E-Team France Closing Ceremony Video

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Our experience in leading E-Team France was truly unforgettable. We had an amazing team of 9 teens from around the world and visited some incredible missionaries, churches, and sites. The believers in France are amazing. And, the need to share the gospel is huge. Less than 1% of France are believers. Less than 1%! I hope you will let that sink in. Its a sobering statistic.

In spite of this, there are some amazing things happening in the evangelical community of France. This video is such a short summation of our time in this incredible mission field. May God challenge you to support the work around the world by praying, giving, and going!

For more information on our missionaries in France or other parts of the world and how you can get involved please visit; Free Will Baptist International Missions

For more information about E-Team please visit; E-Team

Hello Kirby Church!

Our family is super excited to be joining the staff at Kirby Church in Flat Rock, Michigan. Our first official Sunday will be July 15th. Here's a quick video Julie and I made for the church while in France.

Working in Chateaubriant, France

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Yesterday, our E-Team was privileged to work with the only evangelical church in the city of Chateaubriant, France. Missionaries, Steve& Becky Riggs have started this work in this city of approximately 12,500 people. It also serves as the county seat making a central hub for activity.

Our team purchased and installed flooring for the church. As well as tear out a couple of walls.  We worked along side Jean-Charles, one of the men who is helping plant the work. It was an amazing day for our entire team. The need to share the gospel here in France is beyond words. I'm so thankful for our missionaries serving here in this great country and the eternal impact that is being made!


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Our time in France has been amazing! You can read updates from our team members on the FWBGO.COM website.

Our theme verse for E-Team is Matthew 7:20 "Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them."

My prayer for our team (including myself) is that we will grow in our relationship with Christ and in following Him we will produce fruit - much fruit. Our group has grown close. We have been amazed by France - the need, the believers, our missionaries, and so much more. 

Please keep praying for us as we continue to dive deeper in our relationship with Jesus!



Sunday, June 17, 2012

Our team enjoyed an incredible meal last night at Matt & Christina Price's home. One special treat was letting our team try escargot!

An Interview in Nantes, France.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Today we were privileged to here Myriam and Deborah’s testimony. Please check out the video.

We have arrived in France!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Our entire team made it to France today! Here's a quick video of our journey from Nashville to Nantes.

You can also read updates written by our team members HERE.

Many more pictures are posted on my Facebook Page.

Thank you to our family and friends!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tonight we decided to do a thank you video to our family and friends. Our team is flat out hilarious! I love how close we have become in such a short amount of time. I’m thankful for each of our team members, their passion and love for Christ is contagious.

Please pray for our team, the missionaries we will visit, and the ministry opportunities along the way.

E-Team Leaders to France!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

On Tuesday, June 4th Julie, Kassidy, Klaire, and myself drove to the FWBBC campus to begin our team leader training for E-Team. We are so excited to be leading E-Team France! For those of you who have never heard of E-Team, here is a basic description from FWB International Missions site:

E-TEAM is a life-changing, short-term summer missions experience for students who have just completed grades 10, 11, or 12. The program provides a week of intensive training and two weeks of hands-on cross-cultural experience where students learn from and serve with Free Will Baptist missionaries. The experience wraps up with a time of debriefing and closing ceremonies.
Groups consist of seven to nine students led by an adult couple. Destinations have included Japan, France, St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Chicago, Mexico, Spain, Uruguay, Panama, Brazil, and Cuba.

We will train with other leaders for a few days then our teens will arrive on Thursday, June 6th. Then, on Wednesday, June 13 we will fly to Paris to meet up with our host missionaries. Julie and I are so excited about this opportunity! We have wanted to be a part of this amazing ministry for over 15 years but just couldn’t work into our crazy busy schedules. Please pray for us as we lead. Also, pray for our daughters – Karlee will be on a missions trip in Florida with Campus Crusade, Kassidy will attend two church camps and Klaire will get to hang out in Illinois with her grandparents.

A very hard decision...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

This week, I formally announced my resignation as the state side administrator for The Hanna Project. This decision comes after more than six months of prayer and deep soul searching. It was hard. Very hard.

The last few years have been very special for our family. God has allowed us to rub shoulders with men and women we consider to be heroes. He has blessed us with an amazing church, jobs, opportunities for our children, neighborhood, home, and so much more. We are extremely thankful.

And yet, God’s leading back into church ministry has been very clear. We are extremely thankful for this opportunity and look forward to all God has for us at Kirby Church.

Many have asked about when we will move? Well, we haven’t nailed that down yet. More than likely our family will transition around the middle of July – either before or after the FWB National Convention.

Please say a prayer for us as we take this leap of faith. Transition for our girls, job for Julie, house to sell, finding a place to live, saying good bye’s, saying “hello!” We are thankful for all of our friends and family – for the love and support, kind words, and prayer. And, we are looking forward to following God in this next phase of our lives.  

We are moving.

Monday, June 4, 2012

We are moving.

Today I formally announced my resignation. Here is the official press release.

Wilson Moves Back into Church Ministry
Antioch, TN—Joe Wilson, stateside administrator for The Hanna Project (THP), announced his resignation today, June 4, 2012. He has accepted a position with Kirby Free Will Baptist Church in Michigan. “I’ve loved the years I’ve spent with International Missions and THP. However, my pastor’s heart has missed serving a local congregation of believers,” Joe explained. “At Kirby, I’ll have the opportunity to exercise my pastoral gifts as well as practice, in a local church context, my passion for reaching the world for Christ.”
Wilson transitioned into his THP role on September 1, 2010, after a tremendously successful 14-month assignment as special project coordinator for the Go10 Walk for the World.
“My understanding and love of missions has grown exponentially over the past three years,” Joe stated. “And my respect for our missionaries, along with the IM staff, has soared to new heights. They are some of the most dedicated and hard working people with whom I have had the privilege to serve.”
“In recent months, Joe has added incredible enthusiasm and dedicated effort to aiding the 2012 World Missions Offering efforts,” stated Mark McPeak, director of advancement. “He helped provide continuity as Sam McVay returned to Spain and I re-joined the Mission team. We will greatly miss Joe’s enthusiasm, can-do spirit, and positive attitude.”
General Director Clint Morgan echoed McPeak’s sentiments adding, “Joe has left an indelible mark on THP and the IM family. Although we will greatly miss him, we cannot discourage him from following the Lord’s leading.”
According to Morgan, the effective date of Wilson’s departure has not yet been established. “Joe and his wife Julie plan to fulfill their commitment to lead E-TEAM France. Training for leaders begins tomorrow and E-TEAM responsibilities do not conclude until June 28,” Morgan explained.
“It is my desire,” said Wilson, “to finish my time here well. When I return from France, I will need a few weeks to tie up loose ends and leave things in good order for my successor.”
“I commend Joe for the work he has done, and the attitude with which he has done it,” Morgan said. “It is my prayer that God will bless him and his family as they transition to ministry in Michigan.”