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!
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.