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St Nicholas 2016 Update

Dear friends,

Blessed fast!

Greetings from the end of the semester at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Last time we wrote, Daphne, Peter and I were settling in after our move here from Canada. Now we’ve been in New England for over three months.

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Peter holds St Nicholas’ staff

My midterms went well, and with your prayers I’m on my way to a strong finish for the semester. My parish assignment— St George Orthodox Church in Norwood, MA— is treating us like family. I help with religious education, and preached my second homily this past Sunday. Classes were cancelled on Tuesday for a campus-wide celebration of St Nicholas Day. Peter, along with other children of students, especially enjoyed a visit from St Nicholas that afternoon. Continue reading

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Update – Resurrection 2016

Dear friends,

Kristo amefufuka! Christ is risen!

Just after Pascha 2010, I arrived in Tanzania as a brand-new Missionary with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. My job assignment seemed clear: learn Swahili, work at the Church office in Mwanza, help with OCMC Teams and Archdiocese youth programs.

By God’s mercy, with your prayers and loving support, I did these things. But I found myself deeply underqualified for other assignments and expectations. Within months, I realized that I desperately lacked a solid theological education. Six years have passed, and now we’re off to seminary!

SpringtiStrawberry-Pme is bright here in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Trees are in bloom and strawberries are in. A lush and brilliant summer awaits. Peter is now three years old, and Daphne has been working in Home Health as a Registered Nurse for over two years. Our time near Daphne’s family, and with Holy Nativity Antiochian Orthodox Church in Langley, BC has been richly blessed. Continue reading

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Update – St Nicholas 2015

Dear friends,

Greetings once again from Abbotsford, British Columbia. The Pacific winter is upon us- damp, dark and chilly. I’m looking forward to next year, where I suspect New England may be much colder but should also have a bit more sunshine.

We are all doing well. Daphne continues her work as a Registered Nurse for Home Health, helping patients live at home with support from the local health authority. Peter is growing and thriving. He particularly loves jumping in puddles with his dinosaur boots. IMGP1315When you ask how old he is, he declares “Two!” with authority. Peter’s schedule- swimming, music class, playdates, adventures in the park no matter the weather- keeps me busy enough, but I’ve also started teaching two very different classes.

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