Arlin & Pamela HENDRIX
15 B chemin Sapinière
69330 Meyzieu, FRANCE
Telephone & fax: +33 478.04.13.06
E-mail: hendrixap@gmail.com

Sponsor Information
Poplar-Warner Church of Christ
Attention: Larry Byte
320 North Poplar
Guthrie, OK 73044
Telephone: (405) 282-6780
E-mail: lbyte@web-host.net

The Goal

Knowing that God has promised to give the increase if one preaches (1 Corinthians 1:17; 3:6), the Hendrix’ goal is to preach God's Word and to do it in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2).

The Hendrix' field has been Lyon since 1975. Knowing that God has promised to give the increase if one preaches (1 Corinthians 1:17; 3:6), Arlin & Pamela’s goal is to preach God's Word and to do it in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2). They have taught the Bible to hundreds of people of all nationalities and have given the opportunity to thousands more. A good number have been converted, but are now attending and working with churches elsewhere. There are now Christians, converted and/or trained in Lyon, who have gone to teach on the French-speaking island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean and to several African countries.

On numerous occasions the Hendrixes have been blessed to work with other French-speaking churches, either helping establish them or helping them grow. Besides evangelizing and teaching, they are presenting marriage seminars in French twice a year throughout Europe, Guadeloupe (Caribbean) and Mauritius (Indian Ocean). Over the years Arlin has made 20 teaching trips to Guadeloupe, one round with the preacher school in Benin, one to assist the mission in Burkina Faso, and one to the preacher school in Ivory Coast (all 3 in West Africa).

The work in Lyon, as is the case in most European countries, is slow for various reasons: tradition, culture, ignorance and materialism. It takes time to convert a Frenchman because one must first gain his confidence and then teach him from scratch as he has probably never read the Bible. So often he feels he has been duped by either religion or philosophy or politics or a combination of those, so he is wary of any "new teaching".

People sometimes ask: "But do you feel your time in Lyon has been wasted since there are so few members?" Arlin’s response is: "Not at all. We came to Lyon, according to Paul’s words, to preach Jesus Christ. In that respect, the response has always been 100%. Everyone we have taught has responded &endash; either ‘yes’ or ‘no’. We know that it is not our task to give the increase: that is God’s and God’s alone. We do our part of teaching and preaching, trusting in him, and he does his.

"We would certainly like to see more positive responses here in France. However, God has blessed us by letting us see additional fruit of our labors, through the influence of the Lyon work, in other fields of the world: places we might never have been able to reach without the work in Lyon. For that great blessing and encouragement, we are thankful and we praise God!

"God willing, ours is a long-term, perhaps lifetime commitment to the work in France and the French-speaking world. Our goal, to our dying day, wherever we are, will be to preach Jesus Christ and him crucified.

"We don’t know the total number of persons whose lives have been touched by the Gospel because people had the faith to send us to France. The apostle Paul wrote, 'How can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?' (Romans 10:14)

"Pray with us, please, for a spiritual awakening in France. Pray that a door may be opened for the Word of God, that God’s servants may proclaim the message with assurance, and that the Gospel may increase and bear fruit."