It has been too long since we were “home,” so we wanted to write an update and encourage everyone to write back. Pelagia and I pray for all of you, who have supported us in so many ways – with prayers and finances – at all the holy places Christ blesses us to visit here in
It was a long year of learning Greek for us – both the language and the culture. (Yes, it’s been one full year already!) But all the hard work is finally bearing fruit. Pelagia’s parents, Fr Joseph and Kh Sophia, visited us this month, and we were able to translate almost everything for them. With more hard work and God’s help, our Greek will continue to improve.
This summer, I have begun doing some translation work for Fr
Meanwhile, Pelagia has found her niche as a handywoman. Primarily, she paints, but she also lays floors, fixes plumbing, does gardening, and whatever else she can find. She is gaining quite a reputation and the job offers are starting to pour in.
Unfortunately, as you may or may not know, things here are quite expensive – more so than the
Work here is scarce for everyone, but especially for foreigners, so we are blessed that we have been able to find what we have. Pelagia has more job opportunities, but she needs a car to take advantage of them. Our goal, then, is to buy an inexpensive used car. I know we are all bombarded with requests for money, but if you can find it in your heart (and your pocket!) to make even a small donation, it would be an enormous help. We face a hurdle right now in trying to move into more self-sufficiency, as our savings become depleted. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
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Thank you for reading the blog and being involved in our lives! And please keep the comments on the blog coming – it’s nice to get feedback!
Yours in Christ,
Gregory and Pelagia