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January 2013 Connection



Back to life in Greece

We had quite a transition back into our life in Greece. Thankfully, the Lord blessed us with safe and uneventful travels, but this first month back brought its fair share of challenges. The jet lag weighed heavy, which weakened Meg’s immune system towards the nasty cold/flu bug going around. While this did initiate the need for some extra rest, we still dove right back into many of our previous responsibilities. For instance, we had a first semester review meeting with the rest of the GrBC staff, and Meg helped lead worship for our local church here in Athens. A week after our arrival, all of the students returned as well (including Kat De Penning), so it has been great getting reacquainted with everyone, and we have a renewed excitement for the privilege it is to be a part of their journey as the Lord prepares them for the work He has for them to do.

Another challenge we faced in our first two weeks was the sadness of death. First, Meg’s Great Grandma Cora passed away just days after we had arrived back in Greece. Then a few days later, a dear brother in our church congregation passed away after a long battle with cancer. We grieve for his wife and four young children. And we will miss Grandma! However, we have the sure hope that this separation is only temporary and that we will one day meet with both of them again.  

To cap off this challenging month, our apartment was broken into during a heavy rain and hail storm. Although some valuable things were stolen, we're most thankful that no one was hurt. We will share a bit more about how this event is affecting us in our winter newsletter to be published next month. As always, we greatly appreciate your prayers!

But to share some encouraging news, Meg also had the opportunity this month to be fully in charge of leading a chapel service on Martin Luther King Jr. day, challenging the students and faculty to discuss our "dreams" for the church, both in Greece and around the world. After reading passages from Philippians 2 and John 17, we were reminded to pursue Jesus' "dream" for His disciples to be one, filled with love and a servant attitude.  


 
Finally, the picture above is during our last presentation in Iowa when our friend - GrBC professor, Dr. Robert Crellin - came and shared at Sully Community Church, home church of former GrBC ISP student Nathan Van Wyk. We are thankful for the funds God provided for Greek student scholarships through this opportunity. It was a very special way to end our season in the States.
 
 
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«ἔρχεται ὥρα ἐν ᾗ πάντες οἱ ἐν τοῖς μνημείοις ἀκούσουσιν τῆς φωνῆς αὐτοῦ»
- Ιωάννης 5:28
 
“the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice”
- John 5:28
  • Please join us in praying for a number of new students who came to the College for this Spring semester.
  • Pray for the leadership of the College as they are sorting out some building issues with the Fire Department.
  • We will have several guest professors coming to teach our students this semester. Please pray for traveling mercies.
  • Please pray that we will be filled to overflowing with the joy and peace of the Lord, especially after facing several challenges this month.

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name... Psalm 23
Last semester, the women at GrBC gathered regularly for special tea times together. Meg is excited to join them this semester as they meet again for the first time next week!

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