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.
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!