La Lumiere
October, 2018
Back to school.

Think about an 18 year old college student, whose birth year doesn't start with a nineteen. They never knew the world without the internet and were starting grade school when the first major smartphone was released. Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook are their playgrounds. They have the same relational and spiritual needs, but the way their relationships connect is digital. The French campus ministry had a great idea to kick off this school year. They had a conference focusing on being digital: using social media to connect with students, using the digital tools available to them, and engaging in outreach online. May and I were there, excited to represent the technology team and digital strategies. Presenting the French EveryStudent and StartingWithGod websites, I reported a noteworthy jump in the number of visits, averaging 78,000 per month in the last year. And although the highest percentage is from France (#1) and French speaking Canada (#4), over 60% of visits are in African countries. These sites are reaching the French speaking world. This includes the thousands of people who have signed up to receive our email series. I encouraged the campus staff to get to know the articles on because there are excellent answers to questions students are asking, a relevant digital resource. During the conference, I also had the opportunity to host the video option of the digital outreach. The objective was to record a testimony in 30 seconds or less, being open and real about your walk with Jesus, inviting your friends to talk with you about it. These were then posted or shared in Facebook or Instagram. I really enjoyed coaching the campus staff through recording the video and refining the testimony to be on point and inviting dialogue.

Campus kickoff.

The yearly campus kick-off conference.

Dan presenting.

Please pray

  • for May, her small team and their big projects, notably building a new giving site.
  • that Silas and Efrem would be committed in their walk with the Lord and focused on their studies.
  • for the final stages of Dan's first animated video, making it viewable to as many as possible.
Tech help.

Helping campus staff with their technical questions.

Dan being digital.

Dan being digital.


We love first day of school pictures. Since Silas is a senior, this might be the last one with everyone together. You've probably noticed they're both taller than May! Silas is applying to colleges in the US, the UK, and in France. What exactly he'll study is still being defined, but we do know music will be an element. Silas wants the flexibility to pursue violin along with other studies. This factor along with where he is accepted and affordability will inform the decision making process. À suivre.

Efrem is a freshman, the final year of middle school in France with its "Brevet" completion exam. He has also started his professional degree at the conservatory, which means taking evening classes in composition and rhythm, and playing in the same orchestra as his brother! His skill with the flute continues to progress at race-horse pace; he is a rare talent. Of course, Efrem is playing baseball once again this year, working on his changeup and curveball.

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La Lumiere
September, 2018
The Workman Family

One of the most exciting moments of the summer was late one night in the dorm in Tokaj Hungary during the Crescendo Summer Institute. I heard voices in the hallway outside our room. Silas and Efrem were talking with two students from Portugal about their faith in Christ. The boys were part of the youth discussion group May and I were leading, where they asked lots of questions clearly expressing their agnosticism. They really wanted to know why we believe in God. Silas and Efrem's enthusiasm for this open discussion of faith was evident. They were experiencing the thrill of sharing Christ! Later, they beamed when recounting their conversation.

The theme for the morning devotionals, and our discussion group, was happiness. We explored, "What do you need to be happy?" as well as considering the importance of close relationships and the joy knowing God brings. Our group had young students from nine different countries. For us, being at Crescendo again was amazing, enveloped in music and the Christian love that permeates the institute. There were so many concerts! Once again, Silas and Efrem participated, having frequent opportunities to perform, solo, in ensembles, and even Beethoven's 3rd symphony. One more thrilling moment was watching Efrem nail the piece he played at the final gala concert (Nocturne et Allegro Scherzando by Gaubert). He had the privilege of being chosen out of 15 flutists to play.

Chamber music.

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Efrem playing at the Gala.

Efrem takes a bow at the gala concert.

Final stop in Spain.

On the Santiago Bridge connecting France and Spain.

Bikes loaded with gear.
Bike route.

Please pray

  • for wisdom as May leads the technology team, prioritizing what's most important.
  • that Silas and Efrem (senior and freshman) would have successful studies in school and at the conservatory.
  • for good progress and learning as Dan works to finish the "Connecting" animated video.

We were home only a few days (to catch up on laundry) before we left on our family's fifth biking/camping adventure. We continued following the same trail where we left off two years ago. This time we made it all the way to Spain, crossing the Santiago Bridge! The final leg covered 126 miles of the south-western coast. We passed through Bayonne and Biarritz, taking in the Basque culture. This area is also known for its waves, which Silas and Efrem notably love to body-surf. The boys also were put in charge of cooking with the camping stove, another good skill to develop. Our bikes, laden with saddle bags, had zero problems. Their riders, on the other hand, sometimes had to climb off and push them up the hills as we got closer to the border and the mountains.

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