No two days are the same – that’s for sure. But the joys of each day outweigh the lack of sleep and abundance of soiled diapers. Yesterday Sofia met Dr. Bitzos, her new pediatrician. He tested her reflexes (everything works beautifully), checked her weight (she’s almost back to her birth weight), and took our family history. Dr. Bitzos actually did his medical internship at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago, just a few miles north of the homeless shelter at which I used to work. Small world.
Yesterday I returned to work – although part-part-time. I’ll ease back into a working schedule as Sofi and mom begin to establish a good routine at home. This process will be sped along by the arrival of my mom on Wednesday. We look forward to the help – and the chance just to see family! Today we had our team’s annual year-in-review meeting. It’s a chance for staff, board members, and local volunteers to look back at the year that was, and articulate our ministry vision for the upcoming year. One piece of encouraging news was this: in 2007 one-third of ministry donations to our general fund (not support for individual missionaries, but the “big pot” – money for food, literature, building expenses, etc.) came from Greeks! While this may not seem like a big accomplishment, it is cause to celebrate. When one looks at the size of the Greek church, this is a huge accomplishment – and a marked increase from 2006. Join us in pray that more and more Greeks will invest money, prayers, and time into what God is doing at their doorstep.