YWAM Bridges of Life is involved in ministry all over the southern French region of Occitanie, from our home base in the village of St. Hippolyte-du-Fort, to local outreach ministries located in Montpellier on the southern coast. Our campus consists of multiple buildings in the village of St. Hippolyte-du-Fort: the Château de Planque, which serves as our main base and outreach centre, and The Bridge, which contains a café that serves the public, and housing for hosting teams. Both are located within a seven-minute walk from each another.
Our main hub of operations is the Château de Planque. The Château is a refurbished building which dates back over 500 years. It is a building that effortlessly captures the French charm and architecture you would come to expect from a chateau.
For centuries, the Château has been a place of family life and architectural enterprises. On two occasions, it has been invaded and used as enemy headquarters: first with King Louis XIV's dragoon soldiers sent to suppress Huguenots and more recently in 1944 by SS Nazis seeking young French men evading service in their war effort. Now we like to say it is a location that hosts the invasion of the Holy Spirit and what God wants to do on earth, in our community, France, and all of Europe.
The Château is home to our kitchen, prayer room, dining room, dormitories, gardens, and more.
The Bridge is a four-storey building in the heart of the village that is an approximately seven-minute walk from the Château. The ground floor contains a café and a classroom used for training schools. The upper three floors are used for housing our students and hosting teams.
God has given us an amazing centuries-old Château as our base. We are developing some of the land as an organic garden and hope to add chickens in the future. Let us know if you would like to sow into the land, literally!
map of saint-Hippolyte-du-fort
Here is an overhead look of our town where you can see the Château, The Bridge, and any bus locations to get here. The walk from the Château to The Bridge is 600m (8 mins).