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"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31
In the classic film Chariots of Fire, Eric Liddell says “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.” It certainly seems that some people are made to do specific things for the glory of God.
Trent would adapt Eric’s quote with, “...when I bring order to a chaotic system, I feel God’s pleasure.” Do you have an idea how you would finish the quote during this season of your life?
This summer Trent helped Austria Cru migrate their staff to our global communications systems. Sound familiar? We have already helped France, French-speaking Africa, and the Western European leadership. With just a few countries left, the “finish line” is in sight!
Maxi is a college student and part-time staff in Austria. She was asked to be the lead on this project that would affect all Austrian staff. As a student preparing for a career in teaching, Maxi found herself staring at a screen with the Microsoft Administration Panel in front of her. She had no idea how to begin. It was like the pole vault, and she didn’t have a pole. Since Austria has no technical staff, Trent was called in to coach her— in her second language. After weeks of talking through the technical aspects, she was able to effectively communicate the project with her colleagues in German.
We hit several bumps of course, and by God’s grace we were able to keep going. There was a lot to prepare before the migration weekend when we turned off the old Austrian system and got the new one up and running. It worked! Please keep praying for clear communication across languages, cultures and time zones. You can also pray with us that Maxi would be strong and courageous as she finishes college and embarks on a new “race course” with God.
Hey, we had a baby! You probably knew that. When Elise was 4 weeks old, God granted us the immense privilege of taking our family back to America after two years away. We did our best to keep it simple (haha!), and we spent our days lounging by various pools with tiny nieces and nephews. Trent was getting up early to work with the Europeans. What a trip! God provided just what we had been dreaming of!
The six of us flew back to France on August 25 (Tessa’s 3rd birthday). It is a new season for us here. Lydia has advanced to third grade and has started learning Chinese. Rachel started first grade and with it, elementary school. Tessa has started 3K preschool in the mornings and sings French songs completely wrong, but it’s cute! Last night she told Trent, “my teacher said ‘A demain,’ and dats a fwench goodbye sound.” Trent is able to work at the office again. He bikes home at noon to have lunch with the whole family. Tara and Elise are cooing at neighbors, hosting playdates, and trying to carve out a nap schedule. This week we were pleased to host our first Bible study through our church. What a blessing to gather believers from this “quartier” and pray for our neighborhood and for each other!
Thank you for your prayers and support!
Love, Trent, Tara, Lydia, Rachel, Tessa and Elise