Dan and Efrem after a game.
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STARTER KITS AND STUDIES

In our online evangelistic and discipleship efforts, we're constantly trying to relate to our audience in more effective ways. Three years ago we launched our first email series, the Spiritual Starter Kit. When someone responds with "I just gave my life to Jesus" on questions2vie.com, they are offered this series of 8 emails to help them in their new life with Christ. To date, 870 people have signed up! The next step is an email series about the Holy Spirit, and we've seen about three-quarters continue on - a pretty good retention rate. But that's not all! Next the demarreravecDieu.com (startingwithGod.com) site launched an email series on the Gospel of John. This Bible study with commentary comes in the form of 37 emails, and is having a profound impact. How do I know? People tell me! All of the emails in the series come personally from me (it is automated), so they just click reply. This provides a steady flow of emails into my inbox, many simply saying - thank you! But there are also lots of questions about living a life of faith: coping with anxiety and depression, how to effectively repent, how to live a life of prayer, battling addictions, dealing with suffering. Please pray for wisdom in responding to these emails! Thanks to Cru's efforts in setting this up, our online connection has become even more personal and direct. In a sense, at this moment I am studying John with 165 people, walking through the fundamentals with 53 new believers, discussing the Holy Spirit with 34, and am engaged with 8 who are receiving the Spiritual Adventure Pack. That's another series offered on our evangelistic site for anyone who is seeking God, giving a real and personal invitation to trust Jesus. It's hard to imagine all that God is doing in people's lives, so here is an encouraging email from Doune. I pass it on as you deserve thanks too! "Once again, thank you very much for your willingness to contribute to my spiritual training in order to better know our God. Until next time, and may his grace accompany you always."

Silas playing with excellence.

Praises

  • for the great response to the email series offers.

Please pray

  • for wisdom and guidance in Dan's future roles with Cru in France, which is in discussion now.
  • that we find a location in the Paris area to host a hackathon weekend in October, suitable for at least 30 participants and having great internet.
  • that Silas and Efrem finish the school year strong, and that Silas progresses in driver's training.
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Dan with his team, baseball season is in full swing.
Driver's training.
Learning on a typical Peugeot 308.
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SILAS MAKING PROGRESS

A typical weekend for Silas is filled with homework and at least four hours of violin, and there are definite results. He just passed his violin exam for the year, so hopefully he can focus on his next project - his driver's license. He is signed up and has taken his first lesson in the driving school's car. It's a stick shift with a full set of petals (clutch, brake and gas) on both driver and passenger sides! Did you know less than 20% of cars in France are automatic? We got a head start and practiced together in a parking lot before his initial evaluation. Thankfully, the instructor thinks he can get by with the minimum amount of lessons.

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Parc du Thabor in the spring.
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A PROCESS TRANSFORMED

Remember life before the internet? Before email? I remember punching away at my dad’s electric typewriter and the satisfying sound of each letter slapping the paper. Hearing the soft tap of my keyboard, I think we’ve come a long way. But what would you say if I insisted on writing each of these newsletters by hand? It’s tax season and I have before me our giving receipts to Cru in France from 2015 and 2016. The first is a form filled out in longhand, name, address, amount given, etc. The second is 100% computer generated from the cumulative amount to the address perfectly placed to be seen through the window of the envelope. In the past the order of the printouts wasn’t the same as the address labels, and it took a volunteer a week just to alphabetize and coordinate them. May’s reaction to this is the same as yours might be to my handwriting these newsletters. She couldn’t let it go on that way! Working together with the operational staff in the Paris office, she revolutionized their process. May helped them query their database for everything they needed. She reformatted the report, which looks much more professional, with the logo, positioning the address for the envelope window - imagine the time saved just there! I heard the volunteer is bored because she doesn’t have much to do. Technology is here and can help us. The operational staff is very thankful to May for connecting them to it!

Efrem playing in Plancoët.

Praises

  • for Efrem’s performance at Plancoët, and his grand prize!
  • for May’s contribution to the greatly improved gift receipt process.

Please pray

  • that Efrem continues to progress and enjoy playing the flute.
  • for wisdom and guidance in Dan’s future roles with Cru in France.
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Sabbatical in Colorado.
A week of sabbatical was spent with my family in Colorado.
Efrem practicing his swing.
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MUSIC TO THE EARS

Efrem competed for the third time in the regional flute competition in Plancoët. Once again he won the grand prize among all of the 30 or so flutists. His flute instructor from last summer's Crescendo Institute commented "It seems flute playing is sooooo easy for Efrem!" When I asked Efrem if it was easy for him he was quick to say no. But with his great stage presence and outstanding sound people take notice. Efrem will take the test to pass into the 3rd level of the Rennes Conservatory in May, a year ahead of normal. Then again, why be normal?

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SABBATICAL

Thank you to everyone who prayed for my time of sabbatical in March. It was restful, refreshing, and great to spend extra time with the Lord. Not looking at my work emails for a month was surprisingly easy! I'm entering into a phase of discussion with HR to redefine my job description, which will have some new elements and others which stay the same. I'll tell you all about it as soon as things become more clear. Please pray for wisdom in my next steps!

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