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Thankful for HOPE!

October 2011 Connection

Greece has been facing dire circumstances lately that you have likely heard about in the news. The situation stinks not just figuratively, but literally too as the strikes have led to mountains of garbage overflowing on nearly every street in the city! Thankfully we have a Living Hope that does not rest in the hands of men, but in a loving and wise God who will be faithful to achieve His purposes for His glory. We continue to trust in Him for all of our needs - thanking Him for how He has provided so abundantly, especially for the richness of His grace and mercy! May God continue to use us to connect others to the Source of True Life and Hope we have through the completed work of Christ who died a sacrificial death to free us from our stinky sin!
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It is great to be working in the same environment where I used to be a student. I get to walk through the same buildings, interact with many of the same professors, and follow the weekly schedule of chapel services, small-group times, coffee breaks, and meals. We also listen to a number of ministries who come and talk to the students about the work they are doing among the homeless, drug addicts, refugees, prostitutes, etc. From time to time I even get to hear (and sometimes participate in) the same good ol’ theological debates that often take place on campus. But then I realize that none of the students are the same. And when I pay a little more attention I see how the buildings have changed, some new professors have joined, the weekly schedule has been adjusted slightly, and some new ministries have sprung up in the city. God is apparently working here, as He is also working everywhere, but I’m so thankful we have a front row seat to watch what He’s doing in Greece!
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Story Time! How do we share the truth of the Gospel with those who aren’t living with the HOPE of Salvation in Christ? This month our students sought answers to that question in their evangelism classes. One night Pav & I joined them as they went to a busy plateia (square) to look for opportunities to share their faith. At one point, a cute little girl rode by me on her bicycle smiling. Her name was Fotini, meaning “bright.” I smiled back and prayed for the students to be bright shining lights through their words AND actions! What a joy it was to hear the enthusiasm later that evening as stories were told about the opportunities God had given us to be a light brightening the way for those lost in darkness! As for library project news - We completed a major overhaul to the reference section this month! It was a challenge both physically (lots of heavy books to shift and re-shift) and mentally (assigning new cataloging numbers to match our organizational goals), but once again I find myself genuinely enjoying this sort of “tedious detail-oriented” work!
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«Εὐλογητὸς ὁ θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ,
ὁ κατὰ τὸ πολὺ αὐτοῦ ἔλεος ἀναγεννήσας ἡμᾶς εἰς
 ἐλπίδα ζῶσαν
δι’ ἀναστάσεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ ἐκ νεκρῶν»
Α’ Πέτρου 1,3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again to
living hope (=assurance)
through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”
1 Peter 1:3

Please pray with us...
Thanking God for the opportunity to be a “bright light” at an Athens plateia
Thanking God for wonderful friendships with other Christian young couples
For the follow-up meetings the students are having with those they witnessed to
That our priorities and focus will remain clear in our work, fearing God, not man
That we will be a light for Christ in our apartment building and neighborhood!
That we are ever more joyful & confident in the living hope we have in Christ!
Playing games with our friends, the girls were extremely happy to tie for the win!
We went up to another high place in the city at sunset :-) Read Psalm 33:
Sing to the Lord a new song...
We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us,
LORD, as we put our hope in you.


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