La Lumiere
January, 2016

"So much love. I feel so much love!" were the words Yiteng said after she gave her life to Christ. A student in Rennes, she attended the New Year's conference and made a life changing decision. She was paired with Melissa the day we all went to Grenoble to share our faith. Melissa met Yiteng on campus a couple years ago and has been accompanying her on her spiritual journey ever since. After the outing, Yiteng was full of questions about how to invite Jesus into her heart, and how to know if He was really there. She ended up writing her prayer on the first page of her Bible with the date, asking Jesus forgiveness and inviting him to take control of her life. She was full of emotion as she read her prayer in front of everyone at the conference the next day to express her faith. God is changing lives!

The New Year's conference is a powerful time for students. We had 11 students attend from Rennes! Many took the initiative to share their faith for the first time and were encouraged by the experience. There was no snow this year, so we couldn't ski. But the mountains were beautiful! Dan prepared a workshop on how to dig into the Bible. It is such an important subject for our growth as Christians! The tools he developed can hopefully serve other contexts as well. And of course he played bass in the worship band, which is always a joy.

The Rennes Cru team is preparing a creative outreach before Easter called "Graines d'Esperance", or Seeds of Hope. We're involving local artists: photographers, actors and musicians to provide elements that will help our guests consider where they find hope and how they can carry hope in their lives. Jesus, of course, is the ultimate example of someone who gave his life so that others could find hope. We pray that many will turn to him!

Group Shot at CNA
New Year's Conference 2016 in the Alps
Prayer in Bible
Writing prayers in the Bible.
Worship team
Worship team fun.
Silas turned 15 this month. He's a freshman, the last year of middle school in France. Next year is the start of high school, and which one to attend is an important choice in France. It determines whether he will focus on science, literature, international studies, or some combination. It will also decide which precise test (called the BAC) he will take in just three short years. He will likely have to fill out applications, which feels a little like the steps Americans take as they head toward college. And these are difficult choices at the age of fifteen! Silas will also continue violin at the conservatory, which is a significant time investment, and he is a brilliant student. Many doors are open to him, and we need wisdom to choose the best one. Please pray for guidance.
Silas turninng 15
Celebrating Silas' birthday.

  • for Yiteng's life changing decision!
  • for the students from Rennes who are newly motivated to share their faith.
Please pray...
  • for wisdom in choosing Silas' high school.
  • that Graines d'Esperance would give many hope in Jesus!

Group time at CNA

La Lumiere
November, 2015
On Friday night, November 13th, Paris once again became a target of terrorism. The coordinated attack by suicide bombers could have struck anyone, and 130 lost their lives. Although this is almost 200 miles from where we live, all of France is reeling from the gruesome hate and violence. Many are thinking - that could have been me or someone I love. How can we respond? We can listen and pray. We are preparing to place a "Pray for Paris" sign near campus in December and simply invite people to pray with us. Hopefully we can demonstrate a calm confidence in God that will encourage the French to seek the Prince of Peace. We have been praying for spiritual revival in France for years, perhaps this can be a catalyst. Lastly, we need to remember the opening lines of Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way... There are plenty of things to fear, but God is present and completely for us. Our trust is in the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. Jesus is worthy of our hope. May we continue to proclaim his love boldly!
I just returned from a week long conference in Malta. Together with leaders from across Europe, we studied strategic planning and leading teams. It was great food for thought, and I look forward to discussing things further with my team. One specific talk really impacted me. It compared our faith filled goals to large boulders we couldn't possibly move (only God can). But there are certain things we can do, such as place levers to try to move the rock. Levers are the actions we are responsible for. What can we do to help get the boulder moving? The speaker gave an important reminder - prayer is your most important lever. Amen! Everything else is empty unless God is involved. So lets keep inviting him to move boulders, even mountains! Your partnership in prayer is so essential to seeing God work here. Please keep praying for France.

  • no Cru staff or students were hurt.
  • for the two students who are willing to reserve rooms for us on the Beaulieu campus!
Please pray...
  • for peace and security (Ps. 46:9).
  • that the Lord uses these events to draw the French to Him.
  • for opportunities to listen and pray with students.
  • for the upcoming Christmas event and New Year's conference.

On campus advertising our Thanksgiving dessert event.
Silas' recital