The village is probably one of the biggest French Basque villages, about 6000ppl and about 25min from Biarritz. But even the local graffiti reminds us: “Ici, ce n’est pas la France, c’est le pays Basque” translated: “This is not France, this is the Basque Country”.
Finally we found the church! Actually pretty modern and ‘evanglistic’ lots of brochures & flyers about what is the Bible, why believe, why come to church, etc. Sadly the flyer on the Bible it says to read the Bible you must go to mass on Sunday and hear from the priest. I’m not sure that our personal, public and small group SOAPs would have much place in a Catholic Church.
Another view in the town centre area. You can see the church, the presbytry (where the priest would live), the Basque cultural centre and the local primary school.
Pioneers has the Basque people listed as one of their “28 priority unreached people groups”. There is only 1 Basque house church in the whole of French Basque country. That is, 1 house church for around 250 000 people. There is no Reformed Church, no missionaries, no one that we know of who has a heart to see the Basque people hear the Gospel.
Church-planting in a Basque town like Ustaritz would be tough. Cold towards foreigners living in THEIR town, threatening the Basque culture, missionaries would need to be committed to learning both French and Basque language and culture. Getting involved in the community is renowned to be tough for outsiders. Who is God calling for this challenge?