Top Chrétien has experienced important events like, for example, launching the Thought for the Day, Top TV, KnowingGod.net, MonEglise.net or even this blog through which I am in direct contact with you 🙂
And we are actively preparing a small revolution for the beginning of the school year with the launching of Top Music. Also in preparation is version 2 of MonEglise.net which should become accessible on French TV via FreeBox. Isn’t that great?
Today, the challenge before us isn’t programming a new section, but it’s buying our offices. To sum it up, we rent space too small for our team in a large house, and we have the opportunity to buy the entire house and, as the Bible says, extend the borders of our tent.
The Monday after Pentecost Sunday, several Top Chrétien leaders and my friend from Quebec, Pastor Paul Goulet, were praying in my office. During this time of prayer, God clearly indicated to us that we should buy our offices. However, at that time, they were not for sale. The following week, we got a phone call from the owner announcing that he was going to sell them while up to that time he had preferred that we leave! What an incredible turnaround!
So, since that morning, I have been praying for this situation and asking God: What do we do? One morning, my daily Bible reading brought me to 1 Kings 7 when God tells Elijah to go to a widow’s house to be given something to eat. He tells him, “I have ordered a widow to give you something to eat.” However, when Elijah asks the widow for something to eat, she is surprised because she didn’t know about it…In fact, God had already ordered it in the heavenly realms, but it still had to happen on the earth. To feed Elijah, God was going to use a simple widow for whom virtually nothing remained to eat and who was just waiting for her son and herself to die. However, God had another plan for this woman, and through her generosity, he was going to bless her and her son! God will even make her a promise. ‘For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says, “The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord gives rain on the land.”‘ And later on, God even raises her son from the dead through the prophet that she had fed! What blessings flowed from her obedience!
This is how God showed me that he had ordered the purchase of our offices, and that he had even chosen Internet users to give for this purchase, even if they didn’t know about it yet! Maybe you are like this woman, surprised by this request, but if God wants to use you, he has even planned to bless you through your generosity, and to accomplish his word through you. I believe it with all my heart!
So, we are launching an information campaign for this project. For many years, we have chosen to be discreet in our requests for donations. Besides, 2 out of 3 Top Chrétien Internet users think that we do not make our financial needs known often enough (survey taken by 22,000 Internet users). We know how much money is a touchy subject in our French-speaking countries, and we do not want to hurt people’s sensitivity! However, it is also important that we make our needs known when we have them. And right now we have a very concrete and urgent need. For thirty days, Top Chrétien is going to very actively make this need known through the campaign: Together, Let’s Buy the Top Chrétien Offices! Of course, we are counting on God and our faith is in him. Nevertheless, we also believe that God wants to use each one of us to meet this need.
You can be part of the on-line campaign. Just click on this link
Thanks in advance for your prayers, your encouragement, your thoughts, and your generosity.