The team in Rennes.
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SHIFTING GEARS

When you scroll through your newsfeed, what jumps out to you? What are you drawn to? 75% of internet traffic is video. That is huge. The top three visited sites worldwide, Google, Youtube and Facebook, have video as a clear common denominator. We've been involved with sharing the gospel online in France since 2003. Now, if I were a car manufacturer watching traffic pass by and I noted that three of every four vehicles was a truck, I'd be easily convinced to make more trucks. That's exactly the direction I'm heading in sharing the gospel online. We need to improve our connection with users on the internet, and that means creating video. This is my new role going forward with Cru, which fits hand in hand with the years of experience I have with internet evangelism. My desire is to create videos that will further the gospel both in France and worldwide. Because of their flexibility and translatability, animated videos are where I would like to focus. This will require some training, and I admit that acquiring these skills could look daunting. But this is combining so many parts of my being: my experience in evangelism, my artistic side, and my technical skills. I haven't been this excited in a long time. Lord willing, this adventure will lead to animated videos that get people thinking, draw them to our sites, and create connections with the Body of Christ. Connections are what change lives, and we want to meet them where they are - watching videos. Because the focus goes beyond campus ministry, this also means I will be moving from the campus team to the technology team. Yes, the same team as May. By the way, this month we celebrate 21 years of marriage!

Efrem playing for his flute exam.
Efrem playing a Godard and Stamitz for his flute exam.
Swinging at the baseball tournament.

Praises

  • for Efrem's progress and talent for flute.

Please pray

  • that we find an affordable location in Paris to host a hackathon weekend in October, suitable for at least 30 participants and having great internet.
  • for safe travels back to the States this month.
  • that we can find a vehicle to use during the week we'll be in the Twin Cities (Aug. 21-27).
Silas in long grass.
Silas testing his anti-hay fever treatments!
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FLUTE - KICKING IT UP A NOTCH

Some people make things look easy. Last week Efrem took a test to pass into the third level of the conservatory. Waiting outside the room we listened to an older student complain about having to go right after Efrem. He was the only student to memorize his songs, and he took the test after just two years instead of the standard three to five. He passed! The judges couldn't praise him enough. Surprised at his talent at such a young age, they called him gifted, an "extra-terrestrial" on the flute, a rarity. He makes it look so easy they asked him if he is ever challenged. He is, of course. He works pretty hard, but not so hard that he doesn't have time for baseball or jogging in the mornings with his mom. Efrem is a very well rounded 13 year old. We don't know where his flute might take him, but for now he really loves to play and we love to hear him. You can visit our YouTube channel and hear him too!

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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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