We are Keith and Carmen McFaul. We met in a church while attending college in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1985, and were married 2 years later. Keith came to faith in church as a young child, while Carmen, who was raised in a French Roman Catholic home, came to faith while in college, as a result of hearing biblical teaching on Christian radio.
Keith has longed to serve cross-culturally since his college days, where he made many friends who were international students and began traveling overseas. However, we both needed the time to mature in faith, doctrine, and life.
During our married years, the Lord has provided both of us opportunities to work, travel, and minister abroad. Keith eventually earned degrees in Divinity and Theology, and then, the Lord provided an opportunity to serve as pastor of a church in Oak Harbor, WA, where he continues to serve, while preparing to minister abroad in France.
We are attracted to ministry in France for a number of reasons, first, because of Carmen’s background. Her parents occasionally spoke French in the home and she received basic French lessons as a child. She also studied French in college and while homeschooling our children. Secondly, during a 2015 trip to France to visit our son, a university exchange student, we realized the great need for churches in France, where less than 2 percent of the population is evangelical. You may visit many empty Cathedrals, but there are few places to worship in truth. Thirdly, we recognized that our own city has an abundance of churches, while most cities in France may have no evangelical churches. The needs are great in France.
Kenton (& Kim), Carolyn
We hope to minister in France by evangelizing, disciplining, and planting churches in the Paris region and areas further west in France.
The local French people are spiritually empty and do not see their need for Christ’s atoning work on the cross. At the same time, Paris has become a melting pot of nations, who are seeking work, refuge, or advancement. Recently, some French families have been expressing anxiety regarding the current European turmoil and appear more attentive to the gospel. It is an opportune time to minister to many nations at one time and in one place for the glory of God.
Primary Prayer Request:
1. Transition of our church to a new Pastor
2. Better learning of the French Language
3. God’s provision of prayer and financial partners
4. Continued opportunities to share the gospel