Our team recently joined with YWAM Paris for their ‘Paris Je T’aime’ summer of service outreach program. For two weeks we performed on the streets of Paris, sharing skits, dances, music and testimonies with locals and tourists alike. For the last two days we had the incredible privilege of perfoming at Trocadéro, right in front of the Eiffel Tower!
Our first day at La Tour Eiffel, I was feeling pretty down, struggling to talk with people, and feeling as though I was wasting this opportunity to do ministry in such an iconic location. My leader asked if I would share a testimony after we performed our skit, so I shared how I was feeling and told her I felt like I wouldn’t be able to do it well. After chatting, my leader recommended that I go and talk to God about it. Off I went; as I was praying I was reminded of Jesus’ words at the end of Matthew 28:20, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Feeling refreshed, I agreed to share my testimony with the crowd gathered around.
We performed our skit, which went really well, and I was super pumped as I began to tell my story. I shared about how I had struggled with a porn addiction and the way Jesus had helped me through it, bringing me into a place of freedom. I spoke of how Jesus loves us and wants the best for each of us and finished by sharing how
Jesus can bring freedom in the areas we feel most trapped, we need only to choose to hold onto and trust Him.
After I finished sharing, I didn’t make it far before three women practically ran up to me. One of the women translated while her friend began asking me questions. She shared that her boyfriend watched porn regularly and asked how she could help him. I was able to share more with her about my own experience and how prayer had played a huge role in bringing me into a place of freedom. We talked for a while and I was able to give her some advice, but it really came down to the fact that, although a Christian, her boyfriend didn’t want to get help from God, believing he could do it himself.
I invited my fiancée, Beth, to come and join the conversation. She was able to encourage the woman and tell of how she had helped me on my journey to freedom. We encouraged her to continue praying for her boyfriend and suggested she share our story of the power of prayer with him. Before saying ‘au reviour’ we were able to pray for her and her boyfriend, for which she was super thankful and appreciative.
This opportunity came from me sharing my story, despite feeling down. It came from me choosing to walk in the opposite way to how I felt and step out in faith.
Remember, God can use you, no matter what! All He needs is for you to be willing.
by Luke Smith
April Classic DTS student