In our bi-weekly meeting with our fellow staff members in Rennes we do a "tour de reconnaissance," where each person shares something they're grateful for. Often, it's hard to choose because there is so much to thank God for! Here are just a few:
- May and her team plan on deploying the new Agapé France website in only a few weeks! The new site will be formatted for any size screen, from phones to desktops. They're making great progress, testing and fixing any bugs now.
- Dan has four scripts finalized and two storyboards that he has proposed to make into animated videos. He has a lot to learn, but is enjoying the process.
- The sun has returned and we are playing our first games on the new and only baseball field in Rennes. It took 2 years of construction and an investment from the city of over $700,000. It has a synthetic turf infield and is beautiful to play on. The 13-15 year-olds have had a rough start, with 3 losses and 1 tie. We can only get better, right?!
- You! We are a team, and each person who prays and generously gives makes what we see God do in France possible. Thank you for partnering with us. We are grateful for you!
We haven't shared very much about Silas yet this year. Each week Silas has 32 hours of class as a junior in high school and 10 hours of class at the music conservatory. That makes for a lot of work when he finally gets home at night, sometimes as late as 9:30! Our biggest challenge with Silas is encouraging him to get enough sleep. Silas still does remarkably well in school, with some of the best grades in his class. And he recently got the highest grade possible - très bien - from the jury at his violin exam. He played four challenging pieces by heart for over twenty minutes. During his spring break he took some lessons from a renowned violinist who used to teach at the top French music school in Paris (the CNSM), a neat opportunity. Next year he plans on achieving a professional music degree at the Rennes conservatory. He hopes to pursue traditional academics as well as music studies.
Silas took the PSAT test at a local school, which was quite an experience. It revealed a major gap in his math vocabulary. He has an excellent level in math, but everything has been in French. So when asked what the "mean" is, for example, he didn't understand the question! Math vocabulary can be different than what we use in everyday life. However, he is well prepared to write in English thanks to the international section at school. His literature teacher routinely asks them to write up to ten essays at a time, which Silas spends hours upon hours doing. Unfortunately, only one is collected and graded. Such is life!