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May

Our first full school year working for GrBC comes to an end.
Please pray with us for our graduates!! 
May 2012 Connection

This has been another eventful month full of joys, but mixed with emotional struggles.
 
Singing for the church in Alexandroupoli

To kick off the month of May, we participated in the college's annual ministry tour ("periodia"). Forty people "trapped" in a charter bus for hours on the road creates great opportunities for relationship building conversations! That certainly happened as we drove together with our entire college family from place to place across Northern Greece to encourage local evangelical believers. We spent time with a group of teenagers, giving them useful Bible study tools and simply having fun hanging out together, taking interest in their lives; we answered local pastors questions with details about what the Greek Bible College has to offer for potential future students; and while visiting five different churches and one hospital where a Christian brother is the director, students and faculty gave testimony to how God has been at work in their lives. We also crossed the border into Turkey to tour historically important religious sites in Constantinople.
 

The Blue Mosque
 
One of the neatest parts of the trip was the relationship our group collectively built with our tour guide who traveled with us the entire time. She was very interested in all that we were doing, even sitting in on our church presentations. Several students had personal conversations with her to share more about why they've taken a year or two or three to study the Bible in depth at the college, and about Jesus - the Way, the Truth, and the Life, who has called them to serve Him and glorify Him forever. She was excited to receive the Bible we offered her and shyly admitted she had wanted to ask for one from day one but was too afraid. Now we hope she will respond to our invitation for her to attend our graduation celebration the last weekend in May so we can re-connect with her, praying that the Lord will continue to shine an ever-brighter light of truth into her life, and if we can be used in that, great!
 
GrBC's 30th Graduation Ceremony
 
Speaking of graduation, that was one of the emotional roller coasters we all experienced as the school year came to a close. Good-byes are never easy, but we pray that as the Greek Bible College journey ended for some of these students, they will follow God with bold confidence to whatever He calls them to for His glory. It was neat to see several students' excitement when they discovered potential opportunities to serve at the places we visited on our ministry tour - from the Muslim-saturated environment of Turkey, to the ministry hospital and small local congregations longing for extra workers in Northern Greece. May they GO willingly wherever God leads!
 
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Other events impacting our college community this month included:
  • The severe stroke of one of our founders, Bill Baldwin. Things are not looking too good, and this is especially hard on his son, our current Director, dealing with several other stressers related to the ending of another school year. 
  • Great progress continues on the College webpage, and it will officially go live by the end of the month.
  • We led two chapel services together this month. What a blessing it is to work in the same place, sharing the goal of serving GrBC (Greek Bible College) with our gifts. 
  • Apart from our work at the college, we also participated in two more activities with our local community volunteer group - a medical first responders class (my sister Morgan would be so proud!) and a Forest Fire fighting training night. It's exciting to start building relationships with our neighbors in such a context, and we continue to pray that the Lord will use us to share truth with them that will literally save them, giving true hope and a future through the sacrifice of the Savior of the world who longs for them to come to Him and let Him lead their lives for His glory.
  • And finally, six family members flew across the Atlantic to come visit us for a week.  We were so excited to welcome them and share our heart for the place God has planted us in to love and serve Him.
Next month we'll try and update you about the political situation Greece is still struggling through. After one round of elections this month, no single party won enough seats in Parliament to establish a government, so in June, Greeks will be heading back to the polls. Meanwhile, the people continue to spiral downward into deep depression after Greece's 5th consecutive year of recession, the great loss of jobs and an alarming increase in suicides. Please continue praying for Greece!
 
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«Διὸ οὐκ ἐγκακοῦμεν, ἀλλ’ εἰ καὶ ὁ ἔξω ἡμῶν ἄνθρωπος διαφθείρεται, ἀλλ’ ὁ ἔσω ἡμῶν ἀνακαινοῦται ἡμέρα καὶ ἡμέρα.»
Β’ Κορινθίους 4:16
 
Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outward man wears off, yet our inward one is being renewed day after day
2 Corinthians 4:16
The family visiting Nafplio, a beautiful city and former capital of Greece.  In the distance you can see the castle we later explored. We had such a great week together! So thankful for them!
"The sun comes up, it's a new day dawning; It's time to sing Your song again; Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me; Let me be singing when the evening comes"

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