Christine Kling is the minister of Gif Baptist, a small church of 5-15 people in outer Paris. She’s been supporting us for the past 3 months, so we decided to ask her some questions before leaving Gif.
How and when did you first come to faith?
I became a Christian in Scotland, 2011. I became a Christian after a difficult time in my life, after the death of my husband and mother in law. I had some questions about the meaning of life and met a Christian who suggested the Alpha Course. I went and after a month of discussion I decided to go to Church on Sunday- something I’d never done before. I had a great sense of God’s compassion. It helped me through my grief and sadness and to find a new meaning in life.
What made you want to be a minister?
I was very curious about the Christian faith so I read the Bible and a lot of Christian books. But I still had questions so I asked people at my Church. They suggested that I went to a Baptist College to Study one module; ‘Encountering the Bible’. At the end I felt I wanted to learn more, so I took a sabbatical and studied at Baptist college for a year. At the end of this year I had a sense that I had to do the whole degree. In 2014 with BMS I had a sense that God was calling me to ministry.
What’s been the best part of having an Action Team?
There’s a lot to say. It’s good to have young people with us, especially as we are a small church. It’s good to help on their journey of faith. They bring energy to the church.
What’s the secret to good ministry?
I don’t think I know! I would say being patient and being open to what God is doing. Try to put God at the centre what we do. And that’s difficult because we always want to do what we want. We need a lot of grace.
Right now people are applying for Action Teams in 2019. What advice would you give to future Action Teamers?
It’s a step of faith, so think about that. What do they want to do during this gap year? How is God calling them in their life? They have new opportunities, new challenges and a lot of freedom. It could potentially be the best year of their life.
-That Team France’s holiday runs smoothly!
– That Team France settles in easily to Nice
– Christine and her work in Gif-sur-Yvette