*** 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

*** Pastors, I love you! ***

The title of this blog may surprise you, but if you have a pastor, ask yourself this question honestly: “When is the last time that I expressed my appreciation and my brotherly love to my pastor?”

I know that all of you who read this blog do not necessarily have a pastor or a local church. I also know that some of you have been hurt, sometimes even by a pastor. Nevertheless, I want to encourage you to look beyond your past experiences and to ask God for all His grace to go forward.

Pastors are human like we are. They are Christians like any other Christian. They are saved by the same grace and are even prone to the same struggles, to the same doubts, to the sames fears as all other Christians. Didn’t the Apostle Paul write: ” … conflicts on the outside, fears within … ?”

Pastors are part of the body. Sometimes they are identified under the wrong name of “Pastoral body”, yet it is a myth to believe that they are so far apart! They simply have a special function in the body, with this divine call “take care of my flock.” Someone has said that being a pastor is the finest vocation and the most difficult occupation.

I remember I once read in a forum that the pastor should be “the church carpet on which you wipe your feet when arriving!” And whoever wrote this really meant it, alas …

Before I devoted myself full time to developing Top Chrétien, I was the pastor of several churches for a dozen years. My wife, Muriel, and I experienced the joys of birth but also the sadness of funerals. Some events will remain forever etched in my memory, as the death of Christopher or Malvina … As I write these lines, I still cry thinking about the pain of their relatives at their premature death.

I also remember those who left the faith and the guilt that invaded me at that time: “And if I had not been a good pastor …?”.

I remember some difficulties, divisions in the body of Christ, which unfortunately leave scars on the heart that are difficult to heal. However, I also cannot help but remember the wonderful moments, such as the conversion of an unsaved husband, the homecoming of a prodigal son, the baptisms in the Spirit, healings, deliverances, souls saved … What grace to be a pastor in moments like these!

So pastor, it’s true, you’re not perfect! And I’m not either! Besides, who would be? If such a person exists, I do not believe that his vocation is to be a pastor!

Pastor, I love you and I tell you: “Be courageous!”

Your friend,

Eric

*** Persevere! ***

Oh yes! How we need perseverance: perseverance in trials, perseverance during sickness, and even perseverance when everything seems to be going well. The Bible says that it is by persevering in doing well that we inherit the promises!

And so, I would like to encourage you to persevere. Top Chrétien’s story is one of perseverance. If Top Chrétien still exists today, it is because many times we have had to persevere and wait for God’s help. And his help never fails to come! Someone once said that God’s help sometimes comes late but never too late! It’s those who persevere who are helped!

Jesus has often encouraged me not to give up ! And I have to admit that I have sometimes felt like it… May the one who has never felt like giving up, please tell me. I would like to know his secret.

A song has encouraged me during the years of sickness and opposition. It’s “Persévère” by Olivier Cheuwa. I even made it the ring tone on my telephone! Therefore, every time someone called me, even for a problem, I would let the phone ring a few seconds and I would hear:  persevere! oh oh, persevere… In this way, I was ready to face any situation.

Just recently, I discovered another song on perseverance composed and sung by my friend, Pastor Mohamed Sanogo of the Ivory Coast. I asked him if I could offer it to you. He said yes, so here it it, especially for you Top Blog readers whom I love so much. Mohammed and I dedicate it to all those who need to persevere. My friend, persevere!

This song is part of the album “Persévérez” available on Top Boutique

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*** Give It All You've Got! ***

I don’t know if you’ve heard of Seth Godin. He’s a well-known American writer especially in the fields of marketing and communication. He recently wrote the following blog which caught my attention and you are going to understand why:

This was sort of shocking, at least to me:

I was talking to a religious leader, someone who runs a congregation. She made it clear to me that on many days, it’s just a job. A job like any other, you show up, you go through the motions, you get paid.

I guess we find this disturbing because spiritual work should be real, not faked.

But isn’t your work spiritual?

I know doctors, lawyers, waiters and insurance brokers who are honestly and truly passionate about what they do. They view it as an art form, a calling, and an important (no, an essential) thing worth doing.

In fact, I don’t think there’s a relationship between what you do and how important you think the work is. I think there’s a relationship between who you are and how important you think the work is.

Life’s too short to phone it in.

This blog gets our attention, doesn’t it? I don’t know if Seth Godin is a Christian or not, but he puts the finger on an important point. Why and how we do things…

What he cites obliges me to examine myself. I am a little ashamed of what that religious person said for I, too, am what one would call a “religious leader”. I am one, not by career choice, but because I received a very clear call to serve God. I would never want that calling to be transformed into a job that I should accomplish to earn a living! However, I must likewise admit that certain days are also more difficult than others: fatigue, lassitude, personal battles, temptations, routine…And during days like those, I remember some very good advice that my wife forwarded to me, and that I try to put into practice: the three Es.

Energy: God gives strength to the weary one. Keep moving forward!

Enthusiasm: Do everything with the right attitude, for the Lord and with him!

Empathy: If I am interested in others, I forget my little mistakes. I am not the center of everything!

I hope this advice will be as useful for you as it has been for me.

And you, how do you live your work and your life? With all you’ve got or as an obligation?

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