Well, it's sad to say but we are, indeed packing up and leaving Athens. As I write this entry, we are now back in the US and will soon receive another assignment from BSF.
The sudden conclusion to our 10 month effort in Greece has been such a shock to us. After a post pilot class evaluation, BSF HQ informed us that that they wanted to shut down our efforts in Athens and to come back to the US for debriefing and to discuss a potential reassignment to another country.
At the conclusion of the 5 week pilot class with hopes of beginning a Fall class (9 month study of Moses), there were not sufficient leaders to commit for the Fall class. Besides Donna and Claudia, it takes 5-10 women to lead a class. Yet, at the end of the pilot class there were no women who were both qualified and willing to commit to leading the class in the Fall.
So, within 1 week of finding out about return to the USA, God provided a way for us to leave within such a short time frame. This was an absolute miracle in how He worked.
There are so many feelings right now that it's hard to sort through them all. We leave Greece with a sense of sadness and grieving, but we know that God will bless our efforts that we made while in Greece. This is what I am confident of... what ever good work God started in Athens through our efforts... he will carry it to completion. (Phil 1:6)
But right now, it time for us to focus forward and to trust our Lord and Savior for the next step and the next country of his choosing. Philippians 3:13-14 is particularly meaningful at this point in our lives..."Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize..."
We will be going to BSF HQ in San Antonio July 8-10 where we will spend time debriefing and accepting our next God size challenge. As soon as we find out what our next assignment we will post it so you can know how to pray for us.