La Lumiere
January, 2018
Skiing in December.

What are you looking forward to this year? 2018 looks to be an adventure for us. For starters, May was asked to step back into leading France's technology team in September. Her team has two big simultaneous projects which she needs to manage. One is completely redoing to make it mobile device friendly. The second is creating a new giving site where people can donate to Agapé staff members, ministries and projects. In the photo you can see May in an intense Post-it note planning session as she defined every step in the process and the order they need to be done. Our windows are covered in snowflakes in December, but she found room for the myriad of Post-its. She's taking on a lot of additional responsibility, but we know from experience she's well suited for this job. It was May who led the technology team when they first formed years ago. Her clarity of thought and eye for details make her an excellent team leader.

I'm continuing to learn as much as I can about creating animated videos. Right now I'm taking an intermediary step which involves three of the software I need to learn. The video I'm making will have a character who represents me walking through a virtual gallery of my artwork. I'm learning a ton in the process, such as how to capture good quality audio and incorporate it, another essential ingredient. I look forward to landing on a script for a video to be used with, the first tangible goal. At the same time, I'm responding to more and more emails I receive from questions2vie and demarreravecDieu. Many originate from the email series we offer. God keeps working through this as well, and sometime soon I'll tell you more about these conversations.

Project planning.
Enjoying the snow.
The symphony orchestra.
Playing the piccolo.


  • for a joyful musical December!

Please pray

  • for Dan's continued progress in learning animation.
  • that May will motivate and lead her team well.
  • for Silas and Efrem to continue to do well in school and grow in the Lord.

December was filled with concerts, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Efrem played piccolo and flute with his band, whose performance of Silverado gave me goose-bumps. Then the full company of flutists accompanied an orchestra playing in a beautifully restored church downtown. Using a large range of different flutes, from the piccolo to the bass flute, they took on a Bach piece that was originally written for strings. Silas played with the conservatory's symphony at the opera house in Rennes, where the seats are plush and the stage is enormous. It had to be to fit all of the musicians! They skillfully interpreted works by Haydn, Bizet and Ravel. If you'd like to hear Efrem's latest recital, it is on our Youtube channel. I also shared a few thoughts on the parallels between my musical life and spiritual life on our blog, if you'd like to check that out. Thank you for standing with us doing Christ's work here in France!

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La Lumiere
November, 2017
Ready to begin.

"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.


  • 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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