2013 Year End Update…

Hello All!

We want to begin thanking each of you for being such blessings to us. God has truly blessed us with great friends and faithful supporters. So thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!

This last couple weeks before we leave for our trip to the States is going fast and is getting busy as we  wrap up ministry things before we go,  drop our cat off with our cat sitters (thank you Brown family!) and enjoy a few goodbye dinners with friends. We can’t believe November marked the beginning of our 10th year on the mission field and now November has already come and gone so fast, in fact this year has come and gone extremely fast.  We earnestly look forward and are excited about what God has in store for us in this next season and year of missionary life on the field. So without further adieu, enjoy our latest update as we’ve summed up some fun highlights that have happened, ministry things and a picture slide show of most of what we wrote about 🙂

 Ministries…

The Friday night Bible study: As you all know Frank was asked to teach this for a season and our time there is winding down. Our friend Arno will resume teaching it after we leave for the States on December 16 and will continue on in the gospel of John where Frank leaves off. Since Frank began teaching this study Arno has also expressed interest in learning the inductive method of  study and teaching. With that Frank was able to help him and supply the materials that he needed to learn. Arno specifically desires to approach his continued study through John  using this verse by verse interactive style of teaching, which is a blessing to hear. As we mentioned in previous updates it has always been the plan for Arno to resume his teaching role as Frank stepped into it in order to give Arno and his wife Sahar a much needed break for a time. We have loved being a part of this study and look forward to rejoining them for a season when we return to Greece. We have made new friendships, been able to see people grow in their faith, been able to counsel, and the most awesome part is getting to be able to teach hungry hearts! So thankful to God for this opportunity. It truly was a privilege!

Women’s Bible Study: It’s been almost 2 years since Suzie started attending and co-teaching her women’s study, and it has proven to be such a need and a blessing for her. She’s been able to encourage, teach, and be encouraged by other believers in this city. As we said before it’s a very diverse group of ladies, from Greek, to Filipino, to Canadian, to English and so on and so forth and that makes for a very interesting and fun time! Her last few times teaching last month, until we return from furlough, went really well as they walk through the book of Matthew. Please keep these ladies in prayer as they serve their communities and serve the Lord together.

Men’s Discipleship: As always these times prove to be eye opening  as we see younger and older former Muslim men learn and grow in Christ. Every time Frank or one of his fellow leaders teaches they almost never fail to be amazed by the insightful questions asked by these men. This has helped them to not only see their spiritual growth but to also understand more about who they are and about the lives they have come out of. God has given each of these men a love for Jesus and a true hunger for Christ. Most if not all of them will move on and leave Greece because this country  treats them very poorly. Although they don’t have resources to leave they figure out ways to do so, needless to say this group always fluctuates and faces change. Many of them are persecuted daily here in Greece by other muslims living in Greece just because they have converted to Christ and they would absolutely be killed if they ever returned to their homelands (Iran or Afghanistan). The time we have with them we continuously try to encourage them to leave legally and trust the Lord with His timing but we still can’t blame them for wanting to leave for a better life and situation. For us because we have such a small window of time with them, our main objective is to encourage these men in the word of God, help them physically if they need food or shelter and encourage them to walk uprightly as Christ teaches us to, and most of all we pray for them which is the best thing we can do. We ask that you would please pray for these men and pray for their families, that God would protect them and that His will would be done in their lives.

Media Projects: We have mentioned a few times about some media projects that we have been working on for more than a year now. First is a CD project of a message by pastor Chuck Smith titled, “How Can A Man Be Born Again.” It’s already been translated and recorded in Greek by a friend of ours. The message will be accompanied by two Scott Cunningham songs that have also been recently translated into Greek by the Greek Christian Music Association and are now waiting to be recorded. There are some technical issues with the recording that we are currently working through. As soon as the songs are complete we can send everything to the States where copies will be made and shipped to Greece. This will be a great tool for any Christian to have as they will be able to pass the CD out as a gospel tract. Also, we have now officially began translating, “Why Grace Changes Everything”, by pastor Chuck Smith, into Greek. Our good friend will be translating this as this is her profession. Once translated  we will begin publishing as the Lord supplies the funds. We know that this book will be helpful both here and throughout the Greek speaking world and will fulfill a genuine need. Once it is complete we are planning on sending some to the Calvary in Cypress as they have shown interest in having the Greek translation. We look forward to seeing God use this for His glory!

Visitors…

As always it’s so fun to have guests and visitors who pass through Athens. We had the pleasure of getting contacted by a few Calvary people passing through or stopping by. First was Megumi from a Calvary Chapel in Japan. She found out about Frank and I and looked us up and wanted to meet us and see what our ministry was all about. She was able to attend our Friday night Bible study, Suzie’s women’s study as well as  just hang out with us for fellowship. She was a breath of fresh air! The next two people came together…with a group! David & Inga-Lill Guzik, former missionaries and now senior pastor of CC Santa Barbara in California. David was leading a group on a foot steps of Paul tour that brought them to Athens so they informed us they were coming and that they wanted to hang out with us. We enjoyed a day with them and their group, had a sweet time catching up and shared about all God has done in us since we moved to Greece. We also enjoyed dinner together to wrap up a great day. Any time we get an opportunity to hang out with the Guziks it never fails that we get encouraged, receive great counsel and get tremendously blessed by these friends! Needless to say no matter where we are serving we love to get CC drop-ins from friends and family in Christ! It’s truly encouraging.

Birthday Fun!

We are both November babies so we did a couple combined birthday celebrations with different friends. First was a Chinese dinner out which is a real treat in Greece and the second was a fun day at the zoo. Our zoo day was especially enjoyable because the animals were alive and interactive more than normal. We felt God’s hand of blessing on us! Be sure to check out the slideshow at the end and see some fun “animal pics” 🙂

Our Thanksgiving in France…

As we already told you in our last prayer update, we got the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with our friends, Mike & Becky Dente and their four beautiful children who serve in Paris. Mike is also the pastor of CC Paris. We enjoyed time just catching up, encouraging one another, Frank was blessed to teach on Sunday for Mike while he translated, we took a day trip with Mike to the American military cemetery in Normandy and saw Omaha beach (AMAZING) and we of course had a sweet Thanksgiving with all the trimmings, including our  homemade eggnog 🙂 Thanking the Lord for Air France messing up on a previous flight and giving us vouchers for the perfect amount needed for a free trip to Paris. It was nice to just use them for fun! Little blessings like this are just awesome!

Stateside Plan Thus Far…

Many of you know that recently the Lord provided amazing airfare for our Stateside trip so we went ahead and purchased them a week and a half ago. We leave December 16 and return to Greece February 25th. We will have a great but packed time of seeing friends and family, submitting Suzie’s paperwork for her German citizenship to the L.A. German consulate, shopping for clothes,etc and any computer/ electrical things we may need (which is always cheaper in the States), doctors appointments, getting knew orthotics for Suzie, attending the pastor’s conference at CC South Bay, sharing about what God is doing with us on the field wherever the Lord opens the door, attending the missions conference in Murrietta, California, and sharing at Missions Day at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa at our Greece booth on Sunday January 5th 🙂 By the way…if you have time, please come out and drop by to say hello. The missionaries will be at their booths throughout Sunday morning services and a special presentation will be held in the sanctuary after the third service. We do have to say that we are so blessed by opportunities that have already presented themselves to us to teach and to share about the work at different churches so we are excited for what God has on this trip and look forward to what He will do!  Again, if you are interested in having us share or just want to hang out, please contact us so we can work out a time and date with you.

Important Basic Need While Stateside…

As always, one of the biggest but most basic need for missionaries is a car while on furlough. God has always been faithful to provide for us but we are asking for your help. If you know of anyone who might be able to help, can pass the need on, or are interested yourself in lending a car that is insured, in good condition and not a gas hog 🙂 then please contact us as soon as possible so we can make arrangements. God has already blessed us with places to stay and a ride to and from the airport so the car is one of the last of the “basic” needs we have… so please keep praying for this!

A Great Missionary Prayer Request…

In general, we ask that you would continue to lift us up in prayer for all God has us doing on the mission field and we thank you again for your continued support for us as missionaries. This last few months Suzie and I have been meditating on the idea of faithfulness and what it means. I think people all to often misinterpret faithfulness to mean longevity in one location or working with a specific people group for life. But to us and what we have witnessed from many of our closest friends that serve on the field, faithfulness is hearing and discerning God’s voice and acting on it in faith and obedience.  So if you want to pray for missionaries then pray for all of us to be faithful… faithful in what God has called us to do, faithful to act, faithful to listen, faithful to seek and heed counsel, faithful to be obedient to the Holy Spirit and faithful to heed God’s call to leave or to stay wherever we are. That’s what many missionaries desire to do but find themselves under attack in frequently. So for us, pray for us to be faithful. We know that as we are, God will do the rest. Thanks again for being our support in prayer, we couldn’t do it without your prayers! Amen!

Please enjoy the following slideshow of pics of most of the things we wrote about…

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Prayer Needs…

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Thank you for standing in the gap with us!

Lord Bless,

Frank & Suzie