La Lumiere
February, 2020
Celebrating Dan's birthday.
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DIGITAL WORLD, DIGITAL OUTREACH

In 19 years serving with Cru we've seen a lot of changes. My hair's turned gray, social media became the main influencer, and time spend in front of screens has skyrocketed. When we first started, our main activity was initiating face-to-face conversations with students on campus. Today, I'm in conversation with seekers every day online. This requires a new set of skills, different than the ones Cru has leaned on for decades past. Email conversations have a different pace, and without the benefit of seeing non-verbal signals or hearing tone we have to be intentional to listen and communicate well. The competitive arena of gaining people's attention on social media also demands expertise. The digital world is a new ministry challenge with remarkable potential. I was encouraged to hear reports of what other countries are doing in digital ministry when I attended the European digital summit in Rotterdam. Video projects, Instagram feeds and Facebook outreaches were in the spotlight. Digital strategies has enormous breadth of possibility, with the need for experts in lots of different areas. I learned many useful things. To follow up on the digital momentum, May and I met with the digital council for Cru in France to talk about our local efforts to use technology effectively. This gathering was in Rennes, which is always nice to visit. The group took advantage of a Google workshop where we heard a presentation about how Google innovates. It's a pertinent subject, because that is exactly what ministry is doing by reaching into the digital realm. How is it working? Here is an email I received just two days ago from Alfred, who is receiving our email series on the gospel of John - "I am completely delighted, very comforted, and well nourished by this biblical study. Since receiving this email series, I feel a big change in myself... People tell me that I have changed, that I'm enlightened, and my way of speaking changed overnight." Praise God for what he is doing in Alfred's life and so many others!

Dan in Rotterdam

Praises

  • that the sound insulation booth is installed!
  • that the transportation strikes have calmed.

Please pray

  • for May's work on the giving sites for Panama and the UK.
  • that the national staff conference this month would be an encouraging time for us all.
Sound booth

Efrem and Silas playing in the new sound booth.

Digital council members

The French digital council outside of the Google workshop in Rennes.

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FREEDOM!

Efrem stepped into the room within a room, closing the double doors at the entrance. We strained to listen as he started to play his flute. It was faint, amazingly faint. With 9 inches of insulated space between the outer and inner walls, the sound booth is very effective. After three months of effort, calls, emails, and jumping through hoops, it is finally installed. The boys have complete freedom to practice in our apartment! We thank you for your prayers for us and our neighbors. It is an extreme solution, but hopefully one the boys can employ for years to come. Now they just need to agree on who practices when!

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La Lumiere
January, 2020
Galleries Lafayette
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BIG PERSPECTIVE

Cru is a good sized organization, with projects in 173 nations around the world. That requires a lot of guiding and managing, especially in the digital realm. The Global Digital Council's job is to fly at thirty thousand feet and keep the big perspective on Cru's digital strategy and digital assets, like web sites, apps, social media accounts, as well as online services. May has been a part of this team for a year, attending meetings via video calls. But in December everyone traveled to Orlando to sit around the table and discuss technology and ministry.

May has also added a new responsibility to her plate, or should we say platter. Agapé France has accepted to share May's time so she can work on an ambitious project - developing new giving sites for additional countries based off the giving system implemented in France. She is now the technical lead working with a small team of people so the system can be standardized and duplicated with ease for any country and language. By March they should have sites for Panama and the United Kingdom open. It will be a good test, three countries and three languages. May is excited to take on this new responsibility, in part because she is so well suited; she knows the French give site forward and backward and is an astute project manager. Her work is invaluable to France, but it's exciting to soar and see the big perspective, even contributing to the needs of other countries. We truly appreciate you partnering with us in this work!

Global Digital Council

May with the Global Digital Council in Orlando.

2 Thess. 1:11

A little doodle of Dan's thoughts on prayer (2 Thess. 1:11).

Christmas in Rennes

Please pray

  • for May's work on the improvements to the give site solution.
  • that the sound insulation booth can be delivered on time.
  • that the root of the transportation strikes in France will soon be resolved.
  • for wisdom responding to emails and creativity in making a bumper video for the national staff conference.
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WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR

We really appreciate your prayers for the stressful and difficult situation we have with our upstairs neighbors. From the first note played in the apartment they have gone to great lengths to express their disapproval of the boys practicing their instruments, even during the day. God is working on my heart to forgive them, so I won't go into details. This puts us in a tough position. We have ordered up an insulated sound booth that the boys can use to practice at home. Roughly 7.5 by 6 feet, with two doors and two walls with sound insulation in between, it should be an effective solution to the problem. May and I are hoping that we can still hear some of the music. They've been forced to find other places to practice (hallways and bathrooms of the Conservatory, a local church, an office space on Sunday) but we really miss hearing them play. The sound booth should be delivered at the end this month. In the mean time, Efrem played in an international flute competition held nearby, where he tied for second place for his level. He played very well, and we're proud of him. Silas had a violin recital and two choral concerts that we really enjoyed. Music remains an important part of our lives!

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