La Lumiere
February, 2021
Sunset in Brittany.
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SURPRISED IT TOOK THIS LONG

Paris has a dense population, stacking millions of people like sardines. It's perfect for spreading Covid, which finally caught up with our family last month. Dan felt symptoms first, then Silas, then May. We all tested positive, but Efrem remained asymptomatic. Thankfully it went relatively easy on us, and both Dan and Silas are back to normal. We are relieved that no one suffered any respiratory consequences. But at the time I'm writing this May is still suffering from pain in her knees and legs. It's strange how the virus affects people so differently. We're thankful her fever is gone, but continue to pray for complete healing. God has graciously watched over us. Now these antibodies need to last long enough for us to receive vaccination shots, maybe this summer?

Snow in Paris

Snow in Paris, which is rare!


Please Pray

  • for continued progress with the everystudent.com structure so we can better serve our visitors, specifically making the email series more local.
  • that May will be free of pain in her legs and get her energy back.
  • for Silas and Efrem to persevere in their studies, their music pursuits, and their relationship with the Lord.
Resilience

Agapé Arts current exposition entitled Resilience.

salle Cortot

Silas practicing in his music school's concert hall, salle Cortot.

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LOCALIZATION

A while back I received an email from someone on the subject of suffering, specifically suffering related to growing up in a polygamous family with five wives and 25 children. While I did my best to respond to his question, it would be better for an African colleague who has more cultural understanding to respond. Much of Africa is French speaking and a large percentage of the visitors to our site are from there. So we are working on solutions to automatically route these visitors to the local email team. The first step was to place geo-localization code behind the "ask a question" button, and it is working wonderfully. It effectively sends people to a page where they can receive responses from within their culture. The next step is to have an African colleague send the email series to Africans. In January 663 people signed up to receive one of the four email series I offer. These emails are generated automatically and sent from me to all French speakers around the world. Emailing me is as easy as hitting - Reply and leads to a lot of emails. Imagine that many people reaching out for encouragement on their journey with Christ! Our hope is to serve our visitors better by responding to them more locally.

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SAYING GOODBYE

Every two years our car needs to pass a 133 point test in order to stay on the road. Sadly, our 2001 Ford focus didn't make the grade this time around. Due to corrosion on its frame we're going to have to say goodbye. It has served us well and is tied to a lot of memories. We're left with the quandary of what to do. In Paris a car is certainly unnecessary, but it is useful when we spend time in Rennes, especially since Efrem is a student driver. Right now life has been throwing us a few too many curveballs.

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La Lumiere
January, 2021
Turning 20.
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LOOKING AHEAD

The digital creations team, with me and Davis, has only been working together since September. The benefits of working as a team are already clear. We can accomplish much more with better quality. Together we created an animated video which both tells a story and highlights the accomplishments of the campus ministry by displaying the statistics they collect. We also worked together to make a new logo for the French national staff conference, one that can be reused year after year. Another project which is nearly finished is a complete graphic redesign of Agapé France's newsletter. Looking ahead there are a number of exciting projects for us. I am preparing a set of training sessions to boost our staff's video skills. The first will focus on taking good quality video using their phone: the settings, framing, lighting, and sound. Second, I will show them the basics of how to edit their videos. This training will be given over Zoom first to the Rennes team, then it will be offered to everyone during the national staff conference. Hopefully our staff will be much more confident in taking video.

RN logo

New logo for the Agapé France national staff conference.

Christmas lights.

Efrem and May enjoying the fancy Christmas decorations.

ChampsElysée

Christmas lights on the Champs Elysée.


Please Pray

  • for Silas in his studies: math, computer science, and violin.
  • that May can work effectively with the multiple teams she has.
  • for Dan and Davis as they strive to create resources that will help Agapé France staff.
DEUX
NO LONGER A TEENAGER

Silas turns 20 this month! He's an inch and a half taller than his Dad, yet takes up considerable less mass. For his birthday he asked for his customary chocolate lava muffins. His desk is occupied as much as any in our office, the whiteboard beside it covered in math equations. Silas is pursuing a bachelor degree at the Université Paris Dauphine in math and computer science. His classes are online, but all of his exams are at school. In parallel, Silas is taking violin at the Ecole Normale de Musique, which is much nearer than Versailles where he was last year. He is still passionate about music, and we hope his path forward is full of rich melodies and harmonies. How math, computer science and music will all meld together is a problem he's still trying to solve. Patience, everything will work out. God is the supreme conductor, the universe is his philharmonic. Looking at current events with alarm, it's natural to be nervous or afraid. Let's keep our eyes on the conductor and persevere through this modern, contemporary piece. He is faithful and worthy of our trust!

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TRIO OF DISASTERS

Just before Christmas, in the span of a few days: our stove top blew out, a nerve issue shooting pain into his left foot sidelined Dan, and our apartment was treated by professionals for bed bugs. The latter resulted in a mountain of laundry to wash at 140°F which we're still working through. We're praying that the treatment was effective and we never experience their bites again. Sigh, it could be worse.

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