L'Abri is a French word that means shelter. The first L'Abri community was founded in Switzerland in 1955 by Dr. Francis Schaeffer and his wife, Edith. Dr. Schaeffer was a Christian theologian and philosopher who also authored a number of books on theology, philosophy, general culture and the arts.
Today they have L'Abri communities in Europe, Asia, and in the Americas.
I was introduced to Dr. Schaeffer as an christian author from my father, Robert Pick, in the 70's when we lived in Liberia West Africa as missionaries. I remember my dad digesting Dr. Schaeffer's thoughts, insights and beliefs. Some of those titles where The God Who Is There, He is There and He Is Not Silent, and then in 12th grade English class I had a research paper to write and so I tackled the subject of humanism and I used Dr. Francis Schaeffer book called How Should We Then Live? The Rise and Decline of Western thought and Culture as one of my resources.
If you want to chew on a few thoughts stop by their website L'Abri Fellowship and read a few articles from the library. I think Dr. Frances Schaeffer had the gift of prophecy because so many of his conclusion on the direction of our society and the problems we face were spot on when he pinned them back in the 50's and 60's.
Pray for their ministry and they continue to be salt and light to our world.
Lord, thank you for those who cause us to think of you in a discerning way or shake the practice of our faith with questions of why or dare to question the direction the church is walking. Lord, every generation needs people who are willing to question the weakening of our faith or the direction we are compromising our beliefs. Lord, raise up Frances and Edith Schaeffer in our time, people who will call the church to be salt and light to this world of darkness. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen