*** Billy Graham’s Son ***

Those of you who know something about my life story are aware that my first full-time job, after military service, was working for Billy Graham. That was 25 years ago in 1986! At that time, I had the opportunity to pursue graduate studies at a university specializing in Computer Science in Toulouse. I gladly accepted, but after praying, I realized that God’s will was something entirely different! I had to return to my mother’s home in the Paris area. Young in the faith, it was not easy for me to obey, and I must admit that I resisted as much as I could. But one day I surrendered and I said to God, “If it’s what you want, then I’ll do it. You win!” It was the end of my computer dreams … At least, that’s what I thought, but you know Top Chrétien and you see that God had the final word!

At that time, I found myself unemployed! That lasted six months. After six months, I was desperate. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. I prayed to God, saying, “I can’t take this anymore. I am in this situation because I wanted to obey you. You’ve got to help me!” Shortly afterward, the phone rang, and Marcel, an elder from my church in Pontoise, said to me, “Have you ever heard of Billy Graham? He’s an American evangelist who is coming to preach the Gospel at the new Paris Bercy Auditorium (the Palais Omnisport in Bercy was brand new at the time). He is looking for a team of highly-motivated youth, willing to work without being really well-paid, so I thought of you!” I didn’t know Billy Graham at all, but I joyfully accepted. So that’s how my first job in life came to be preparing an evangelism crusade that would affect tens of thousands of lives in Paris and also many others by satellite retransmission.

My work was really very insignificant. My main job was to stamp letters, and since the machine was very noisy, I was relegated to a garage next to the offices. Often, I prayed for the people who would receive these letters. I was a very young convert and my attitude was far from excellent. Sometimes, I complained as I did my job, and unfortunately, I was also negligent. Nevertheless, these people trusted me even though I was the youngest member of the team. I learned a lot about serving God, about organization, about teamwork, about the big, multi-denominational family of God, and especially, about evangelism. On certain evenings, I had the great privilege, for a twenty-one year old, to sit on the stage and see thousands of people respond to the call. And it was there, on that stage at Bercy, that I said to Jesus. “I, too, want to be a soul-winner. Use my life, use me so that others know you!”

And this is what God has done! He has made me an evangelist, and my passion, which has not changed, is to see men and women find Jesus. And it is by means of the Internet and computers that this is happening! God has blessed me beyond my expectations by allowing me, with this great team around me, to see so many people come to him through the website KnowingGod.net. It now exists in sixteen languages. Glory to God! I know that this has been possible because the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) had confidence in me. Today, I would like to give back to them a “return on their investment”.

In a few days, I am going to meet Franklin Graham (the president of BGEA) and offer his organization a KnowingGod website that our team has specifically designed to reach the USA and the wider English-speaking world.

The meeting will take place on September 21st at 10.30 am (East Coast Time). I would really like for you to pray for this appointment. I believe that it is a time set by God from all eternity, and I would not want us to miss what God wants to do. Thanks for supporting your French friend so that I can represent you well. Stéphane, the coordinator of the TopChrétien web portal, will accompany me.

Will you pray for us?

Be blessed!

Your friend,

Eric

*** The TOP! It's Each One of Us! ***

Yesterday, someone asked about the campaign for donations to purchase the Top Chrétien offices. I thanked the person. He answered, “You don’t have to thank me because the Top, it’s each one of us!”

He’s right! The Top is like a living building consisting of its members. Pastor Yvan Castanou told me, “Each Internet user must understand that he is a living stone in the building you want to buy.”

Do you feel that you are part of Top Chrétien, of its history and of its future, or are you just a user/consumer of the Top?

As of today, nearly 2000 Internet users have understood that they’re the Top. They have understood that it’s a collective work that we are building together. What an encouragement for our team! How we praise the Lord for their support!

The Top actually counts tens of thousands of daily users. Imagine if each one brought his little stone to the building. We could construct the house pretty quickly! Imagine that each one realizes the opportunity to invest by sowing seed in a ministry of evangelism like the Top! So then millions of people could be reached and discover faith, perhaps even their own families! It’s today that we need you and your step of faith, for tomorrow will be too late.

Mohammed Sanogo has captured it well. Watch this video and you will understand why this former Muslim, now a pastor, thinks that the Top is each one of us.

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If you are part of those who haven’t yet sown seed for the purchase of the Top offices, could you take a moment to ask God what you should do?

The Top is you, too!

Eric Célérier

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P.S. Testimony of an Internet user: ” At our small level we made a gesture that has given us joy. The Top is a blessing for the French-speaking world and for the entire world through KnowingGod.net. … May the abundance of the Lord be poured out over all of you. Gaël

*** For one more soul… ***

The Top Chrétien Team is experiencing rather special times that I would absolutely love to share with you. Today I received this wonderful testimony by Rose Bishop: “Thank you for sending my message to the Top Chrétien members. Tell my pastor, Eric Célérier, that I have become God’s daughter. Top Chrétien has been a blessing to me. The Lord led me to your website and, as a result, I gave my life to Jesus and I found a church. This Sunday, I was baptized in Washington in the USA, where I live. Now I am officially part of God’s family! My life has been totally changed. I have no regrets for my decision. I am truly at peace and I know that heaven is my home.”

On this same day, July 19, 2010, we reached the significant statistic of two million people who had prayed to accept Jesus as Savior on the website KnowingGod.net, which exists in 16 languages! I would like for all two million of them to be just like Rose.

I believe that people like Rose are the reason why Top Chrétien and its services like MonEglise.net and KnowingGod.net exist! They are the reason why we have persevered day after day for 11 years to make Top Chétien advance. They are the reason why we want to buy our offices to make our “tent” larger and add members to our team. They are the reason why we continue to develop more and more innovative and effective tools.

Let’s go for the next “Rose” and the next million souls! To God be the Praise (in French, ADSL, à Dieu soit la louange)

Together for changed lives,

Your friend, Eric

*** How will you Respond to Pastor Claude Houde's Appeal? ***

Already more than 1000 Christians have committed themselves to support the project and more than half of the needed amount has been promised. This is truly wonderful! Some have promised 10 Euros and others, 10,000! The Bible states: “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Cor. 9:7  Thank you to each one of these donors, for I know that much effort and sacrifice have been made, but they were made with joy! I am moved when I read the commentaries on the page Together, Let’s Buy Top Chrétien’s Offices!

More and more people understand that this is not just a real estate project. This goes much further: it’s a spiritual challenge! We want to be able to receive new team members, and thus, be able to receive more souls with the Gospel. We want to be able to develop new services on Top Chrétien.

This has been an extraordinary week! Decisions for Jesus by the thousands and, in particular, the son of one of our Top Chrétien team members who gave his life to Jesus on one of our websites, ConnaitreDieu.com! Imagine the joy of this father who found his son who was lost! This father is our treasurer and his son’s decision occurred the very same day that he wrote the letter of intention to the owner stating that we wanted to buy his property! At the same moment that our treasurer was making this very important step of faith, God saved his son. Thank you, Lord!

You see, this son is a living illustration of why we want to buy these offices: so that other sons and daughters will come back to their heavenly Father.

I would like to invite you to watch this video of Pastor Claude Houde of New Life Church in Longueuil. Thank you to him as well as to every pastor, church, or Christian who has added or would like to add his brick to the building.

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How to make a donation? Go to this page, click on donate to the right, fill in the amount, and complete the form. If you prefer to send a check, the address is indicated.

*** Charisma-Part 2… ***

Just now, a conference called Empowered 21 is being held in Tulsa, in the USA. It’s the first time that we have a display booth in the USA! Here is our volunteer American team taking care of the booth. It’s a modest beginning, but it’s the opportunity for us to present the Jesus.net Widget that we are launching in English. Come get a sneak-preview here: www.jesus.net. This widget is very special, and I will speak to you about it in an upcoming TopBlog.

In the photo, here are two of our volunteers in the USA. To the left on the screen is the Jesus.net Widget and to the right is Google Earth with the real-time decisions.

In the meantime, I invite you to read the second part of the interview given to the American magazine, Charisma. You can read the first part here.

4. What is your reaction, or what would you like to say, about the fact that the 1.7 million people have clicked to accept Jesus as a result of the Website?

I am simply amazed and blessed. We have developed an application that enables us to watch real-time decisions through Google Earth. (See decisions.jesus.net) At least once every minute, someone says “YES” to Jesus. I praise God all the time. I am just a humble pastor in the small country of France, but now our team has a global impact. It’s such a blessing! A verse from the Scriptures really touched me when I started this ministry. It is 2 Corinthians 12:9 (New International Version) “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” You have to know that from the start of this Internet Ministry, I have experienced many spiritual attacks. The week we started, I was struck seriously ill and lay in a hospital with the doctors not knowing if I would survive! So, I know that it’s the grace of God. His grace is enough! It’s not and will never be Eric’s ministry. It’s Jesus’ Ministry!

5. Has any other web-based ministry ever helped this many people come to the Lord in so short an amount of time?

Yes! We are not alone in this endeavor. Campus Crusade for Christ is doing a great work for the Kingdom through their websites, such as EveryStudent.com or Jesus2020.com. LifeChurch with its iPhone Bible application is also doing well. We often collaborate with these organizations because they are innovators! We need more internet pioneers in the Kingdom, more Evangelist Entrepreneurs, and more Spirit-filled initiatives!

6. The story for Charisma magazine is about how new technological innovations are impacting the Church and the way it shares the Good News with the world. What do you see happening in this regard?

Today, we live in a global village. The Holy Spirit is starting little fires all around the world, and through the Internet, we can know about it in real time! I really believe that Americans have a strategic role to play by blowing on these little fires; blowing through prayer, through offerings, through technology, and through partnerships. With the help of Charisma readers and others, I believe that we will go to the next level. Our vision is big. By the year 2020, we believe it is possible to expose one billion seekers to the Gospel and see 100 million new believers in Jesus – all on the Internet! I believe that we will see it happen!

7. What else would you like to say?

I am French, but I love the American people. You always have the “We can do it!” attitude. I love it! As Christians, we need to seize the opportunity of the Internet age. The largest unreached people group in the entire world is those under the age of 30 years old – The Internet Generation! There is a dying world, and we can reach it. So let’s do it together! If you have a website, just go to widget.jesus.net and request your free Jesus.net widget today. You will then become part of this global harvest! If you don’t have a website, invite your friends to Jesus.net and see what God does in their lives! If you are on facebook, become a fan of facebook.com/jesus.net and spread the Word to the world!

*** Charisma ***

Charisma is a well-known magazine in the United States. It has nothing at all to do with the church of the same name. It has a readership of approximately 600,000 people. Charisma is going to publish its May 2010 issue on the theme of the vision of the Church in 2020. Since we are launching the widget Jesus.net in the USA, Charisma decided to ask us some questions. So here is a sneak preview for you on the TopBlog, their questions and my answers. I thought this would be very useful for all the people who ask themselves: what is Top Chretien? This week, I am publishing the first half, and next week, the second half. Enjoy reading the blog and please let me know what you think, I really enjoy reading your comments…

Charisma: Jesus.net, what is it?

Jesus.net is an evangelism concept that functions 24 hours a day.  The goal of Jesus.net is to help Internet users connect to God and then, encourage them to join a local church. Our mission is simple: “Reach the Internet Generation” thanks to the different Internet websites that we have such as, ConnaitreDieu.Jesus.net, actually available in the sixteen most used languages on the Internet. TopChretien.Jesus.net: a Christian resource website to edify, encourage, and connect Internet users with each other. MonEglise.Jesus.net: a website dedicated especially to new converts to connect them to a local church. Local partner churches in each country always follow up on the new converts. In summary, Jesus.net is “GloCal Evangelism”! A Global tool with loCal impact! Today, according to Alexa, which ranks the world’s websites, Jesus.net is the second most visited Christian website in the world, after BibleGateway.com and just before the Vatican’s website!

Charisma: How did it begin?

Everything began in 1997. I launched my first website that year as I was planting a church in Givors, a town in the Lyon region. At that time, I had no doubt that it was probably the first church website in the French-speaking world! Two years later, I launched TopChretien.com, a French Christian web portal. In ten years, this French website has received more than 50 million visits. But I had the heart of an evangelist! I have to tell you about my first job in Paris. I was 20 years-old and for eleven months, I was able to work with the 1986 Billy Graham Evangelism Campaign team in Paris. When, from the stage, I saw all the people coming forward in response to the call to receive Jesus, I prayed: “Jesus, here’s my life. Use it to help people to meet Jesus personally!” And that’s exactly what God did! Everything began with a simple call which then spread to France to reach today the nations of the entire world! Every day, 1500 to 2000 people say “Yes” to Jesus through Jesus.net. I am grateful to God, and I believe that these are only the small beginnings.

Charisma: I noticed that 1.7 million people have clicked to accept Jesus. How does that work?

Every day, more than 5 million people look for spiritual answers to their questions on the Internet. We buy ads on Facebook, Google, etc. to reach people who are seeking. We announce the Good News to them through a very simple series which ends with a prayer of repentance (ConnaitreDieu.com) Then, these people can let us know their decision by clicking “I have just prayed to accept Jesus.” They can also ask to receive a free Bible and to be put in contact with a spiritual counselor from a local church partner. The 1.7 million decisions that you have seen all come from people who have clicked “Yes, I prayed!” since 2005. Many of them come from Muslim nations. It’s marvelous. In December 2006, after launching the website in Arabic MaarifatAllah.Jesus.net, we were waiting for the first decision! A woman wrote this to us: “My name is Mariana. I am from Nazareth. I would like to invite Jesus to come into my life.” Wow! Can you imagine our joy! The month of December, the first person to accept Jesus on the website in Arabic is called, after a fashion, “Mary” of Nazareth! That doesn’t remind you of someone? It was a super encouragement for the entire team!

Charisma: Do your websites have preaching and music on demand?

Yes, according to the language used, the Internet user has access to different follow-up tools. One of them is an online church that presents the Gospel message to people who are seeking. Another tool is a four-week course based on a book by Nikki Gumbel, Why Jesus? and entitled WhyJesus.net! It’s a kind of “pre-Alpha” series online. In addition, of course, we have many Christian resources such as, audio messages, videos, etc. on our web portals TopChretien.Jesus.net and GodRev.Jesus.net.

Charisma: What is your reaction or what would you like to share on the subject of the 1.7 million people who accepted Jesus on your websites overall?

I am simply astonished and blessed. We developed an application enabling us to visualize decisions in real time on Google Earth (See decisions.jesus.net). Actually, on the average, every minute a person says “Yes” to Jesus. I bless God all the time. I am only a pastor in France, but one whose team now has a global impact. What a blessing! When I began in the ministry, I was particularly moved by this verse: “My grace is sufficient for you because my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) Therefore, I want to glory more and more in my weaknesses so that the power of Christ is manifested in my life. You must know that at the time I was beginning the Internet ministry, I experienced enormous attacks. The week that the Top was launched, I was seriously affected in my health and in a hospital bed, the doctors not knowing whether I would live or die! I know that if all of this exists today, it is by the grace of God. His grace is sufficient! No, this will never be Eric’s ministries (the Ministries of Eric)! It’s Jesus’ ministry! ADSL (A Dieu soit la louange) (To God be the praise)

More to follow…

Eric

*** Anti-Internet or "The Little Flock" Syndrome ***

I would like to propose to you the following blog written by Pastor Jean-Claude Guillaume. Jean-Claude, 81 years old, is a brother and friend, who has served the Lord with his wife Rakel for sixty years! Here’s the blog for your consideration…

I scrolled through the Internet users’ enthusiastic reactions to Eric Célérier’s blog “To the Ends of the Earth…“, which appeared February 5, 2010. Our brother recalls the modest beginnings of Top Chretien and its astounding development, with ConnaitreDieu.com in fifteen languages and its marvelous results. To the question that he asks at the end “Do you think that evangelism by internet is worth it?”, it seems evident that the only possible response would be an overwhelming, frank YES, and the Internet users were not mistaken on this point!

Nevertheless, I remarked that many of them alluded to a certain fringe of Anti-Internet, or perhaps we should say AntiTop Chretien diehards. Granted, this isn’t new, provided that the race of those “against all those for and for all those against” is far from being in danger of extinction!

It is interesting to ask ourselves about the deep-rooted causes of such an attitude. Let’s mention rapidly certain low-level reasons, such as frustrations, jealousies, diverse complexes, etc. it’s not worth paying much attention to them.

An idea came to me that certain persons of more noble intentions, could be infected, without their knowing it, by what I call “The Little Flock Syndrome”. Very impressed by the numerical disproportion between the Christian world and the ungodly world, these people seem to find refuge in a certain Scripture verse which, for them, has become the norm:

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32

Everything that precedes this verse is an exhortation by Jesus not to worry, even if we are only “a little flock”. However, this expression Jesus uses was never meant to be an apology for smallness, or narrow-mindedness, not to say mediocrity! Even so, this is what certain believed to have understood, and they have developed a kind of spiritual agoraphobia, that is to say a fear of all that is large and that evokes admiration.

From this fear comes, for example, the development of a suspicion towards the largest evangelical church in the world “Yoido Full Gospel Church” in Seoul, South Korea. My wife and I had the privilege to visit this extraordinary church in 1978 when it counted only 64,000 members, and which today numbers more than 800,000. In fact, its founder, David Yonggi Cho, a remarkable man of God, whom I knew very well since I was his interpreter several times, is suspected by certain “little flockists” of using shamanistic practices!

Then, you understand, more than 15 million people who have visited ConnaitreDieu.com and 1.5 million people who have said: “I prayed to receive Jesus Christ into my life!” – it’s shady, it doesn’t work with the idea of “The Little Flock”!

How God wants to make the scales fall from our eyes and make us understand that if he is the God of “The Little Flock”, he is also the God of the universe!

Jean-Claude Guillaume

And you, what do you think?

*** To the Ends of the Earth… ***

When I began TopChretien in my dining room in Givors, near Lyon, I would never have imagined that we would be on the Internet in fifteen languages! In fact, if you had told me that, I would probably have responded: “That’s impossible!” But what is impossible for man is possible for God!

When we launched ConnaitreDieu.com, Christian organizations in other countries were attracted to the website. Leaders of large ministries (certain ones with thousands of team members) came to see us asking: “Can you help us to have this website in our language?” And we responded: “We would like to try to do our part if you follow up on these persons to help them join local churches.”

>>In the photo, Rajesh Darsari, Director of CBN India; David Nolent, International Coordinator of ConnaitreDieu.com; John Martin, Director of the Media Department of CBN India.>>

Language after language, we are astonished and often filled with wonder to see God use this tool to spread his Word and lead Internet users all over the world to know him. Every 45 seconds, on the average, someone lets us know that he or she has prayed to accept Jesus on one of our websites. Already 15 million people have visited ConnaitreDieu and 1.5 million have said: ” I prayed to receive Jesus Christ into my life!” Thank you, Lord, for each one of these precious persons!

Have you visited this page of TopChretien where one can see the decisions in real time on Google Map? If you already have Google Earth installed on your computer, you can also see these decisions on it. It’s very impressive and makes you want to praise God with the angels in heaven! Why not spend 15 minutes a day praying in front of Google Earth remembering that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, Jesus, so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

On January 28, 2010, we went on-line with our 15th language: Hindi. We also put out an English version especially for India and two versions for cell phones, too. The Hindi website is http://parmeshwarkaprem.jesus.net/ and the English version is http://mahagod.jesus.net/. That makes four new websites in one day!

In India, the potential number of Internet users that we can reach is 81 million!

A team of seven persons is going to coordinate dozens of volunteers who will assure the follow-up of those who are open to faith in Jesus. These volunteers are part of CBN India. In addition, the Hindi website will be linked to an e-learning website called MahaJesus which lays down the foundations of the Christian life.

We didn’t have time to catch our breath because on Saturday, January 30, David Nolent, who supervises the development of ConnaitreDieu, and I left for Israel to find a team who could coordinate the website ConnaitreDieu in Hebrew. We are going to meet with Messianic pastors and organizations such as Jews for Jesus and Campus Crusade for Christ. Lots of meetings…

Would you pray for these new developments in India and our trip to Israel? We need your prayers and your fraternal support. We would also receive your gifts with much gratitude. (Make a donation)

Do you think that evangelizing on the Internet is worth it? Your opinion interests me a lot.