What are you looking forward to this year? 2018 looks to be an adventure for us. For starters, May was asked to step back into leading France's technology team in September. Her team has two big simultaneous projects which she needs to manage. One is completely redoing agapefrance.org to make it mobile device friendly. The second is creating a new giving site where people can donate to Agapé staff members, ministries and projects. In the photo you can see May in an intense Post-it note planning session as she defined every step in the process and the order they need to be done. Our windows are covered in snowflakes in December, but she found room for the myriad of Post-its. She's taking on a lot of additional responsibility, but we know from experience she's well suited for this job. It was May who led the technology team when they first formed years ago. Her clarity of thought and eye for details make her an excellent team leader.
I'm continuing to learn as much as I can about creating animated videos. Right now I'm taking an intermediary step which involves three of the software I need to learn. The video I'm making will have a character who represents me walking through a virtual gallery of my artwork. I'm learning a ton in the process, such as how to capture good quality audio and incorporate it, another essential ingredient. I look forward to landing on a script for a video to be used with Everystudent.com, the first tangible goal. At the same time, I'm responding to more and more emails I receive from questions2vie and demarreravecDieu. Many originate from the email series we offer. God keeps working through this as well, and sometime soon I'll tell you more about these conversations.
December was filled with concerts, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Efrem played piccolo and flute with his band, whose performance of Silverado gave me goose-bumps. Then the full company of flutists accompanied an orchestra playing in a beautifully restored church downtown. Using a large range of different flutes, from the piccolo to the bass flute, they took on a Bach piece that was originally written for strings. Silas played with the conservatory's symphony at the opera house in Rennes, where the seats are plush and the stage is enormous. It had to be to fit all of the musicians! They skillfully interpreted works by Haydn, Bizet and Ravel. If you'd like to hear Efrem's latest recital, it is on our Youtube channel. I also shared a few thoughts on the parallels between my musical life and spiritual life on our blog, if you'd like to check that out. Thank you for standing with us doing Christ's work here in France!