Schaller Family News
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace...” 1 Peter 4:10
Trent’s team launched a new donation site for Agapé France. It is a huge improvement over the old site as it is secure and saves our staff a lot of extra manual work. Not to mention it works on mobile phones. Chances are you are reading this on a mobile phone right now. Just take a look at the images. These are from our old and new donation sites, showing the list of our ministries in France. The old one is just text, and it is too small to read on a mobile phone. The new site adapts to any screen size and search engines like Google will make our site easier to find because it’s mobile-friendly and secure.
As an added bonus, the donation site integrates with our main site to create a seamless user experience. Technically they are running on different servers on different continents, but why should that matter?
The old site
The new site
Each of our French missionary staff can now edit their own presentation page for raising their support, which used to be handled exclusively by our administrative team. You can take a look at the happy faces in the picture as Trent’s team trains our leaders how to set up a donation page for their individual ministries.
Not long after the new donation site went live, Trent received an email from one of our French staff saying that they could not log in to our main site. It was Saturday and we had a long trip to prepare for, but Trent took a quick look. Yup, busted site. We share a server with a lot of other countries, but the French team has been keeping it running for years now. The security certificate had expired. Renewing the expired security certificate took five minutes. Phew!
So what is next? Trent is currently working on setting up donation tools for Agapé Sans Frontières, one of our ministries that focuses on developing sustainable communities in some of the poorest countries in the world. After that, several other ministries around the world have seen our donation site and asked if they could have one too. Partnerships like this are the stuff of dreams for Trent, and one of the reasons that working overseas is such an adventure. Thanks for praying for the French geeks, and please pray that other ministries may quickly benefit from this work!
Unfortunately, the results of Milo’s cancer tests were not good. He has re-started intense chemotherapy. We have not seen him in a couple weeks; Mauricette says he sleeps a lot and is slowing down. She told us today, “I’m praying all the time, but to whom? I’m not sure.” She can barely eat or sleep. Please keep praying for them both! We hope to get a babysitter and watch the “Jesus” film with them someday soon. We’re also having them over for dinner next week. Please pray for time, peace, and that Christ’s victory over death will also be theirs.
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia, Rachel and Tessa