Last weekend, the Centre Chrétien d’Enseignement du Français (CCEF) in Albertville celebrated it’s 50th anniversary. It was a full weekend which started on Thursday with skits, poster, tree planting and videos by each of the classes to commemorate this special occasion.
One of the class projects to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our language school.
We continued with some songs, skits and snacks again on Friday morning.
An intellectual discussion on French orthography and 50 years of learning French at CCEF in Albertville. This is Shannon’s class.
Saturday morning, Shannon helped to lead small groups of visitors as they toured the school. Then there was the official ceremony on Saturday afternoon. All of the current students participated in a chorale for the ceremony and Brian’s class performed their song to transition from officials to testimonies of formers students.
This is the current language students singing “Entrez Dans Ses Portes” (Enter In His Gates)
The final part of the celebration was on Sunday morning. All of the evangelical churches in Albertville joined together for a special service followed by hors d’oeuvres. Actually, each of the 50th anniversary events were followed up by a little snack. It was very French, complete with champagne (plain or with crème de cassis), pain surprise (a bread bowl filled with a variety of tiny sandwiches), and lots of little quiches and charcuterie. The cake for the Jubilé was especially festive with large fireworks!
The kids got all dressed up for the parties too! It was a long couple of days for them, but they had a lot of fun playing with all the other kids.
This photo was captured by another student, who found this to be a very typical American (in a very French space). This was taken while we were cleaning up.
It was a full weekend with a wonderful celebration of all the ways that God has used this school to teach and send out over 2600 missionaries from over 30 countries to 36 different francophone countries. God’s work is ongoing and it is so encouraging to be a part of something so much bigger than we can see.