International. It’s not easy to labor in such a spiritually hard place, but he’s still faithfully fulfilling his call. When I recently contacted him, he asked if I could help him and his staff this summer, once again providing them rest. We would do laundry, cleaning, yardwork, and other general tasks to help between two very busy times in their ministry. Clayton and I said yes, and I just keep thanking God that I have the opportunity to help him again, and I keep repeating the verses from Psalm 103: “Bless the LORD, my soul, And do not forget any of His benefits…Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”

The mission of Chez Vous Normandy, under Greenhouse, is as Stephen Darling said: “to cultivate the spiritual soil of France, thereby creating more openness to the Gospel. We do so by offering programs that attract, inform, motivate, and educate both Christians and non-Christians in key areas of resistance to the Gospel as well as in preparation for specific service opportunities that support the work of Christ.” They offer a study-abroad program for American students (many from Wheaton College), seminars and conferences for French believers and unbelievers, and preparation for French believers for mission projects to Francophone countries, particularly those located in Islamic North Africa. 

Here’s where we need your help. Our family can’t afford the cost of two of us heading off to France for a few weeks in the middle of July. We need to raise financial support for around $3600 total (I’m still working out details), and we will also really need prayer support. Would you be willing to help us with this trip? If so, since it is a US non-profit ministry, you can make a tax-deductible gift at www.chezvousnormandy.org, using the “Gifts and Payments” link in the upper right hand corner. If you do this, create an account and please comment that you are making the donation for the ministry of Heather and Clayton Bock. Another way to give is to send a check to the Jacques Lefevre Institute. Just write “JLI” on the check, put “for the ministry of Heather and Clayton Bock,” and mail it to their Wheaton address: PO Box 448, Wheaton, IL 60187. You could also choose to give us the money directly. Also, please let us know if you’re willing to pray for us, and we will keep you updated on our trip.

Thank you!

Love, Heather and Clayton Bock

2 thoughts on “Support in France

  1. What an incredible opportunity to serve! And with your son! Yes! We will be praying, and please keep us informed, Heather

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