La Lumiere
February, 2018
Visiting Ronda Spain during the mid-year conference.
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ONLINE CONVERSATIONS

"How can you really believe in the existence of God or of Jesus Christ? I doubt the veracity of any religion. Do we have any concrete proof?"

"How is it possible to be born of a virgin?"

"In the midst of failure and frustration, sometimes I think I can’t be accepted by God."

"Yes, Jesus can use me to tell others about him!"

"What is God doing in my life? If I could shout loud enough for the world to hear I would. He [God] is simply wonderful because he’s providing beyond my expectations. I’m very thankful."

This is a sample of some of the emails I’ve received through our evangelism and discipleship websites. These conversations are divine appointments! God is connecting me with people who are seeking him or are passionate about growing in their faith. The last quote is from a young college student who was living with an older man who supported her financially. I encouraged her to trust in God to provide and leave that relationship. How often are we afraid of the consequences, even when we know the right choice? God rewards our faith! To bring this full circle, the first quote comes from a man I’ve exchanged 45 emails with. Take a moment to reread what he wrote, can you see beyond the doubt to the hope lingering there? In spite of what seem to be strong opinions, he was very open. Here is a snippet of a more recent email from him -

"Considering everything I know, I can say that the Bible is true, the old and new testaments. His son Jesus took over from the old testament. He is God!"

Amen! What a joy it has been to accompany him on his journey.

Thanks to a colleague at Cru running Google ads, monthly traffic to questions2vie.com has increased to over 100,000 visitors per month. More and more French speakers are hearing the gospel! The email series we offer continues to grow too. Right now, there are 394 people receiving emails which either challenge them to believe or mature in their faith. This is increasing the number of emails I receive significantly. That’s exciting, but also heavy on my time. Here’s one last email I found encouraging.

"I just wrote a friend concerning my doubts about faith. Then I prayed God would bring me back like a pastor would his dispersed flock. Then I went to read the newspaper on my ipad. Between two articles, I saw this article about Jesus. It’s clearly a nod from Jesus telling me not to be discouraged."

Cliffs of Ronda.

Ronda was built on cliffs and connected by this bridge.

May and Suzy

May connected with her good friend Suzy.

Sandcastle
Selfie by the beach.

Praises

  • for a refreshing and resourcing time in Spain.

Please pray

  • for the Lord to work in people’s lives, even online.
  • that May’s team would make encouraging progress on their web site projects.
  • for Silas as he researches colleges.
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SPAIN

For the first time in 15 years we attended the mid-year conference in Malaga Spain. It was refreshing being reminded of our calling, especially focusing on who has called us. A friend from church stayed with the boys while we were away.

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La Lumiere
January, 2018
Skiing in December.
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BONNE ANNÉE 2018!

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.

Project planning.
Enjoying the snow.
The symphony orchestra.
Playing the piccolo.

Praises

  • for a joyful musical December!

Please pray

  • for Dan's continued progress in learning animation.
  • that May will motivate and lead her team well.
  • for Silas and Efrem to continue to do well in school and grow in the Lord.
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PICCOLO

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!

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