Listening to pilgrims.
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A STOP ON THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

Early last month May spent a week in Spain at La Fuente del Peregrino, Cru's hostel for pilgrims on their way to Santiago. Part of her job description is to get out from behind the desk and onto the field at least once a year. This time her team included Robyn, a longtime friend and fellow staff member, plus a team of 6 involved with the Jesus Film. They had very long days, working early to welcome pilgrims with coffee and tea, cleaning the hostel and preparing it for new overnight guests, and hosting them for an evening meal. People from all over the world walk the Camino: Koreans, Russians, French, Spanish, Czechs… Each walking for their own reasons, but many are open and seeking. Guests were thrilled when given blankets and popcorn as they sat down to watch the Jesus Film before dinner, and the team had many great discussions with them. Two visitors were truly homeless, with no money or food, living off of whatever people gave them. One young man from Rome had spent a year with Buddhist monks and returned unsatisfied, still searching for meaning in life. There was one very intelligent and self aware pilgrim who wouldn't say where he was from but was clearly in crisis. He was very touched by how well May listened to him, making this poignant observation, "Most hostels feed and rest your body, but this hostel feeds and rests your soul." We pray he will find the rest he is looking for in Christ, giving his soul the peace only Jesus provides!

Working in the kitchen with Robyn.

Please pray

  • for May and Dan as they work on their strategic plans for the coming year.
  • that we find a suitable apartment in Paris that we can settle into before school starts in September.
  • for Silas and Efrem as they take important end of year tests, the BAC and the Brevet.
Registering a guest.

May checking in a pilgrim.

Cleaning up.
Rest and refreshment.

Pilgrims like to rest in front of the hostel throughout the day. 

Praying for guest.

One last moment to bless this guest before he starts his day walking.

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TWO HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Both Silas and Efrem have reached major milestones. Silas recently passed his final test to receive his DEM, a professional music diploma from the Rennes Conservatory. This opens the door for him to play or teach professionally. Each year only one or two students graduate at that level, and Silas had the unanimous vote of the jury. Bravo Silas!

Efrem also had quite an achievement, passing the test to enter the conservatory in Paris. Of the 25 flutists of all ages competing to enter the special section, only three were taken. This means Efrem's high school (which lasts 3 years in France) will have specially arranged classes to facilitate his music studies - in Paris. This is a wonderful opportunity, bravo Efrem!

You might be wondering what this means for us, Efrem attending high school in Paris. There will be a transition to Paris for us too. Fortunately, Cru is flexible enough for us to work in any city where teams exist, and our roles aren't tied to a specific location. So, as crazy as it might be, we're looking at apartments in Paris. Prayerfully we will find one that suits our family and be settled in by September.

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Praying together.
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CELEBRATING 30 YEARS

When we arrived in Rennes in 2006 we entered a ministry that was already well established. It's good to be part of something bigger than you! This Saturday we held an event celebrating 30 years of Cru ministry in Rennes. Everyone was invited who's been connected with the ministry over the years to commemorate and praise God for what He has done. A praise team was assembled with past and present students. Organizing this team was Dan's responsibility, choosing songs, organizing practices, and connecting everyone to the sound system. It went remarkably well! There were also photo slide shows from each decade and testimonies from people whose lives were impacted. Cru in Rennes started with campus ministry but grew in diversity, hosting outreaches to women, men's bible studies, activities for migrant children, and multiple city-wide evangelistic events. Cru has been a federating presence for churches too, gathering them together for common projects, so the impact grows. One of the people who shared their testimony during the celebration said, "To all of you who are on staff, know that the seeds you are sewing in people's lives make a difference, whether you see them come to fruition or not." And that is the beauty of working by faith - we have to trust God for everything, from His guidance to His Spirit working through us to the eternal impact we hope and pray for. Thank you for being a part of this, for partnering with us by faith and trusting Him for results. The celebration we had Saturday was a glimpse into the fruits of this ministry, and it was beautiful.

Notre Dame after fire.

Dan and Efrem stopped by Notre Dame (in the background on the left) after the fire.

30 years of Agapé Rennes.

Having fun at the 30 year celebration.

Redwings baseball.
Praise band at celebration.

Please pray

  • for May as she takes time to listen to God and seek his direction for the next technical projects.
  • for Silas' final concert to validate his professional music diploma June 7, he has some challenging pieces to play.
  • for clarity and wisdom as Silas makes college choices.
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BASEBALL IN FRANCE

Baseball season in France starts in September. So every Saturday Efrem and Dan, as player and coach, have been preparing with their team, the Redwings. It's a long season and a big commitment. Now it's the sprint to the end, with two tournaments, the semi-final and final to play. Efrem was selected for the regional all-star team, and Dan was asked to help coach that team. This opportunity is especially fun because Efrem gets a chance to play at an elevated level. At the end of the regular season, Efrem is leading the league in batting average, slugging percentage, and RBIs. Sorry, but his coach is definitely proud of him. Those extra hours of catch and batting practice have paid off. After coaching the team for 6 years, Dan will likely be hanging up his coaching hat. On one hand, it will be nice to be relieved of that responsibility. But it has been special to have a short window to invest in the lives of so many young baseball players. By faith, those seeds will also make a difference!

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