“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV

“Years ago I started posting verses on our bedroom walls,” Christiane says. “Verses of comfort to encourage me in my daily life, verses of reminder, verses of hope. Time and again, I received this strength from my bedroom wall on a posted verse. When my weak hands couldn’t join hands to pray or refused to open the Bible, when my heart had no words left, my eyes couldn’t help but see that call from the wall!”

Little by little, the idea of offering this gift to others was born. Christiane, a pastor’s spouse living in Vernouillet, France, began creating objects inscribed with encouraging verses—keychains, baby bibs, paper frames—sharing the projects with youth and children in her church. Two sisters with a talent for sewing stepped forward from the congregation to join Christiane in her mission.

“They had a machine at home and set to work for the Lord,” Christiane says. “I was touched by their enthusiasm.”

One young woman started crafting candles at home (Christiane adds verses on labels), providing students from the congregation an opportunity to jump in and help. Another member is gifted in confectionery, concocting candy packs with verses on the bags. Yet another creates pieces of jewelry. As others step forward, Christiane says God will reveal the group’s future path.

“We are counting on our Lord to reveal talents, inspire us and provide the necessary materials to launch this work,” she says.

Christiane and her team distribute the scripture gifts in various ways, including local markets and community events, but often it’s as simple as a friend-to-friend gifting, prompted by God.

“Our Lord, the master of circumstances, creates the circumstances himself,” she says. “It’s up to each one of us to listen to the Holy Spirit and take advantage of the opportunity God will give us to offer this object bearing a strand of the Word. God will take care of the rest himself, as he answers our prayers accompanying the object.”

The group has undertaken prayer for the Dreux region (around 80 km outside of Paris), because the team believes “that we are all on a mission in the place where God has placed us,” Christiane says. “We want to see the Word enter the homes in our region by whatever means necessary. For the Word strengthens, the Word comforts, the Word heals, the Word restores, the Word gives life, the Word saves.”

Through inscribing scripture onto everyday objects, Christiane says the team encourages people to discover the Bible for themselves, “challenging them to awaken this desire to know the truth.”

Verses are inscribed on picture frames, baby garments, jewelry, mugs, and more. One day the team hopes to inscribe objects in braille, to provide these same encouraging creations to the visually impaired. Christiane says this is because nothing touching everyday life is outside of the realm of scripture.

“The Bible covers every possible theme,” she says. “You have to be able to create astonishment to arouse curiosity. And God knows how to respond to the curiosity of a sincere heart with his Holy Spirit.”

While the ministry is new, Christiane is excited that it is an inclusive opportunity for her congregation. “Everyone can participate in his or her own way,” she says, “whether young, old, or young at heart.” No one is disqualified from drawing others nearer to Jesus, she adds. “We all have at least one talent, big or small, to make the Word catch someone’s eye or ear.”

Christiane Terriat, and Johanna Terriat.

Josie Talbot, Noéline Marendon, Françoise Fevre, and Claudine Mahoic.

-written by Christiane Terriat, edited by Sarah Norris