*** 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

*** To Your Mobile Device! ***

The Internet has become mobile. More and more people connect to the Internet using a smartphone (iPhone, Android phone, Blackberry …). Perhaps you are already one of them?

The future of the Internet is clearly mobile. Top Chrétien could not wait too long without reacting and offering a quality mobile solution. It’s already available!

After having made some attempts with WAP a few years ago, our team seriously considered the need in recent weeks and is now responding with a mobile version much more like an application.

If you have a smartphone with an Internet connection, I invite you to discover this little revolution. To do this, simply type topchretien.com in the Internet browser of your smartphone, and if it is compatible, you will be redirected to topchretien.com/touch, the mobile version of the Top.

We want to give you what you are looking for the most on the Top, such as the Thought of the Day (with the possibility of leaving feedback), the Bible, TopMessages (with audio), TopFamily, etc.

I especially like the Bible because it can be found in 5 French versions and also listened to on audio. I find it very convenient and such a blessing.

I would like to thank the entire Top team and, in particular, Florent Maillefaud who especially devoted himself to this new development. Thank you also to our Top Chrétien donors who allow us to continue to develop new free tools to serve our Internet users.

If you have a smartphone, could you test the mobile version of Top Chrétien? Leave me your impressions, comments, bugs, ideas … below and our team will take them into account with great interest.

Everyone! To your mobile device! Have fun!

Together for changed lives,

Eric Célérier

PS If you do not have a smartphone and still want to see what it looks like, click here.

*** A Tribute to Jean-Claude Guillaume ***

Jean-Claude and Rakel Guillaume

Thursday, January 13, 2011, just before his 82nd birthday, the Lord took home the man who was the president of Top Chrétien for many years. He was also a counselor, a brother, and a friend. Seeing him go will leave us a great void, but through this blog, it is also with a heart full of hope that I honor the memory of this man of God. Over 60 years of ministry gave him exceptional wisdom and credibility.

His last contribution on Top Chrétien was September 26, 2010. I find that it represents him very well. Here’s what he wrote:

“How wonderful it is in the evening of life to find ourselves even more attached to each other after more than sixty-one years of life together! For us who are faced with the uncertainties of old age, the time of seduction is over, but we still have a pure love and profound gratitude to God for the great gift he gave us by giving us to each other! “

Jean-Claude was responding to a blog posted by Samuel Foucart entitled: “Blog Strongly Recommended to Men.” Jean-Claude loved Samuel, and he loved Top Chrétien and its entire team. He joined the Top team in November 2003, very shortly after the establishment of the full-time team. I asked Jean-Claude if he would join the team after receiving direction from God in a prophetic word given at Philadelphia Church. From 2004 to 2008, he also became President of the French-Speaking Top Chrétien Association. On the Top, Jean-Claude published more than 400 messages, to which many Internet users responded (over 200), and also messages of wisdom addressed to Pastors called “Heart to Heart” (over 100). Find all his posts here.

I would like to defer to a few Top teammates who knew him in recent years:

Sharmion Foucault: Jean-Claude and I had a special kind of complicity! It was his message on the occasion of  “5 years of the Top” that inspired me and incited me to make the verse he quoted (Psalm 127.1) in calligraphy for your desktop, Eric! We have always had the same concern for the Top: never to forget who the Great Webmaster of this beautiful work is, our Lord and Savior, Jesus! Success sometimes can have adverse effects, and we shared this concern whenever we met. We lost a sentinel. I send my affection, Eric … even though we are happy for him … how difficult it is  to lose a loved one!

Didier Biava: I enjoyed Jean-Claude’s humor and as Samuel Taylor said “The essence of humor is sensibility.” Jean-Claude was a sensitive man, it was his sense of humor that characterized him so well.

Muriel Celerier: Although already advanced in years, Jean-Claude was passionate about the Internet and, in particular, Top Chrétien for which he was available from the beginning. Always ready to answer Internet users’ difficult questions, he was a great help for us. Whenever there was a storm, with his Olympian calm, he always had his sense of humor to make us smile. Also, when Rakel accompanied him, I noticed the deep love that united them and the kindness he had for his wife; they were beautiful to watch, both of them, arm in arm …

David Nolent: I will remember Jean-Claude as a big brother, truly humble before God and always ready to serve others. I will particularly remember his excellent sense of humor, which I admit was far superior to mine. :) You helped me really want to be more like Jesus, Jean-Claude, and I’ll miss you on this earth!

Carolle Wright: I will always remember Jean-Claude as gentle, humble, as one who loved the Word of God with his little touch of appropriate humor. He greatly assisted me in the management of the Thought of the Day, and his comments were always relevant and non-judgmental. I loved him very much and I will miss him. Nevertheless, I am glad he is now joyful and without suffering in heaven with God. For me, he was a true servant!

Nathalie Almont: The very first time that my path and Jean-Claude’s crossed was at church. I was very young in the faith, and I saw this white-haired man with a white beard go up on the platform and enthusiastically share the message of the Bible. My first words in listening to him were: “Wow, he looks like Abraham!” Jean-Claude touched me with the wisdom that he emanated, the place he gave the Word of God in his life, and his firm faith in Jesus.

Stephan Piauger: His humor and creativity will leave on my life an imprint  colored with good humor, music, wisdom, and passion for God. After so many years of dedicated service to our Lord, he is now with him for eternity. For me, he remains an example, a friend and a brother.

Nathalie Texier: If I had to remember just one thing about Jean-Claude, it would be the example of his great wisdom and humorous insight! For me, he was a model of open-mindedness and of loyalty in his commitment with us at the Top. He taught me that sometimes wisdom rimes with boldness and that what matters most is to be consistent with God’s will even against all odds! Jean-Claude taught me to always keep looking up at our Daddy and to never doubt his help! His departure makes me sad, but he is better where he is now, at least he no longer suffers and we will see him again in great shape!

Michael Foucault: Three words come to mind when I think of Jean-Claude: Sentinel,  French, and Humor. Jean-Claude was present at moments when the enemy tried to destabilize us. His mastery of the French language allowed us to offer a number of corrected texts that have blessed thousands of Internet readers. His oral and written contributions were always imbued with a joyful sense of humor, even during periods when he was very ill. At all times, he showed us the grace of God in his attitude.

Yes, Jean-Claude will be missed. But one day we will be together again with the one we love and serve: Jesus Christ. See you soon, dear friend.

Together for changed lives,

Eric Célérier

PS: The funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Evangelical Church “Peace Alliance”, 16 rue Charlemagne – 02200 Soissons, France. All our condolences to the family and friends.

*** 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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*** 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

*** What if We Offered All Christian Music Free-of-Charge? ***

The Internet has changed lots of things in our lives, hasn’t it? Even the way we listen to music.

Cassette tapes are already a part of ancient history and maybe very soon, gone the good ole’ CD… it’s time for downloads!

Oh, yes, those famous downloads… At first, they were illegal with lots of hacking. But we have to admit that an easy way to buy music online just didn’t really exist. Then, new systems appeared like iTunes, for example. Now, it’s very easy to buy music online; so, no more excuses for hacking! Things seem to be coming back into order and the music industry has reset the standard, at least in the secular music field. And that’s good, artists need to be able to produce and live! Let’s hope, and especially act, to bring back this standard to our Christian music environment, too.

Did you know that websites for free listening are on the Internet, such as Last FM or Deezer? So, we started dreaming at the Top: Why not create a platform for listening to Christian music free-of-charge? In this way, we would make the French-speaking Christian artists known throughout the French-speaking world. If someone likes a certain artist, he could order the CD at a store or buy the songs by downloading.

We also became aware of this through our large survey in 2009 (Together, Let’s Improve the Top). Out of 18,000 respondents, 14,000 wished for a music section on the Top. Those results spoke loudly!

So, we began to consult with Christian artists who, in general, have reacted very positively. Special mention goes to Youth with a Mission (YWAM) who is putting its entire catalog for free listening on TopMusic … Surprises will rain down! I would like for all the Christian labels to do the same and for all the Christian artists to be there. Become leaders! Offer our resources and see God bless us! Would somebody say “Amen”?

No business transactions for the Top since we gain nothing on sales. The sales, particularly those relating to downloads, go to the artists. And I hope many of you will encourage them by buying their albums! At the Top, we will pay taxes to the SACEM who will then redirect them to the registered artists. Thanks to the donors of the Top, we will also pay for the significant costs of bandwidth that the service will generate: thousands of dollars each year …

So why do it? Our mission is to proclaim the Gospel and encourage Christians. Music is a great way to achieve both goals. In addition, we will encourage Christian artists by promoting them. So why not do it? This is planned for Sept. 6th with the launching of a new section on Top Chrétien: TopMusic.

What do you think? Do you like this idea?

Together for changed lives,

Eric

*** Should we discontinue TopInfo? ***

As you must know, the web portal TopChrétien offers various services such as TopMessages, its well-known Thought for the Day, TopFamily, TopTv, TopBible, etc. The main purpose of each one of these sections is to encourage Christians in their relationship with God.

TopInfo is one of the sections that attracts the most visitors. Its objective is to inform. Up to now, we have gathered information and then proposed the news that seems pertinent and interesting to the visitors of our portal. Every day thousands of people go to TopInfo and many comment on the different articles.

However, in the history of TopChrétien, I noticed that our problems often come from this section. For example, certain subjects (homosexuality, abortion, Islam, ecumenism, politics, …) regularly create controversy. In addition, we sometimes get complaints from disgruntled visitors. Some Christians do not understand why we have released this or that information and form a negative opinion of TopChétien through the narrow lens of one single article.

Moreover, following the dissemination of information from a Jewish Agency considered defamatory, we lost a lawsuit against an Islamic association, and we were forced to pay 15,000 € in damages and interest. It is the only lawsuit that we have suffered in the space of ten years, but logically, it has caused some changes in how we work.

Finally, after years of loyal service, Didier Biava, – who insured the information gathering – preferred to discontinue this service to focus on our evangelism website, ConnaitreDieu.com (KnowingGod.net). A big thank you to Didier for all those years of dedicated service to Internet users.

You probably now understand better the title of this blog! Should we discontinue TopInfo?

Personally, I see three options:

1 / Discontinue TopInfo, despite the large number of visitors, considering that this service no longer has its place in TopChrétien.

2 / Limit TopInfo to a feed aggregate (like Google News). TopInfo would automatically retransmit information from other Christian news sites.

3 / Transform TopInfo, so that the service is more consistent with the overall vision of TopChrétien: evangelism, encouragement, interaction and communication.

What do you think? The TopChrétien Team and I would love to hear your opinions and ideas. Tell us which option you prefer and why.

Together for changed lives,

Your friend, Eric

*** 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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