by STACEY HEANEY
A MOIRA woman who spent time in France
helping her husband build a Baptist church has told her story in
a new book.
Joan Crory's account of her time, 'A French
Adventure', will be launched this (Saturday) in Moira Baptist
Church Hall at 8pm.
Joan and her husband George, who was a
Baptist Pastor before retiring four years ago, spent nine years
in Central France where they overcame the language barrier to
befriend the local community and plant a Church which is still
Joan explained: "This book is a personal
story of nine years in France with Baptist Missions, trying to
plant an Evangelical Church."
The couple were in France from 1985 to 1994
and Joan explained their journey started when a young man they
knew returned home while working in France.
"We saw him when he came home to visit and he
was very tired and we felt that God was saying to us to go and
help him out, so we applied to the Baptist Missions."
Joan said the move to France, which meant
leaving behind their two daughters Pauline and Fiona and their
son Peter, had been difficult for the whole family.
"Our younger daughter was 17 when we left and
because we lived in a Manse when we left, they had to find a new home, so it
was hard for them," she said.
Joan added: "We were in a small place called
Trevoux, and set about planting an Evangelical Church in
"In a lot of towns in France there is no
Evangelical place to worship at all. The brief was to plant a
little Church there and we did, it's still there and still
going, which is great."
Joan's journey in France wasn't all plain
sailing, however, and she and George found the language barrier
quite difficult to cross. "The biggest headache was the
language" she explained. "We went to language school in Paris
for nine months before we arrived in the town. We went to a
small village where we didn't know a soul and we used to invite
our neighbours in one by one to get to know them, which in
France is very unusual. Here we are very welcoming, but in
France they are different with people they don't know, so it was
quite unusual to invite strangers into your home."
Joan concluded, "This book is my personal
account of what it was like to be there and start something from
Joan's book 'A French Adventure', will be
available from Faith Mission, Vic Ryn and all Christian Outlets.
Everybody is welcome to attend the launch tomorrow at 8pm, at
which she will be giving a talk.