La Lumiere
November, 2020
Dan and Efrem hanging out in the kitchen.
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MAKE IT EASY

Since January May has been the technical lead for what is called the Make Giving Easy project - countries all over the world need to be able to collect gifts online for their ministries. After a lot of deliberation between the French model and a more expensive corporate option, Cru has officially decided to use the solution that May and her team developed for France. And it has been pushed to priority number one by Cru. This project is very important, but now the heat has been turned up!

They are making progress too. Currently France, Panama and the United Kingdom are up and running. The next country in the works is India. May has video calls with people all over the world. It's interesting to hear her talking with a contractor in India to work on the site in Panama or ironically a French contractor working for India. The next big advance in the site will be adding functionality for recurring giving, important since the goal is to Make Giving Easy for the donor. Every time improvements are made they're intentional to automate them so that the site remains easily reproduceable for additional countries. This takes extra thought and effort, but scalability is worth it, and these sites are set to grow!

Speaking of giving, we really want to thank every one of you who gives so faithfully to our ministry, making it possible for us to do this vital work. We recognize that the current situation has placed a financial burden on many, and we feel the effects ourselves. We're praying for you.

Practicing the flute

Please Pray

  • for continued protection from illness as France is in the midst of a second spike.
  • that May has the time necessary to move her important projects forward.
  • for a pipeline full of new and motivating things for Dan and Davis to create.
Ecole normale de musique

Silas practices with his ensemble (of 2) at the music conservatory.

Eiffel Tour episode.
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DAY IN THE LIFE

His alarm goes off before anyone else's. At 6:15 he opens the double doors of the sound cabin at the foot of our bed. The light and ventilation fan go on, and we hear the muffled notes of scales start up on his flute. I'm sure I will miss this alarm some day. After an hour of practice is under his belt, Efrem scarfs down some fruit and granola, puts on his mask and rushes out the door for his 8 am class. High school is still meeting in person, even though France's covid numbers are spiking to nearly the same levels as the spring. Efrem is a junior; his classes run in the mornings, Monday through Saturday. The afternoons are set aside for music at the conservatory. Today he has less than a half hour to eat lunch before leaving for his flute lesson. He will undoubtedly spend a couple more hours in the sound cabin practicing. We do remind him that his school work is essential too! His desk is next to the printer where he sits, headphones submerging him in classical music, as he studies math, French and the classic array of sciences. After dinner we read the Bible as a family, talk about the passage, and pray together. Usually he is falling asleep around 10 pm of course listening to classical music.

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La Lumiere
October, 2020
Casting ballots in Paris.
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A HOPEFUL SHIFT

Dan has been fielding emails from the evangelistic site questions2vie.com for eleven years. As traffic to the site and subscriptions to the email series increase, the need to share the load is more and more evident. Since February a handful of colleagues have been helping respond to emails. Dan is planning to have video meetings with these colleagues to share experiences and respond to questions about our email conversations. His colleagues in French speaking Africa have asked for a seminar on how to respond to emails. The hopeful shift involves multiplication, from having spiritual conversations to coaching others to do so online. Agapé France is putting in place a partnership with the Mentor Ministry, a framework to manage and engage mentors in spiritual conversations online. It will first be connected with our site atoi2voir.com, then possibly questions2vie. This will scale up our ability to connect people with the digital mission field. On October 10 Dan and two colleagues shared their experience at the Regional Evangelization Day hosted by a local biblical institute. This year's theme - witnessing in the digital age, challenges and opportunities in a connected society. Dan's workshop shared important lessons learned through multiple sites and strategies during the past 17 years. There's the shift again, from gaining and employing useful experience to imparting that knowledge to others. How about you? How can you use the technology available today to have spiritual conversations? How does knowing God affect your life and what steps can you take to talk about it with your friends online?

Campus road trip.

A peak at Dan and Davis' new animation project for the Campus ministry.

Worship.

Silas and Efrem helping with worship at Saint Lazare.

Le Penseur.

The Thinker by Rodin.

The animator.

Please Pray

  • for new online mentors and fruitful gospel conversations.
  • that Silas and Efrem focus well in their studies.
  • for those of our partners who have been financially affected by the covid situation.
  • that our ministry would flow from our relationship with Christ, may He always be our first love.
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A NEW PRESIDENT

Cru, Campus Crusade for Christ International, has a new president, Steve Sellers. His commissioning ceremony earlier this month was truly heartwarming. The baton is being passed only the second time, and Cru's vision and mission haven't skipped a beat: to win, build and send Christ centered multipliers throughout the world. Another reminder stated quite a few times was the importance of staying centered on Christ. Bill Bright, the founder of the movement, when asked how to pray for him almost always said, "pray that I never lose my first love, for Christ." That ever deepening and sustaining relationship is the foundation of everything we do. Would you pray for Cru's new president, that he would lead out of a deep relationship with Christ? It's an important reminder for us too, Dan and May, that first and foremost we need to nurture our relationships with Christ. Please pray for us too, that our relationship with Christ will grow deeper and remain in the center of our lives?

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