Today we ride in France to the coast. Here in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais, we still feel and see Flimish influences all around us. The steel industry and agriculture bring work to this area making it this the most densely populated area outside of Paris. This will be the first time Orchies has hosted the Tour, and Boulongne-sur-Mer is a port city that dates back to the Romans. Mankind has called this region home for along time. Yet with all the richness in history each new generation must make their own personal choice concerning Calvary and the Cross of Christ. Pray for the churches and for the people who call this region home. Pray for many to look to the Cross and accept the reedeming work of Calvary for themselves.
Father we thank you for the region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais and for all the history that has happened here in this place. But, Father the individuals that live here today must look back and see the cross and see your Son. Let them realize their need for You as Father, and Jesus as Savior. Lord, as the word of God is shared with people today, we pray that Your Word will be planted in hearts and the ground will be fertile and that Your truth will take root here. We pray all these things in the name of Jesus. Amen