Category Archives: French partnership

American comments on French visit

The following were comments made on Facebook by members of First Baptist Church of Rincon about the youth group visiting from Colombes, France. Each has given their permission to share their thoughts:

Sherri Gordy Many, many thanks to all those who offered prayers, prepared and served meals, provided gifts and transportation, opened your homes and hearts, and made our new friends from France feel welcome and loved. Their passion for the Lord is contagious. I am honored to be part of a church that makes things happen for Jesus. The week would not have been possible without the direction of God and many hands and hearts working hard behind the scenes. You all know who you are, and I thank you for all you have done.

Christina Cleveland Glendye I was not able to be around them a whole lot, but when I was, I was so blessed! Sherri, thank you for everything you did to make this trip so special and meaningful to them!

Elodie Couratier Lockhart Are you done drying your eyes? lol It was great week!

Sherri Gordy Yeah, thanks for making me cry! You could have translated Pastor Thierry’s words into something funny! I was truly overwhelmed with his kind words and humble appreciation. It was a very great week.

Becky Harrison Cowart A BIG thank you Sherri!! There are no words to express the amazing job you did this week. The French group were deeply touched and blessed and we were touched and blessed as well. Thank you for letting God use you in such a wonderful way.

Dana Brackett Flood Sherri, you are amazing! From the itinerary, the daily dinner groups, tickets, phone calls, text, everything was detailed perfectly! God blessed our family with this experience!

Elodie Couratier Lockhart ‎@ Sherri… I cried because you cried and because I was feeling the same as Pastor Thierry…. You did a great job! God is awesome!

French team safely home

Pastor Thierry Auguste called me from France this morning to say that they had a good trip home and he received many text messages from the parents of the youth saying they cannot stop talking about the wonderful time they had in America. Pastor Thierry wanted to thank the Lord and thank our church and especially Sherri Gordy, our organizer, for making it such a great experience of ministry and fellowship.

Au revoir! French youth depart

French youth depart

The youth group from Centre Evangelique Protestant of Colombes, France departed on Sunday afternoon, October 30. Donna, the bus driver, is the red-haired lady standing, and Elodie, our French church member who translated, is sitting below Donna. Their airplane departed the Savannah airport shortly after 4:00 p.m. (16:00 hours) on Sunday.



While riding canoes in the Ebenezer Creek, the French youth saw an alligator on the shore!

French youth canoe

French youth canoe

The French team road canoes down the Ebenezer Creek north of Rincon, and saw beautiful cypress trees in the water.

French youth sing at carnival

French youth sing at carnival

The youth from Colombes, France sang at the Country Carnival at First Baptist Church of Rincon.

Enjoying football

Enjoying football

French youth group were amazed at the action at the American football game.

Going shopping

Going shopping

The French team enjoyed shopping in Savannah on Saturday. Sherri Gordy (wearing the “Georgia” shirt) was the American coordinator for the trip. She did a wonderful job, and Sherri was able to join us. We were also very grateful to the host homes and to the bus drivers: Donna Avera, Larry Matthews and Bryan Gilde.

French watch American football

French watch American football

The French team enjoyed seeing an American football game. They really enjoyed the atmosphere of the game and the very good team from Savannah Christian School, which won 45-0.

French youth sing at Country Carnival

French youth sing at Country Carnival

The French youth group sang at the Country Carnival at First Baptist Church of Rincon. This was an outdoor festival for families of the community at the church.

A crab!

A crab!

Pastor Thierry finds a crab on Tybee beach.

Ferry across Savannah River

Ferry across Savannah River

Youth from France ride the ferry across the Savannah River, looking back at the city of Savannah.

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Youth from Colombes, France visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah.

French youth enjoy day of touring Savannah

The youth group from France enjoyed touring Savannah on Thursday. They visited the beach at Tybee Island, and saw dolphins in the ocean and even found a crab on the beach.
They visited First African Baptist Church, the oldest black church in North America, and saw where it is believed that escaping slaves were hidden in the “underground railroad.”
They saw the beautiful cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and the fountain at Forsyth Park. After walking on River Street, they rode a ferry across the Savannah River to come home, tired from a long day.

French youth visit Old Fort Jackson

French youth visit Old Fort Jackson

The youth from Colombes, France visited Old Fort Jackson, a fort on the Savannah River. The guide pretended to be a Confederate soldier who had the youth pretend to be soldiers and march into the fort.