A moment of sun.

I've been helping the Workmans for over a decade, my name is Samsonite, and I'm afraid I might never get home. I accompanied May to Orlando where she attended an IT conference with technology leaders from all around the globe. There were suitcases from fifteen different countries! The other suitcase owners talked about technology subjects like internet traffic and how to make sure people's data is secure. It's good to network and hear what everyone is working on, their weaknesses and strengths. We stayed there for a week, then we traveled back to France hoping to meet up with the rest of the family at the French national staff conference. If everything went according to plan, we would have arrived together in Vogüé, south of Lyon. This is where the narrative shifts from we to I, because I'm lost! May had to spend a week without any of the clothes, running shoes, or toiletries that I'm carrying. I also have quite a bit of Starbucks coffee that she was looking forward to enjoying. I sincerely hope the airline finds me, even after three weeks. Replacing me and everything I have with me will be time consuming and expensive!

Global Technology Leaders

May with Cru technology leaders from across the globe.

Please pray

  • for the Lord to build the house, that we depend fully on him.
  • for solid progress on France's giving site.
  • for good communication and inspiration for the scripts and storyboards Dan is working on.
Psalms 127

Speaking at the French national staff conference.

Worship Band.

Participating in the worship band.


This year's staff conference held some surprises. Aside from May's suitcase being lost, there was quite a bit of snow, which is rare for that region. The usual leader of the worship team couldn't attend this year, so Dan was put in charge of making sure a worship team was assembled. He recruited a music student named Pablo who we know from church to coordinate and lead worship. Pablo stepped up and did a great job! As a long time part of the worship team, Dan coached him through some particularities and gave advice on how to be well organized. Pablo has been hoping to gain exactly this kind of experience, and Agapé France was very blessed by his contribution. Dan played bass, Silas the violin, and Efrem, flute. It was a lot of fun. We always enjoy seeing our colleagues. They have become like an extended family. May was asked to give a short devotion in front of everyone. As tempted as she was to talk technology, she approached it from a different angle, Psalm 127. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. May deftly compared the technology solutions she develops to a house that needs renovation. This is how the Lord has been speaking to her lately as she leads the technology team. She took the opportunity to challenge us all to consider whether we're working with the Lord or on our own. It was a great reminder that everything is spiritual work, whether it's programming or leading a team or having spiritual conversations.

So, what is the Lord building in your life right now? What would be impossible without his help?

Our Signatures

La Lumiere
February, 2018
Visiting Ronda Spain during the mid-year conference.

"How can you really believe in the existence of God or of Jesus Christ? I doubt the veracity of any religion. Do we have any concrete proof?"

"How is it possible to be born of a virgin?"

"In the midst of failure and frustration, sometimes I think I can’t be accepted by God."

"Yes, Jesus can use me to tell others about him!"

"What is God doing in my life? If I could shout loud enough for the world to hear I would. He [God] is simply wonderful because he’s providing beyond my expectations. I’m very thankful."

This is a sample of some of the emails I’ve received through our evangelism and discipleship websites. These conversations are divine appointments! God is connecting me with people who are seeking him or are passionate about growing in their faith. The last quote is from a young college student who was living with an older man who supported her financially. I encouraged her to trust in God to provide and leave that relationship. How often are we afraid of the consequences, even when we know the right choice? God rewards our faith! To bring this full circle, the first quote comes from a man I’ve exchanged 45 emails with. Take a moment to reread what he wrote, can you see beyond the doubt to the hope lingering there? In spite of what seem to be strong opinions, he was very open. Here is a snippet of a more recent email from him -

"Considering everything I know, I can say that the Bible is true, the old and new testaments. His son Jesus took over from the old testament. He is God!"

Amen! What a joy it has been to accompany him on his journey.

Thanks to a colleague at Cru running Google ads, monthly traffic to questions2vie.com has increased to over 100,000 visitors per month. More and more French speakers are hearing the gospel! The email series we offer continues to grow too. Right now, there are 394 people receiving emails which either challenge them to believe or mature in their faith. This is increasing the number of emails I receive significantly. That’s exciting, but also heavy on my time. Here’s one last email I found encouraging.

"I just wrote a friend concerning my doubts about faith. Then I prayed God would bring me back like a pastor would his dispersed flock. Then I went to read the newspaper on my ipad. Between two articles, I saw this article about Jesus. It’s clearly a nod from Jesus telling me not to be discouraged."

Cliffs of Ronda.

Ronda was built on cliffs and connected by this bridge.

May and Suzy

May connected with her good friend Suzy.

Selfie by the beach.


  • for a refreshing and resourcing time in Spain.

Please pray

  • for the Lord to work in people’s lives, even online.
  • that May’s team would make encouraging progress on their web site projects.
  • for Silas as he researches colleges.

For the first time in 15 years we attended the mid-year conference in Malaga Spain. It was refreshing being reminded of our calling, especially focusing on who has called us. A friend from church stayed with the boys while we were away.

Our Signatures