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November

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!

November 2011 Connection

This month was filled with many significant events.  Greece’s prime minister resigned, and a new coalition government was formed to navigate through the dangerous waters ahead. We continue to pray for these leaders, but we also pray for the thousands of Greeks struggling financially, especially since many are without a confident hope in Christ. We also went to seminars, a friend’s wedding, and on a visa trip for Nathan, a fellow Sully, Iowan taking the year-long biblical studies program in English at the Bible College! What a privilege to visit biblical sites like Thessaloniki and Philippi, to have encouraging conversations, and to be blessed with such warm hospitality from friends and family along the way. Although we do miss our Iowa family this holiday season, we are THANKFUL for the love we have here as well!
 
 
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One thing that attracted us towards serving at the College was that we would have a unique opportunity to attend the various seminars that take place on campus. This past month we attended two, but we also watched a recorded seminar on Life Transformation Groups. The general idea behind these groups is three-fold: “Emptying” by confessing struggles, before “Filling-up” in a recurring Bible Study that has been preceded by a week of individual Bible reading, and then “Overflowing” into prayer for specific people who still need to know Christ as their Savior. To maintain close, intentional relationships, these groups grow no larger than two or three, and when a fourth person joins, the group splits in half, with the same goal of continual multiplication. I’m so thankful to God because without even pursuing it, a new believer asked me to do this exact thing together! We have already started meeting regularly, and we are looking forward to seeing how God is going to use us through this! As far as my computer job at the College, let me just say that the work load is large (larger than I expected!); but things are moving and they are moving well.
 
 
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“What similar stories we have!” my friend and I realized as we sat together chatting while working on her final wedding day preparations. In the summer of 2008, we both arrived in Greece to serve the local church After her wedding day this month; we are BOTH married to a Greek and live in the SAME neighborhood in Athens. While we still serve the church in various ways, now we also have the important task of pursuing Christ-likeness within our marriages. We look forward to being close neighbors so we can meet more often for encouragement. We are wives in need of “beauty treatments” that extend far beyond our wedding days! As for library news, this week we say good-bye to a wonderful couple that has served the college library off-and-on for seven years. Since we arrived this fall, they have been teaching me everything they know about working in a library. I’m honored to have learned from them. When they leave, I will take over even more of the routine librarian duties, as well as continue to help Pav transfer our library database on-line - a daunting, yet exciting task! 
 
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Τῷ δὲ θεῷ χάρις τῷ πάντοτε θριαμβεύοντι ἡμᾶς ἐν τῷ Χριστῷ καὶ τὴν ὀσμὴν τῆς γνώσεως αὐτοῦ φανεροῦντι δι’ ἡμῶν ἐν παντὶ τόπῳ.
- 2 Κορινθίους 2:14
But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.
- 2 Corinthians 2:14
Please pray with us...
·   Thanking God for the celebration of marriage on our friends’ wedding day
·   Thanking God for safety on our trip with Nathan to northern Greece
·   For the holiday break ahead to be a refreshing time for the students and staff
·   That we can be an encouragement to the students in the midst of their studies
·   That we will maintain diligent focus in our giant library organizational tasks
·   That the confident hope we have in Christ will overflow to others!
With the beautiful bride!
This week was filled with many "Philippians encouragements!" Our first visit to Ancient Philippi, hearing a sermon on Philippians 2, and Meg quoting parts of Philippians in chapel! 

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