*** Imagine! ***

Oh no, that’s not a photo of my boat. But, when I saw the name -IMAGINE- on this nice speedboat during a stay in Corsica, I couldn’t keep myself from taking a picture for you. :-)

IMAGINE is also the beginning of the statement which sums up the dream of Jesus.net (a network of international partners whose goal is evangelism through the Internet). Here it is: “Imagine a world with every single person having free access to the Gospel, knowing God, growing in Jesus, and sharing faith easily…” This is what we want to do through this tremendous network, Jesus.net. Share the Gospel with everyone and everywhere.

IMAGINE is also a vision for the future. I want to imagine, by faith, everything that God is going to do. I already imagine Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, reached by the Gospel. Did you know that in Jakarta alone (capital of Indonesia) there are 17 million Facebook users? Would you join me in prayer for this country?

IMAGINE is just a simple word allowing us to dream and to see what God can do through ordinary people like you and me. When I started Top Chrétien in 1999, I think I was far from imagining all that it has become today. Would I have imagined such developments? Such encouragement? Such an impact in the lives of Internet users of whom you are perhaps a part? Here are some testimonies to illustrate my point.

“My brother decided to return to church after many messages received via PassLeMot. Thank you Lord.”

“A cousin who isn’t a Christian thanks me because PassLeMot does him a lot of good and reminds him not to forget God.”

“I was an atheist and my life changed on this website. It’s too immense, and there is no word on earth to describe it.”

“Thanks to the Top I have the feeling of really being part of a big family.”

“I knew a young Christian through your website, oh so helpful. He gave me a Bible in Arabic and he put me on the way of the Lord Jesus. Since then, I never cease to grow in faith and obedience (despite difficult conditions) because I was born and live in Algeria.”

“Thanks to your messages, my life changes from day to day.”

“Top Chrétien is a revolutionary tool that allows us to receive and share.”

So keep moving forward and IMAGINE what God will do. ”The sky’s the limit” as the saying goes. And I think that’s what God wants for the Top and for each one of us …

Thank you for being a part of this dream of God. I imagine you like Aaron and Hur holding up Moses’ arms on the mountain while Joshua and the people of God were fighting in the valley. Thank you for holding up our two arms, our vision and our passion, while our team is in the battle.

Together, IMAGINE what God will do with us in 2012! And let him use us as he sees fit. What do you think? Do you have stories to share?

Together for changed lives,

Eric

*** An Incredible Team ***

Muriel

ONE TEAM …

The team is incredible. They are all passionate. For example, Muriel handles very seriously our donor relationships. She prays with them and for them. We thank Muriel for her devoted service and her empathy for each person she contacts. Muriel now has a new assistant, Iris, who came to replace Sylvie whose contract ended. Sylvie did a great job and our prayers and best wishes are with her.

Stef and Christine, two pillars of the Top Chrétien team. are a blessing for many.

Stef and Christine

PLEASE PRAY FOR  …

1. Transformed Lives
Our websites for India and China were relaunched thanks to a donation. This allowed us to buy advertizing in Google and to increase the visitor rate. A large number of people accept Jesus every day ever since the relaunch. Pray for them!

2. The Team
We still need team members called by God to serve with their talents as missionaries at the Top.

3. Eric & Muriel
Some traveling is foreseen. May the Holy Spirit direct us in managing our schedule.

4. Creativity
May the Lord help the team to discern between good ideas and those that come from our Creator.

5. The Finances
May divine provision be accorded to us in abundance so that more souls are put in contact with the Gospel. May we be able to finance the “couples” and the “singles” courses, expected to be filmed soon.

Your prayers are essential!

Thank you,

Eric Célérier

*** Things are Happening! ***

ONE PASSION …

Things are happening in Israel! Jews for Jesus, an international evangelistic organization, is ready to become our partner for the Hebrew website.

Things are also happening in Indonesia. We are testing an original evangelism approach in French via Facebook. Did you know that in Jakarta alone (capital of Indonesia) there are 17 million Facebook users? We are now in contact with an organization in the country for our first steps. Let’s pray...

Curious to see our Facebook version of ConnaitreDieu? Click on this link: http://tinyurl.com/connaitredieu Great, isn’t it? I like it!

Our "video learning platform" is ready. TopFormations is already running on it and soon we are going to use it to offer training specifically for people new to the faith like "12 Days to Discover the Bible" or "40 Days with Jesus".

Take heart, friends. The journey will be long, but our cause is wonderful.

All the Best for Jesus,

Eric Célérier
Founder, TopChrétien and ConnaitreDieu.com

*** One Vision … ***

In this photo I was 22 years old. The man in front is Billy Graham. My wife “happened to see” this photo while she was visiting the Billy Graham Headquarters in the USA. What an incredible memory to have seen thousands of people come to Jesus during the 1986 campaign at Bercy!

It was there that this vision and this passion for the salvation of souls were birthed in my heart. On the platform, behind this great evangelist, I prayed: “Lord, use my life. I would like to be an evangelist like him.”

Just one year prior to the campaign, I had been offered the opportunity to study at a technology university in my hometown, a job,  my driver’s license… but God had told me: “This isn’t my will.” With a heavy heart, I obeyed him.

Fortunately… If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have had that tremendous experience in 1986 and today, Top Chrétien and KnowingGod would probably not exist. Neither would I have met the most marvelous spouse  of whom a man can dream.

Thank you, Lord, for insisting that I take the narrow way. Twenty-five years later, I do not regret this choice, and I am so blessed to see the vision realized. Never would I have imagined that one day our team would help the Billy Graham Association announce the Gospel… in the USA! It’s happening today. Thousands of lives are reached every day. And we are delighted to give back what they did for us.

Thank you for your involvement in Top Chrétien’s vision. Each one of us has a part in this extraordinary plan of God.

“Whatever he tells you, do it” said Mary, the day of the marriage in Cana. Could you ask Jesus what he expects from you concerning Top Chrétien? Do just what he tells you to do :-)

Together for changed lives,

Eric

PS: I am currently en route to the United States with two Top Chrétien teammates, Michael Foucault and Marc Ariberti. In fact, we are going to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) as part of our partnership with Top Chrétien. I will once again meet with Franklin Graham (President of BGEA). Can you pray that God blesses this trip and that His grace be upon all of our appointments?

*** Make a Buzz with ConnaîtreDieu.com! ***

The Top Chrétien Team is doing everything they can to get ConnaîtreDieu.com moving!

Many Internet users are on a spiritual quest and our deepest desire is to help them discover the God of love as a response to their questions. To this end, we launched a ConnaîtreDieu.com poster contest on Facebook open to all!

The principle was simple: to provide Internet users with the  ConnaîtreDieu.com logo and invite them to participate by creating their own posters for the site. The participants then saw their posters directly online on the ConnaitreDieu.com Facebook page, and had to encourage their friends to vote for their posters (number of  “like” clicks on Facebook acting as votes).

The great thing about this contest is that people who did not yet know the ConnaîtreDieu.com website voted for the posters. A “word of mouth” effect was created for the website and new people could hear about God in this way. We pray that they were touched by what they read.

The contest also helped develop ideas for highly innovative posters that the Top team can use to promote the ConnaitreDieu website and thus, ConnaitreDieu.com can touch even more lives! Finally, different Internet users could get involved with us by sharing their posters. A truly united team effort brought forth its fruit!

Gifts (DVDs, CD cards, books, caps, etc..) worth more than  500 € were offered to the five winners whose creativity we applaud. The first three posters were chosen with votes on Facebook. Then, the ConnaîtreDieu.com jury appointed its own two winners to avoid penalizing the last participants who sent in their posters shortly before the close of voting on Facebook.

A total of 156 posters were sent in, each one making its impact. You can find them by clicking here!

A big thank you to all the brave participants who invested themselves in us! In this blog, discover the achievements of the five winners of this contest, which was a first. To do again? What do you think?

We would be interested in reading your comments, ideas, suggestions. It’s always a pleasure to read them and have your feedback so we can improve and allow a greater number of people to hear about Jesus Christ!

Together for changed lives,

Eric Célérier and the Top Chrétien Team

PS : Visit “Ensemble, faisons connaître Dieu” and make a buzz with ConnaîtreDieu.com !

*** V.I.P. Red Carpet! … ***

The TOP Team

We always enjoy receiving visitors at Top Chrétien. And believe me, the Top Internet users are not virtual. They are as real as you and as me! Recently, we received Elizabeth Dugas, a volunteer for the Top. Here’s what she wrote after her visit:

This week I had the honor and the joy of visiting the famous “Top Offices”.

Like many of you, I watched the visit of the offices on video and followed with great interest the various stages of the purchase. All this on the Net.

But in reality … it’s even better than what I saw!

Carolle immediately came to meet me and, after going up the stairs, just at the bottom of the screen showing prayers of commitment on KnowingGod.net in real time and places, I was greeted by a scrolling message welcoming me personally. Long live technology!

Watching the video footage filmed during the purchase of the Top Offices, one could have thought that the team members had purposely made themselves available for the filming. However, in reality they all dropped their work to meet me. I am still very touched. It’s very moving to hear and see in person the brothers and sisters whose names I have read for years.

I visited all the former and existing offices and then, the other premises. The one thing in common: lack of space. I have no details, but working at 3, 4, 5, 7 (or more) in the same workspace without getting irritated is really a challenge. Each one having less than one square meter makes for very close quarters! The meeting room and kitchen/dining room: we cannot even mention. One can only go in and out on a rotating basis. Note: When entering to eat, you must be very careful or very humble, or both, because you cannot go in without bending over completely!

So then, the new office space? That means the rest of the house. Well, it brings the much needed additional space, especially a large, beautiful meeting room with a magnificent stone fireplace and picture windows overlooking the garden. The garden is very beautiful and very well equipped: normal because the former (!) owner is a florist. Palms, shrubs, flowers: a treat, especially on sunny days. Another plus: new offices could be built in the garden space to enlarge again because I suspect that the space may run out again someday.

The Top Offices: A nice house in a beautiful hidden garden in the middle of a very plain industrial area. It boggles the mind and, in fact, it is a dream come true, a true gift from God, who answered not only the needs but also gave beauty. God loves to give great, beautiful gifts to his servants.

Conclusion: I am very happy with my visit, very touched by God’s servants in this place to proclaim the kingdom of God on earth, and also, very proud that it is happening at home, in France. Once will not make it a habit although …

Just as for the reception at TOPC: “Be careful, you could get used to it!”

Thank you, for who you are and what you do, and thank you to the Lord, who has created this beautiful work!

Elizabeth, thank you for your kind words. With you and with each Internet user, we bless the Lord for the beautiful Top Chrétien team and for this workspace that God has put at our disposal so that his work could be extended. Glory to God!

Together for changed lives,

Your friend Eric

*** Let’s Share God’s Love! ***

MonEglise.net has just blown out its first candle: one year old already!

It’s time to take stock.

MonEglise.net in figures:

- 400,000 visits from 198 countries. France, Canada, Belgium, Ivory Coast, Switzerland, and Morocco, visited MonEglise.net the most.

- 50,000 people came directly  to MonEglise.net from the website ConnaitreDieu.com. (In English KnowingGod.net) That’s more than 100 people on a spiritual quest every day!

As a reminder, this is the first reason why MonEglise.net was developed – to bring the church to Internet users so that they say:  “If that’s the church, I want my church!”

But beyond numbers, which are always encouraging, what is important is that lives are changed. For example, this Internet user wrote to us recently: Thanks to “your website” I am born again. My joy is great, God bless you. God is great. He cured me of my depression. It has been one month that I no longer take antidepressants even though I took them for more than 10 years. God works miracles!

Wonderful, isn’t it? I invite you to watch this video clip for ConnaitreDieu.com! All excerpts are from recordings made for MonEglise.net.

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Why not share this video with you friends?

So Happy Birthday to MonEglise.net and may God bless all those involved in this great project: the pastors, artists, technicians, partners, donors and the Top Chrétien team.

Let’s continue to share God’s love through MonEglise.net.  It’s worth it!

What do you think? I would welcome your feedback and comments on the subject.

Eric

*** Let’s Evangelize the World! ***

The 2010 Cape Town Congress got off to a great start with more than 4000 representatives from almost 200 nations! It’s called The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization. We are all here to reflect on the evangelization of the entire world. The opening ceremony was very beautiful and moving. South Africans are truly warm and welcoming! Unfortunately, 250 Chinese were missing because the Chinese government considered their participation in this conference as being harmful to state security, which seems incredible! Over 1000 police blocked participants when they were getting on their airplanes, and some are currently in prison! Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters!

Evangelism is a subject for which I have a passion because I would like for many to know Jesus as I know him: He is my Savior and my friend! I’d like to communicate as much enthusiasm and passion as I can around me during this historic meeting. My goal is to share the importance of using the Internet and new technologies for the proclamation of the Gospel. We have an incredible opportunity! Imagine that Indonesia, which is probably the largest Muslim country in the world, is also the third most represented country on Facebook with 20 million users. Turkey is the 4th. France is in fifth position! We must seize the opportunity that God is giving us to share the Good News.

Pray for me, please! I will not have the opportunity to talk with each of the 4000 participants. So, I am relying on the Lord for divine connections with the right people at the right time. And it started well. I met Blair Carlson, who was the Billy Graham campaign manager in 1986 and so my first boss! It has been 25 years since we saw each other and we still look so young ;-) It’s faith that keeps us young … forever ;-)

Let me tell you about two of those divine connections.

A South Korean came to me thinking I could fix his Internet connection because I was wearing a black T-shirt. The technical crew for the congress (of which I am not a member) is also wearing black T-shirts. As I explained to him his mistake, I asked him what his role was, and he happened to be the representative of a very large church (Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, Korea) with which we had already initiated discussions to create a Knowing God website in Korean. However, we had had no news and were somewhat desperate. Since our meeting, this brother has already written and assured me he would follow up. Glory to God!

I also wanted to meet someone very special and very well-known here in South Africa to speak with him about launching the Jesus.net project here in his country. I had heard about him from my Dutch friend Jan Willem who is here with me. And while hiking on a mountain, we even prayed to meet him. And guess who came to sit at my table this morning … a simple table in the middle of 700 other tables! This man! He came because he knew the person sitting opposite me. When he showed up, I told him: “I prayed to meet you, so thank you for being sensitive to the Holy Spirit!”. Imagine his surprise! He was really ready to listen, praise God!

Thank you, Lord, for this opportunity to connect with your servants in this magnificent conference. Together we will see more lives changed for your glory!

Your friend,

Eric

*** Together for Changed Lives! ***

Just ten days ago, I asked you to pray for the Jesus.net Conference!

Your prayers were answered because God blessed us so much. He really did way beyond all that we could have imagined.

This conference brought together 75 people (coordinators of evangelism websites) from 21 countries. For four days we shared the progress we have been able to make in the different countries and we glorified God together!

We also took advantage of this special time together to invite Marie-France. Perhaps you remember her? Marie-France gave her heart to Jesus by connecting to the website ConnaitreDieu.com and we filmed her testimony during the fund-raising campaign for the purchase of the Top Chrétien offices.

Since her conversion, God has used her so that five new people experience faith in Jesus!  She is actually in her second year at the Cijem Force school. Isn’t that wonderful?

When Marie-France came to the conference, she spoke simply about what God had done in her life and we were very moved … Many of us cried as she finished sharing with the words: “I am a miracle!” What a blessing it was to hear live and in person the testimony of one of the people who has accepted Jesus as Savior on the Internet. We are so very thankful to God!

There are millions of “Marie-France” whom we would like to see come to Jesus in the coming years. Imagine God’s joy and the angels’ rejoicing in heaven!

I am sure that they are smiling as they watch this video that I counted on sharing with you!

Together for changed lives,

Eric

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*** The Top Offices: Purchase Agreement has been signed! ***

I’m sure you have been following the fund-raising campaign for the purchase of the Top offices throughout the summer! Several thousand Christians were mobilized to pray and give so that the dream would become reality. If you are one of them, I want to say a big “Thank you” again on behalf of the entire Top Chrétien team and all the Internet users who benefit from this ministry.

Here’s how things went: the Monday after Pentecost Sunday, during a time of prayer, God put it on our hearts that the time had come for us to own the offices that we rent and expand the space to give the team more room to accomplish its mission: proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ through the Internet.

A few days later, though we hadn’t said anything to him, the owner contacted us and proposed that we acquire full ownership, that is, of our offices and of the other part of the house, which was more than double our workspace. After having had the property evaluated and negotiating the price, we reached an agreement. Then we approached you Top users to gather at least 300,000 Euros for the down payment to the bank. You answered the call with great generosity and encouragement. See this page, it is such a blessing!

Now, by the grace of God, we have met half the total. We believe that God will provide for what is missing. So, with great confidence in God, we signed the purchase agreement on September 16, 2010, as you can see in the video below.

TopMission, the organization, will buy the property. TopMission manages all the activities of the web portal Top Chrétien such as, TopChrétien.com, ConnaitreDieu.com, MonEglise.net, etc.. The President of the association, Nathalie Texier, was mandated by the General Assembly to carry out all the necessary steps. You see her signing the document in the video. TopMission is a recognized general interest organization, empowered to receive donations, give tax receipts, and, of course, buy offices to accomplish its objective.

Here is the agenda set at the signing: The final sale will take place November 30, 2010. Meanwhile, we have 20 days to prove that we have taken steps to seek the remaining funds from banks. Then, we have 40 days to obtain a loan agreement. That’s what the document states. However, we believe that God will provide for the full amount and we will not need a bank loan. This may sound crazy, but crazy and faith are two very similar words in the dictionary! We’re not crazy, but we have faith. How God will do it, I do not know; But, he will do it, that I know!

If we pay cash, we will not have to pay rent every month, and we will be able to invest more in Top Chrétien’s projects. Also, if God has already provided half the amount, why wouldn’t he provide the other half? Why limit God? It’s his work. It’s his kingdom. It’s for the salvation of souls for whom Christ died that we are buying this property! So count on him! He made water gush out of the rock, rained down manna, fed a prophet with crows … he is the same God we serve. As a friend wrote me recently: What God commands, he pays for!

Join your faith with mine and together let’s experience God’s provision. This purchase will not only be an encouragement to Top Chrétien, but for all of us, will also be further proof that our God is alive and that he owns gold and silver!

PS: If God leads you to talk about our need to those around you or to help the Top take this second step, we would be very honored. To donate, please contact:
David Broussard
Phone: 678-205-6859
FAX: 866-516-9404
givingfunds@ccfof.org

Mailing Address:
Christian Community Foundation of France
829 Stansbury Drive
Marietta, GA 30066
USA

The Christian Community Foundation of France is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organization, EIN #20-3098434.

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