La Lumiere
November, 2017
Ready to begin.
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ALIGNING TECHNOLOGY, MISSION AND FAITH

"This ambiance is something you don't find in the business world, the sincerity and respect for each other. And each person's skills are freed to contribute in a complementary way." Adama works as a programmer now, but he has fond memories of his involvement with Cru as a student. The hackathon opened up a new mission field for him. At first he wondered how he could contribute, but God brought all the right skills together - including Adama's - to make significant leaps forward on three different projects. With eleven participants, we invested our weekend together in a beautiful selfless way. The primary project was for a site that coaches people who are learning languages. It's called Grow Fast - Grow Deep. Our team enabled localization for it! Let me explain, have you ever had to use a web site that isn't in English? Let's say you're going to travel to France and want to purchase some tickets in advance, but the site is in French. Localization is that magic little link that you click to translate the whole site into your language. Our hackathon programming team installed an engine that enables language options for Grow Fast - Grow Deep. Pretty impressive for just a weekend's work! After such intense coding, sleeping only a handful of hours for two nights, and having a 2 a.m. video call with 40 locations around the world, how did these programmers feel? They asked when they can sign up for next year!

There were two additional projects our team worked on. One was developing a social media plan to increase Cru's visibility to students, a problem put forth by the local campus team in Lyon. God brought a social media professional to Lyon who worked with communications specialists - you don't have to be a geek to participate in a hackathon. This team helped define the target audience for social media campaigns. They also laid out a game plan for how those campaigns could be run. Their solution will be tested in Lyon and could be employed by other campus ministries.

The third project is one that Dan worked on, creating a logo for Grow Fast - Grow Deep. He sent the logo specifications to two other graphics designers participating in the hackathon. This collaboration happened online, he still doesn't know where in the world they were! After forwarding all of the propositions he gathered, as well as a couple ideas of his own, they chose his design. He had enough time to finalize it and deliver it in about every format conceivable. Yes, there's even space for creatives at a hackathon!

A hackathon is about making your skills and expertise available for God's kingdom, working together to find solutions. Thank you so much for praying for this event. God truly did show up.

Before the guests show up.
Intensely creating.
Making sure we are on the same plane.
Coding into the night.
Setting up.

Praises

  • for a very successful hackathon!

Please pray

  • for Dan’s progress in learning to create animated videos.
  • that May, who is once again leading the technology team, will motivate and lead her team well.
Social media presentation.
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La Lumiere
October, 2017
First day of school.
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NEXT STEPS

If you've been wondering what's in store for me, Dan, here's my best shot at explaining. Right now I'm in training with a very specific goal in mind - creating animated videos to help share the gospel, initially to bring people to everystudent.com. The vision is to have short videos that ask good questions and draw up spiritual thirst, then lead them to gospel centered answers. Why animated videos? I've noticed that partial or full animation is being used more and more. My desire is that what I create can be easily adapted over different countries and cultures - just read the script in a new language and, voila, more people are reached. If it's done thoughtfully, an animated video can bring a point to life regardless of the language. So, I am climbing my way up the steep learning curve of the Adobe suite, learning more and more about After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop. I am thrilled to be taking courses on Lynda.com (thanks Carl!) as I learn about the many steps in the process of creating animated videos: scripts, storyboards, illustration and animation and audio. These are things a team of people would normally specialize in. In the course of helping prepare graphics for the upcoming hackathon, I opened up Illustrator for the first time and am seeing lots of potential. An added bonus is that May and I are in the same room, kitty-corner to each other in the office.

One hungry caterpillar.

A hungry caterpillar visits our garden.


Praises

  • for 500 years of reform, for scripture, Christ, grace and faith!

Please pray

  • for the upcoming hackathon! October 20-22.
  • that even more people sign up, that everything goes smoothly, and that it be a profound blessing for each participant and each project worked on.
Chrysalis on water container.

Maybe the same caterpillar!

Highlighting 500 years of reform.

Highlighting 500 years of reform.

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500 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Half a millenium, on the dot. That's how much time has passed since Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg marking the beginning of the protestant reformation. Here in France, we're making a big deal out of it! Why? For starters, protestants make up only 2% of France, compared to about 50% in the United States. And Protestantism has a profound impact on France and the world. Cru staff in Rennes have collaborated with pastors and historians to create an exposition to highlight the importance of the reformation. Taking its viewers through historical, theological and sociological points, the exposition gives a great panorama. Today we appreciate reading our Bibles in our own language thanks to the reform. Five of my favorite panels stress the authority of scripture, Christ, grace, faith, and giving God glory. Today, we hopefully live these realities, but 500 years ago people were being persecuted and martyred for these beliefs. Lastly, the exposition speaks of the Reform's impact on society, how each of us has freedom of conscience, starting with the personal dialogue God has with each believer through the Bible. The Reform ascribed equality and dignity to each and every person, a principle that became engrained in democratic government and our beliefs in human rights. Protestant ethics have been a blessing to many people! Here in Rennes, we hope this exposition and all of the events associated with it will be a blessing too.

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