Meet Steve and Becky Riggs, IM Missionaries to France
Hey everybody! Our names are Steve & Becky Riggs and we serve in France. I (Steve) was born in Nashville, TN, and Becky in Highland Park, MI. We both grew up in the Central FWB Church at Royal Oak, MI (presently Central Oaks Community Church) where we were part of a strong youth group and had a constant influence of missionaries in our lives. In some ways, it was almost normal when we attended Welch College that our hearts were already turned towards serving Christ in an unreached area of our world. It was while serving a year as short-term missionaries in France in 1980 that the Lord opened our hearts to see the needs of France for the gospel.
We love the French people and consider it a real privilege to serve the people in Châteaubriant. Pray with us that the church family will grow in number and be a strong witness for Christ in this area of France. And while we have loved serving in France, our greatest joy in life is still our four children, Daniel (wife Gwenaëlle and children Bleuenn and Maëlic), Brian, Laura, and Johanna!
People don’t tend to think of France as a place that needs the Gospel but in reality, it is perhaps one of the most unevangelized countries in the world. After further training at Columbia International University, we came back in 1984 as career missionaries. It has been our privilege to be part of teams starting works in Lorient, Nantes, and presently we are helping to see a church established in a city called Châteaubriant. Recently, with the generous help of Christians like you, our small church family was able to purchase and renovate a building for a visible place of worship. To our knowledge, it is the first time in nearly 500 years that a Protestant church has owned property in this town.
Only 10% of French people attend a church of any kind and less than 2% would consider themselves to be evangelical.
How they are ministering to people in France
1Pastor and Teaching God's Word
Presently, I (Steve) serve as pastor of the church family in Châteaubriant. I think one of my greatest joys is teaching God’s Word in French.
2Teaching and tutoring
Becky is involved in teaching English and tutoring students through a local association.
We spend a lot of time one and one with friends we have made through different activities such as golf, nordic walking, or helping out at the Croix Rouge (Red Cross).
How you can pray for Steve and Becky
- For believers in France to be encouraged and faithful as they live in an increasingly atheistic society.
- For the church family in Châteaubriant to grow and be a strong witness for Christ in this area.
- For our personal witness to many friends who God has brought into our lives.
You can partner with Steve and Becky to reach the people in France with the Gospel.