Charles and Frances have been serving in Belgium for 28 years, originally with VIANOVA (formerly the Belgian Evangelical Mission) and now with Crosslinks. They worked with a number of churches before planting a church in Binche in 2005.
Eglise Protestante Evangélique de Binche is a small church made up of around 20 people. Charles preaches most Sundays whilst Frances leads services, teaches in the Sunday school, manages finance and admin and helps with music.
Binche and the surrounding region have a population of 121,000 but just two other protestant churches. Charles and Frances run a youth group in the town, reaching up to 20 teenagers each month. Frances also reaches out to the community through teaching English and taking part in walking and art groups.
December was another really busy time for us. God never fails to surprise us and carry us through.
Craft sessions were excellent moments of mixing friends with members of Binche church, but the sanitary situation and too much going on meant that we limited these to just two sessions. However, as a group we created nearly 300 bookmarks to give to residents of two homes. We hope to hold similar activities another time. They were good moments!
The English 'sing-song' was nearly cancelled due to being the worst ever weather. Having said it would be outside whatever, we changed plans and, as there were just ten of us, we were able to social-distance inside. An informal discussion about the gospel at one point included most of the group. Mince pies were a big hit!
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