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.
We continued with some songs, skits and snacks again on Friday morning.
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.
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!
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.