UPS stopped by International Teams this morning with an envelope marked “urgent delivery.” It was a rush to open our passports and see the bright green visas pasted inside! The visa itself is in Greek & English with our picture digitally inserted and some kind of data chip – real high tech stuff! On the adjacent page in the passport, the Greek government put a smaller blue stamp that seems to indicate that all fees have been paid in full (37.50 Euro each – or $50.63). We are obviously excited, as this represents the final major obstacle to our departure. Now we’re just crossing the days off the calender (35 days!!!). Training is going well. On Monday we begin a new two week session: Second Language Acquisition (SLA). We’ve been working through some SLA assignment already; and it’s pretty tricky stuff. Right now we are learning to identify the “articulators” and “points of articulation” in our mouths (i.e. where and how each sound is made). It sounds easy enough, but it is difficult for a guy who likes to mumble. We both think that two weeks of this will really give us a leg up in language learning when we get to Greece! Thanks so much for your prayers, support, and encouragement. We look forward to visiting Thorn Creek this Sunday (hopefully we’ll see some of you!). Have a great weekend!