What is the situation of the Kingdom of God in France as a whole?
The population of France is around 67 million, but there are only around 650,000 people who identify as Evangelical Christians (about 1 person in 100).
So, there are more than 66 million people who do not yet know Jesus. The overwhelming majority of these people have no access to the good news about Jesus, especially those who live in rural areas.
More than half of the population of France live in communes (villages or towns) of less than 10,000 people, a quarter live in communes of less than 2,000 people.
Our interest at the moment is the Plateau Picard, which we define as the area between Clermont-de-l’Oise in the south and and Amiens in the north and Ham in the east and Grandvillers in the west. For this area, the population is nearly 250,000, living in 456 communes.
About 93% of the population live in small communes of less than 5,000 people, more than half live in communes of less than 1,000 people.
There are very few Evangelical Christians on the Plateau. Our own experience tells us that the overwhelming majority of the people who do not yet know Jesus have no access to the good news about Jesus, especially those who live in the smallest communes.
What a challenge! How can we reach the people of this area with the good news of Jesus? It seems impossible…