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Schaller Family News

“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” John 2:19

Thirty-One

Trent went to Toulouse, France for the European Student Summit. Students from fourteen different countries came for training, outreach, and service. Trent met up with his British counterpart, Stephen, with the aim of providing technical support for our campus staff and to recruit some more geeks.

How do you find geeks in an auditorium full of students? Trent asked if anyone in the room knows how to count to 31 on one hand. The room was filled with confusion. Then one student called out, “binary!” and got one or two nods of understanding. Trent had found the right people. Maybe you are still not sure what any of this means. Perfect.

Each finger on your hand represents an order of two in the binary counting system. The first finger is one, the second is two, the third is four, the fourth is eight and the fifth finger is sixteen. So by different combinations of fingers, one can count from zero to thirty-one. It is actually a simple pattern.

Trent only taught three people. Those people taught others and soon people were coming up to Trent excited to show him the trick they had learned. Do you see how this mirrors Jesus’s model of discipleship? As our students disciple others who will then disciple others, we hope they will remember to send a few geeks our way.

Our students spent a few days in Toulouse making connections on campuses. They invited their new acquaintances to an international party scheduled for Saturday night. That turned out to be a night of protests in Toulouse, and everyone had to walk near tear gas and firecrackers (Trent was somewhat hit with both). But the night was a hit. Many French students came to dance, eat foods they had never heard of, and continue spiritual conversations.

Forty students heard the Gospel during those four days. Please pray for them and for our Agapé students. They returned to their campuses with a vision and a challenge: to share their hope with five friends and five classmates. Also they will challenge three friends to do the same. Imagine the crowd of people who would hear the Good News! Maybe you, too, would like to join the challenge. Who might God want you to take a step of faith with?

Fire

“Did you hear about Notre Dame?” several people asked Tara. Her heart sank with dread, expecting to hear about an attack. As she read about the fire— that many priceless treasures were lost— she couldn’t help but feel relieved. No one was hurt. God’s temple is where the Holy Spirit is: in us. But before the Holy Spirit came to us, Christ was the temple. He predicted, "Tear this temple down, and I will rebuild it in three days." It is Easter, so let’s tell everybody about the hope that rises from the greatest sacrifice!

Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia, Rachel and Tessa

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John 15:5

"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.”