La Lumiere
September, 2020
Beautiful sunset rays.
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BACK IN PARIS

This is a hectic time of year, with new schedules for everyone. Our whole family is trying to get their bearings. How does it look here in Paris? Masks, lots of masks. In Paris we have to wear a mask the moment we step outside, everywhere. If we're working in an office with other people, we have to wear a mask. At school, the boys have to wear a mask all day. Paris is a red zone, but the Lord has graciously protected us from covid thus far, and we continue to trust in Him. May takes the RER train two times a week out to the Agapé France office. The train system is a bit of a disaster right now, so she has to be very attentive and not count on the posted schedule reflecting reality. Our church is having in-person services. We have agreed to host a weekly small group where we will all wear masks. So in spite of the risks, we're carrying on with life!

Our biggest focus in work is looking at the various projects for the technology team and digital creation team, prioritizing them and organizing our efforts. May has one other full time staff, two volunteers and two consultants working on various projects. Dan is excited to be working with Davis, who is working part time for now. Through serving our fellow staff members, both of these teams are helping the French discover, live and share the gospel of Christ. During a health crisis, technology and digital ministry is more and more important, empowering us to reach more people and ultimately help change lives. God is working in France! It's a privilege to be a part of what he is doing. Thank you.

Beauty of CO.

One last hike in beautiful CO with friend and fellow missionary, Robyn.



Praises

  • that we were able to make it back to France.
  • Davis was able to find an apartment.

Please Pray

  • for our adjustments to new schedules.
  • that we manage our teams and workloads well.
  • for continued health as we host Bible studies in our home and use public transportation.
  • that Christ remains the center of everything!
Garden of the Gods

Silas taking pictures at the Garden of the Gods.

Friendly game of cards.

Dan’s brother Jason with a terrible hand for 500.

Ed and Judy

Ed & Judy enjoyed the music and endured a lot of scales this summer!

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SUMMER FUN

After the restful time in Montana with May's parents, we spent much of August in Colorado with my parents. Because of Covid we were able to invest much more time with family than normal, which was a true blessing. Dirt bike riding and a tour through Yellowstone were highlights in Montana. In Colorado we enjoyed golfing, painting watercolors, and a visit to the Royal Gorge bridge. We were even able to spend a day fishing with dear friends who served with Cru in France for years. It was refreshing to be in the States and especially precious to see our families. Our return to France was unfortunately not smooth. Rejected at the airport the day of our flight because we didn't have the required less than 72 hours old Covid test, we scrambled to try to get official lab results back quickly enough. In the end, a letter from the French consulate in L.A. was needed to grant us an exception. We left just two days later than planned, having the pleasure of being tested for Covid three times in as many days. At least we can say that upon our arrival in France we were clear!

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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.

Sisters
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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