Mike and Elva Farrell's missionary career.  After arriving in France in  April
1982, we settled in a southern suburb of Paris and enrolled in language 
school.  That took about 2 years.  During that time we helped  out in a limited
way another missionary in his church  in Bretigny-sur-Orge.  After language
school, we teamed up with  another missionary to work in La Rochelle, on
the west coast of France.  We  stayed there for 2 years.  A family in that
church told us about their home  town, Reims, in the north-east of France. 
They even accompanied us on a  scouting trip over a weekend.  La Rochelle and
Reims are about 7  hours drive away from each other.  Reims is a city of
about  200,000 people, the 12th largest city of France, and didn't have a
Baptist  church, or even a Bible-believing church of any kind!!!  So we decided to
settle in Reims after our furlough in 1986.  We held services in our 
apartment living room for 4 years.  At first, our main ministry  was to
university students, although every now and then other people  would show an
interest in spiritual matters.  In 1990 we moved out of  the apartment and into a
house that had a nice garage that we transformed into a  church meeting
place.  We stayed there for the next 7 years.  The Lord  saved souls and the
church grew.  By 1997 we were in a position to purchase  and renovate a
warehouse downtown.  The bank loan was completely paid  off in 2004.  In 2008 the
church invited a graduate of the French  Baptist Bible College to do a
pastoral internship with us.  Now the  internship is coming to an end, and on
January 24, 2010 the church will vote  whether or not to call Emmanuel to be
their first French pastor.  Praise  the Lord!

The work in Reims is finished and the Farrell's are now serving in Rouen, Northwest of Paris.