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.

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New logo for the Agapé France national staff conference.

Christmas lights.

Efrem and May enjoying the fancy Christmas decorations.

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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.
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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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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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