Summer flowers.
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AGAPÉ PARIS

Living in Paris gives us a chance to interact with ministries we wouldn’t usually see. For example, Crescendo France is based in Paris. Crescendo is Cru’s ministry to classical musicians, also collaborating with churches for events like artistic worship services or jazz celebrations. Recently Dan filmed Marc, one of Crescendo’s directors, explaining a faith centered festival that they would like to hold in Toulouse a couple years from now. It might be hard to imagine what these events are like, which is why we’re working with Marc to create videos to help convey what they do. Being in Paris we get to see him often.

Another video Dan recently made is for Agapé Hub. This is a project at the heart of the Agapé Paris ministry where multiple teams intersect with people in the city. Agapé Paris organizes art expositions, concerts, training, student events and outings to help the homeless. All of these actions need a welcoming space to support them. Our colleague Xavier has been working diligently to find a base for our ministries in Paris, and the Lord opened up a fantastic opportunity. The owner of a 1290 square foot location designed for startup companies is donating 50% of the normal rent. They will configure it however we want, furnishings and cleaning are taken care of. They have a network of 60 other businesses who will hear all about Agapé Paris in their regular newsletter. It opens up to us at the beginning of September along with so many possibilities! Even at half price there still is a significant cost. If you find the Agapé Hub in Paris exciting you're invited to partner with us to help see it through. The video that Dan made about it is on Agapé France's YouTube channel.

Bastille Day.

An amazing July 14th photo, taken by Silas.

Small group.

Church small group Bible study.

Musical friends.

Dan with Andy and David a couple years ago.

 

Praise

  • for the new Agapé Hub location in Paris.
  • for opportunities to study the Bible with friends.
  • that Efrem did well on his big French exams!

Please Pray

  • for good teamwork on the Make Giving Easy project where May is the technical lead.
  • that the necessary funds can be raise for the Agapé Hub.
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BIBLE STUDY TOGETHER

This past year we hosted a small group Bible study for our church, working through the gospel of John. The beginning and end were in person, and it was great to get to know the participants better over cranberry scones. The concluding study was followed by a special lunch - dombré with red beans and shrimp - prepared by the only guy wearing his mask in the picture. Another Bible study came at the request of a friend over ten thousand miles away. Dan met Andy (from Australia) and David (from England) during the Crescendo conferences in Hungary. Andy Vance is an amazing jazz pianist with more than a score of albums and David Daly has been the principle double bass of the Bournmouth symphony orchestra since 1985. We started doing a bible study together once a week through a video call. Bit by bit we've worked our way through Colossians and James. Fellowship knows no bounds!

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Late night in Paris.
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HOW FAR?

Ever wonder how far your participation in ministry with us reaches? Casting out a line, the distance and number of lives impacted are impossible to quantify, but let's talk about a few in India. May has worked closely with two colleagues there for the past 12 months, painstakingly working through details and decisions for their online giving site. India has very specific needs, especially with security for their staff members. Violent persecution in India has increased, placing them tenth on Open Doors world watch list. Together they are trying to find the delicate balance of protecting staff members and making them findable for their partners.

As the technical lead who knows the project best, May walked them through the process. They were inches away from the finish line when India was hit with the latest terrible wave of covid. About 100 of their staff, volunteers and family fell sick. Some were hospitalized and even died. This caused a 5 week delay in opening the giving site because the ministry set up an 80 bed covid care center in their headquarters.

Finally, last week the new giving site went online. Now almost four hundred Indian staff members can receive gifts with the ease of the internet. They are also receiving funds through the new site to help specifically with the covid crisis. All of this is possible, reeling the line all the way back, because you partner with us. We are so grateful for your help. It allows us to serve here in France, but it also affects staff members in India as well as everyone their ministry reaches. May has enjoyed working closely with our colleagues there, precious people living miles and continents away. We thank you for them as well.

Nouveau Souffle.

Colleagues talking at the latest Agapé Art exposition.

 

Praise

  • that Silas found a summer job.

Please Pray

  • for perseverance through the end of the school year, and Efrem's big exams in French.
  • that the new site for India will be widely used and effective, finding the appropriate balance.
Efrem growing up.

Efrem has been studying diligently for the big French tests coming up.

New VW Golf

Efrem's first time behind the wheel of our new Golf.

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SILAS' SUMMER PLANS

Twenty years old now, Silas' summer plans converge less with our summer plans this year. He has completed his second year at Université Paris Dauphine studying Math and Computer Science. Today as I write this he has a second violin exam to finish his year at his music school. He very recently found and accepted a summer job working as an assistant at a private investment firm in Paris, not far from the Elysée (the French equivalent of the White House). We hope it will give him useful experience and something worth listing on a resume. The only disadvantage, beyond having no time for vacation, is that he has to wear a blue suit five days a week on the job. The black one he wears for violin concerts doesn't fit the dress code. Did you have to purchase a suit for your first summer job? Personally I bought a pair of Redwing work boots.

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