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CELEBRATING 30 YEARS

When we arrived in Rennes in 2006 we entered a ministry that was already well established. It's good to be part of something bigger than you! This Saturday we held an event celebrating 30 years of Cru ministry in Rennes. Everyone was invited who's been connected with the ministry over the years to commemorate and praise God for what He has done. A praise team was assembled with past and present students. Organizing this team was Dan's responsibility, choosing songs, organizing practices, and connecting everyone to the sound system. It went remarkably well! There were also photo slide shows from each decade and testimonies from people whose lives were impacted. Cru in Rennes started with campus ministry but grew in diversity, hosting outreaches to women, men's bible studies, activities for migrant children, and multiple city-wide evangelistic events. Cru has been a federating presence for churches too, gathering them together for common projects, so the impact grows. One of the people who shared their testimony during the celebration said, "To all of you who are on staff, know that the seeds you are sewing in people's lives make a difference, whether you see them come to fruition or not." And that is the beauty of working by faith - we have to trust God for everything, from His guidance to His Spirit working through us to the eternal impact we hope and pray for. Thank you for being a part of this, for partnering with us by faith and trusting Him for results. The celebration we had Saturday was a glimpse into the fruits of this ministry, and it was beautiful.

Notre Dame after fire.

Dan and Efrem stopped by Notre Dame (in the background on the left) after the fire.

30 years of Agapé Rennes.

Having fun at the 30 year celebration.

Redwings baseball.
Praise band at celebration.

Please pray

  • for May as she takes time to listen to God and seek his direction for the next technical projects.
  • for Silas' final concert to validate his professional music diploma June 7, he has some challenging pieces to play.
  • for clarity and wisdom as Silas makes college choices.
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BASEBALL IN FRANCE

Baseball season in France starts in September. So every Saturday Efrem and Dan, as player and coach, have been preparing with their team, the Redwings. It's a long season and a big commitment. Now it's the sprint to the end, with two tournaments, the semi-final and final to play. Efrem was selected for the regional all-star team, and Dan was asked to help coach that team. This opportunity is especially fun because Efrem gets a chance to play at an elevated level. At the end of the regular season, Efrem is leading the league in batting average, slugging percentage, and RBIs. Sorry, but his coach is definitely proud of him. Those extra hours of catch and batting practice have paid off. After coaching the team for 6 years, Dan will likely be hanging up his coaching hat. On one hand, it will be nice to be relieved of that responsibility. But it has been special to have a short window to invest in the lives of so many young baseball players. By faith, those seeds will also make a difference!

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Silas and Efrem after school.
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BETTER VISION

Clear vision is critical. For the first time ever I (Dan) have glasses, purely for close up work. It's age, pure and simple. As people start to show interest in what a creative team in France might look like, it's important to have a clear vision. So, let's imagine together! In five years time, we would love to see a team of at least five creative artists working together. They will have a variety of skills: illustration, design, videography, photography, animation, and writing. They will encourage and sharpen each other, working together and giving each other candid feedback. Their team devotions will be creative and inspiring. When Agapé France has a design need, they will turn to them because the mission of helping others discover, live and share the gospel is beautiful! Each one's work will be better because of the team, and they'll be thrilled to use their God given talent to help build God's kingdom. They will be working on several projects: designing a social media campaign for campus ministry, editing a video testimony for the women's ministry, writing and illustrating a comic book that asks spiritual questions, and animating a presentation of the gospel to be shared online. The ministries they serve will be free to dream without the fear of outrageous costs. Everyone wins! I would love to see that become reality. Recently I filmed and edited a video for the French national director as he presented the importance of reaching cities with the gospel. The video was shown at a European leadership conference. Sure, he could have simply taken a video with his phone, but it wouldn't have had the audio or visual quality. This way his message gets across with no distraction. Beautiful.

Dan films video for Francis.

Please pray

  • that Dan finds artists motivated to serve on a French creative team.
  • for May's efforts to get Agapé France set up on a new financial software system.
  • for Silas' final tests and important choices.
Silas and May having a coffee.

Sharing a breakfast treat with Silas.

Dan gets glasses.
Creative team building.

Having fun in a team building activity.

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PLENTY OF PURSUITS

Silas has finalized his applications to schools in France, mostly in the Paris area. He also has an offer from Imperial College in London, under the condition that he achieves a 17/20 on his BAC exam. Without getting into the details of the French grading system, that's a tall order. But Silas is an excellent student. Imperial is a very interesting option, as it's ranked among the top ten in the world. Still, there are some options in Paris that he might prefer because the price would be negligible. We won't know where he'll study before July.

So Silas has a lot happening in the next few months: finding out where he's accepted and deciding where to continue his studies, taking his end of high school BAC exam, and taking his final exam at the Rennes Conservatory to receive a professional music degree. He is a diligent and brilliant student. Join us in praying for him!

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