La Lumiere
March, 2016

May traveled to Bangkok with the technology team for 10 days last month. They were there for a conference with technology leaders, around 45 people from a dozen different countries. It was a chance to step away from the urgent and listen to what's being done all around the world, their projects and challenges. The hope springing from their time is that they might work together to develop solutions that would serve everyone instead of each country working on their own. Two things that struck May about Bangkok was the air pollution and cables strung all over the city. Still, at the conference working in English for a change was refreshing to her. "I think I’m a more intelligent person in English," she says. Whether that's true or not, it was a good experience. Unusual for the introverted May, she enjoyed networking and getting to know so many technology colleagues. We have traveled to many different countries, but one thing that stood out in Thailand was the strange inconsistencies, like seeing families living in extremely poor conditions yet having luxury cars parked in their living rooms. There were also tourists everywhere. She's not into spicy, but does like Thai food. I still haven't had the courage to try the dried cricket's she brought home!

Bangkok skyline
Global Tech Team
Global Tech Team

The evangelistic event "Graines d’Esperance" or Seeds of Hope went very well. Over 170 people came to explore the theme with two photo expositions by local photographers, a skit, musical performances and discussion questions to guide their reflection. One of the questions that was asked was: What nourishes your hope? We wanted to give the opportunity for a Christian at the table to share their hope in Christ. Feedback was very positive, many asked for bibles or the book More than a Carpenter, and a number also expressed interest in doing a discovery group Bible study. But the highlight of the night for me was seeing Silas and Efrem play "Spring" from Vivaldi's Four Seasons together!

player and coach
On the field.

I am coaching Efrem's baseball team (10-12 yrs) once more this year, and to kick off the season we went to a tournament in Savigny sur Orge. Last year the Redwings took seventh, this year we were fourth! It is encouraging to see the fruits of three years of coaching, and the team played very well. Silas is playing at the next level up, so we have lots of baseball to look forward to this spring!

  • for a successful conference in Bangkok for May.
  • for the 170+ people who attended Graines d'Esperance, good discussions and openness.
Please pray...
  • for the spring break project in Ligonde Spain (April 9-17).
  • for future collaboration between technology teams.
  • that the Lord would watch over our family's health, both in France and back in the States.

Warming up
Efrem warming up.

La Lumiere
February, 2016

Certain things make me jump for joy, at least on the inside. Among these are anyone accepting Christ, clearly sharing the gospel with someone who is searching, and students who take their first steps sharing their faith. As a team, that is exactly what we decided to focus on these past few months. Together we set a "wildly important goal" of seeing at least 12 students take the initiative to share their faith, on their own or together with us, with at least 36 people before the February school vacation. What's wild about this goal is that it's really beyond our control, so we set to praying right away. We were more intentional about inviting students to share their faith with us on campus. And we encouraged them to pray for their friends specifically. Since we made the goal, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in students taking initiative. To keep track and encourage the team, we created a chart with 12 ice cream cones on it. On the side of the chart are 36 scoops of ice cream. When a student tells us about a gospel conversation with a friend, for example, we write their name on a scoop of ice cream and move it onto a cone. It’s so fun to see the progress and know that students are taking steps of faith and the gospel is being shared. The results? There have been 9 students who have either had opportunities to share the gospel with their friends or have gone together with us on campus. The total number of people ice cream scoops is 38! What do you think? Should we take the team out for ice cream to celebrate?!

Ice cream scoop chart
Keeping track of students taking initiative to share their faith.
Pyrenees slopes
On the slopes at Piau Engaly

Maybe it’s because of our Montana roots or May’s years of ski racing, but we just wouldn’t be Workmans if we didn’t drive our boys into the mountains in search of snow to ski on. This winter has been especially warm and dry in France. We drove to our favorite ski station in the Pyrenees and it felt like late spring! The mountain was barely covered, the roads and surrounding mountains bare. We wondered if it would be worthwhile, but still rented skis. When we woke up the first morning, there was almost a foot of snow on our balcony! And it kept snowing throughout the week. What a blessing! Our next stop is the French national staff conference. This year, both Silas and Efrem are joining the praise band. We’re really looking forward to playing together. Then, May has an 11 day trip to Bangkok with the technology team. Computer gurus working with Cru from all across the world will be there discussing global strategy. There is also a student weekend, the evangelistic outreach Graines d’Esperance in March, and an April spring break project in Spain. Looking forward to seeing God working!

Blessings to you in Christ,

Family ski selfie
Family ski selfie!

  • for the students from Rennes who are newly motivated to share their faith.
  • for snow!
Please pray...
  • for May’s safe travel to Bangkok for the Cru IT conference (February 20-29).
  • for a successful student weekend (February 26-28).
  • that many not-yet Christians will attend the evangelistic event Graines d’Esperance (March 5).

Cooling down
Efrem and Dan cooling down during lunch.