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During the 1960s, the flow of immigrants from the West Indies coming to France had considerably increased: a large number of Christians were leaving the West Indies to study or work in France. Faced with this exodus, pastors Harold Alexander and Antoine Poulain, president and vice-president respectively of the Evangelical Church in Gaudeloupe (EEG), contacted some French pastors and the French Evangelical Federation (now the Réseau FEF) between 1975 and 1978. After several meetings guided by the Lord, they agreed together that there was a need for the EEG to get involved in evangelical work in France.
The EEG therefore decided, in collaboration with the World Team mission that had already planted hundreds of churches in the Caribean, to send two missionary couples to the Paris region. One couple, of American origin had already worked for 8 years in Guadeloupe and Martinique (Ann and Steve Miller); the other couple came from the islands (Esther et Eliézer Hamlet).
They moved to the East Paris region in 1979. This is how the Communauté Évangélique (C.E.) has planted successively the Communauté Évangélique de Paris-Est (C.E.P.E.) and the Église Protestante Évangélique de la Courneuve (E.P.E.C.).
On the 17th March 1987 an inaugural meeting was held to create the mission “Associations des compagnons pour l’évangélisation mondiale”, thus giving a structure to the work that had been started. On the 10th June 1992 this name was changed to “France V.I.E.”.