Schaller Family News
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:13
How would Jesus do ministry if he had a smartphone? At the beginning of April, a group of staff from around France sat down to talk about that. We called it the first “Digital Committee” and it included our members of our technology, communications, campus, and online outreach ministries. Our goal was to get an overview of our current individual efforts and see how we can better collaborate as we seek to make Jesus known in France. Thousands of people are hearing the gospel through our web sites. Some of them take the next step to talk to us about it. How can we reach more people with the good news of Jesus?
One example of this collaboration is the release of our most recent site: jesus.fr. It is worth a look even if you do not speak French. Trent’s team spent a few days updating our main site to help promote jesus.fr. The first video to be featured is the Jesus film, which was recently remastered in HD. Take a look at agapefrance.org right now!
Did you look at that on a mobile device? Chances are that you did, and you might notice that the site is not really built with small screens in mind. Trent’s current project is to redesign the site so that it adapts in size. This is a constantly changing target, so please pray for wisdom and patience!
Speaking of websites, back in 2009 Tara responded to questions that were submitted to everystudent.com. Embarrassingly, yesterday she found an email in her “drafts” folder that she had never replied to. It was from a girl named Larisa, and the question was, “How do we get to heaven?” Even though 8 years have passed, Tara did not want to ignore this question. She replied with a brief personal note and one of her favorite verses: “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 3:17. This verse defines eternal life as a relationship. Sadly, the girl’s email address no longer worked. So Tara found her on facebook and sent a message. Within minutes, yes, minutes, Larisa replied. Tara responded again. Larisa replied with, “Wow, this is so timely, thank you! ❤” And God is good, even through technology. We pray now that he will continue to provide people who can help Larisa in her hunt for answers.
Recently the playgroup was planning an Easter party. While helping our kids on the see-saws, one mom moved close to Tara and said, “We will definitely do an egg hunt. The kids loved it last year. Do you know of any Easter-themed games we could play?” This woman knows our faith, so Tara thought she was asking for a Christian game. Her mind spun trying to craft a game about dying and rising again, but wait, no, that’s too morbid for small ones. So Tara told her friend about “Resurrection eggs,” which tell the story of Easter in a fun way.
This Albanian mom just stared at Tara, very confused. Tara finally said, “Oh, did you mean Christian games or bunnies and eggs?” The mom clarified, “Just bunnies and candy and things kids will like. You know, just Easter stuff.” And that’s when Tara’s heart dropped. Some people truly don’t know about the real Easter. Tara herself didn’t get it until she was an adult. This mom moved on to talk with someone else who might have other game ideas. Thank you for praying for the playgroup and our ongoing witness among these dear friends. Thanks for praying for the masses of people online who are seeking God with curious hearts. He will not hide himself.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia and Rachel