Dan and May in Yellowstone.
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MEET DAVIS

The creative digital arts team is still in its sprouting stages, but here is some really encouraging news. Davis Nyembo is our newest team member! Davis is French and the campus ministry in Montpellier had a big impact on him spiritually. Thankful for the investment others made in his life, he decided to do an internship with Agapé France after he graduated with a masters degree in translation (Russian and English). And Davis is a super talented illustrator. Motivated to use his drawing and design skills for the Lord, Davis has joined staff and is raising support to work with me starting in September. The digital creation team's goal is to provide quality resources for Agapé France, like videos, photos, illustrations and graphics design. Coaching him through the process of support raising for almost a year, I've seen Davis diligently work to find new contacts and share his vision for ministry. It's an uphill struggle, especially in France where there are fewer resources. He is also moving to Paris and looking for housing which is adding to the challenge. Since we're in the States, Davis is staying in our apartment as he gets his bearings. He is currently at 64% and could use some encouragement. Would you be in a position to help Davis out? You can see his page on give.cru.org or check out his illustrations under the Instagram name dc_illustration or even watch a video where he explains his motivation. Wouldn't it be awesome if together we could help him reach 100%? To pay the bills he is getting a part time bike courier job until his team is complete. But this is plan B, his heart is in illustration and making an impact for Jesus. We invite you to consider partnering with him. Thanks!

Davis Nyembo

Davis, new member of the digital creation team!

Silas and Efrem in Yellowstone.

Silas and Efrem at the lower falls in Yellowstone Park.

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Big sky country.

Visiting May's sister and parents in the Big Sky.



Praises

  • that we can be with our families in the States!

Please Pray

  • for continued protection and safe travels back to France in mid-August.
  • that we have a refreshing time of reconnection.
  • for Davis' progress in finding his team of partners.
  • as we are looking for new contacts to join our team too.
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APOLOGETICS

Staff members with Cru are required to take eleven biblical studies courses. This has been a challenge for us while serving overseas, but now many of the classes are online. I (Dan) took my first online course in June on apologetics. I really enjoyed it! Taking good notes on the reading and lectures has already proved helpful. I used many of the arguments for God's existence when responding to a somewhat aggressive atheist's emails, asking questions to challenge him. With some people, the best we can hope for is to put a rock in their shoe, a question that nags at them, an inconsistency in their world view. Now I have more tools in my tool box! For the final paper I wrote an 'article' on the topic of suffering, for someone who believes the presence of suffering is an argument against God. It's a recurring subject in emails I receive. I wrote that suffering allows us to see how great God is, especially his redemptive power. Good questions to wrestle through.

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Sunrise at the Eiffel Tour.
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PIVOTING

The global health situation has made many people reconsider how they 'do' ministry. Necessity is drawing out creativity and innovation. Agapé Art had planned an exposition entitled "Selah," like the pause you read in psalms. It's ironic that the world was literally put on pause, which meant the expo had to be canceled. Thinking outside the box, or room, they pivoted to a virtual art exposition, making their works available for viewing online. Now anyone anywhere can pause, selah, and experience the artwork!

A colleague of ours, Jean-Claude Girondin, had a live conference scheduled commemorating the abolition of slavery. It had to be canceled. He shifted gears, doing two webinars instead on Martin Luther King, social justice and the health crisis. Jean-Claude went from being technologically challenged and reticent to embracing the cutting edge using Zoom conferences and live streaming to the ministry Youtube channel. A few hundred people tuned in and the channel increased by scores of new subscribers.

Our world has been profoundly marked by this virus. How will society pivot? We hope the feeling of solidarity with others will endure and we can move towards affirming the infinite value of each and every human life. The injustice of seeing George Floyd's life taken is even more tragic against the backdrop of our rallying together to fight against Covid 19 because every life is precious. Our world is broken, we are broken, and we have a redeemer. There is good news to share. Let's pivot together.

Praises

  • that we were able to go back to Rennes for a few weeks of fresh air!
  • for the opportunity to visit family in the States.

Please Pray

  • for safe travels and continued protection from illness.
  • that Efrem finishes his school year well, even taking early morning classes online.
  • for renewed connections over the summer.
Early morning Louvre.
Mother's Day

Taking a family walk on Mother's Day.

Homemade brioche.

Efrem and Dan made brioche, a wonderfully light bread eaten for breakfast or a snack.

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ROLLER COASTER

This is a wild and crazy ride. We bought tickets to visit the States this summer. They were canceled and we abandoned the idea. Then the situation in France improved and we spent at least six hours on the phone repurchasing tickets. It looks like we will make it back after all, which is a huge blessing for us and our families. However, with the virus still active and the inherent risks of seeing lots of people, we do not intend to have face to face visits. We hope to take full advantage of being in a similar time zone and still connect online. Haven't we all been honing our online skills? Maybe this could be another pivot too. We will be in Billings, Montana and Pueblo West, Colorado. Some time will be spent in self quarantine, but we're taking advantage of Efrem's high school continuing to be virtual. Classes in France go until the first week in July, and he has courageously agreed to get up to attend his classes from 1am - 4am. It has been three years since our last summer in the States, and we can't wait. Everything is exceptional about this year. There is no playbook for this!

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