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The three week teaching session is over

Posted by gramma on April 8, 2018 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Wow, three weeks went very fast, but it has been a blessing in many ways. It has been humbling to see how much is done for so many as this church, and the many people who volunteer, seek to be followers of Christ. Eleni told us the other day that someone had estimated that in the last two and a half years over 1000 refugees had been touched by the ministry and around 600 volunteers from all over the world have given of their time to this work. Every Tuesday and Thursday, when lunch is served,...

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Steve's second week

Posted by gramma on April 1, 2018 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Another week has gone by and this three-week teaching session is already two/thirds finished. Steve's students are making progress but fluency is not yet in sight. When your students start with essentially no English, it is a challenge when you are teaching IN English. So we are trying to focus on words and concepts that they might need in their daily lives; simple greetings, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, simple sentences using 'to be', vocabulary using pictures, etc. It ...

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Steve's first week in Athens, Greece

Posted by gramma on March 25, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

March, 2018 finds Steve back in Athens for three weeks with Val holding down the fort in Santa Barbara. This is not a normal Let's Start Talking project. As many of you probably know, because of its many islands close to the shores of Turkey, Greece has become the port of entry for hundred's of thousands of refugees fleeing war and/or oppression in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and other places. Some stay in Greece but most are seeking assylum in other, more prosperous European nations. ...

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Our Fourth Week in Rijeka

Posted by gramma on September 30, 2017 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Our fourth week in Rijeka, as usual has been a mixed bag. We picked up two new readers, but illness and work kept some of our readers from coming as much as they would have otherwise. Nevertheless we logged 30 hours for a total of 92 hours for our four-week project. Our party was small but we had a lot of fun, played People Bingo, Pictionary, a poor man's version of Headband and Switch. Val's knee was good enough that even she played switch. We made new friends while we were here, we had...

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Three weeks have flown by

Posted by gramma on September 24, 2017 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

As usual time is slipping by in a hurry. With two new readers we were blessed with 23 hours of reading this week. Once again we had a small, but very nice, party with about 40% of our readers in attendance and good support from our hosting church. It was a blessing as we had an English language night, even writing Cinquain poetry. Here are a couple of samples:



Strong, trustworthy

Caring, loving, watching

Always close to me


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Our second week in Rijeka has come to an end

Posted by gramma on September 17, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Our second week was highlighted by our first party. It was small but everyone seemed to have a good time. Two-thirds of our readers were there, which is always good. Also, we were able to sign up two new readers! We have included a couple of pics from the party in the photo album.


We had 21 hours of reading sessions this week in spite of the fact that one of Steve's readers, one who came every day in the first week and usually stayed for two hours, was only ab...

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Our first week in Rijeka, Croatia

Posted by gramma on September 9, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (1)

September, 2017 finds us in Rijeka, Croatia. We arrived about a week ago for a four-week Let's Start Talking Project. We are hosted by the Kristova Crkva (Christ's Church) and they have already been very helpful and supportive.


We do not have a lot of readers at this point, about 6, but a couple of new ones are scheduled to come next week. Our readers come just about every day so we logged 15 hours of conversation centered on the Gospel of Luke in four days. O...

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Our fourth and last week in Athens

Posted by gramma on April 24, 2016 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Our fourth and last week in Athens has come to an end. We lost a few readers in our last week but many continued to come just about every day. We have totaled 359 hours of reading over the last four weeks, with over 70 different people. Some have gotten as far as Lesson 16 in our Luke books. We have had good discussions when the reader's level of English allowed it. We have many readers who are very interested in what we are reading and not just the English. We had our hand off meeting ...

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Week 3 in Athens has flown by

Posted by gramma on April 17, 2016 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We have had another good week and time is beginning to fly by even faster. We have now surpassed the 300 hour mark in reading. Many come every day and we do see some progress in those whose English is limited. A few are self-taught and at the beginning they struggled to read because they have learned by listening to movies and music; they have never learned grammar and they have read very little in English. After a couple of weeks their reading improves markedly as they see many words ove...

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Our second week in Athens

Posted by gramma on April 10, 2016 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We have finished our second week here in Athens and it has been another very good week. We continue to add new readers; everyday our readers bring friends who want to read, but many of them do not know enough English to really have a conversation with them. We have now completed over 200 hours of reading sessions in our two weeks and have read with about 70 different people.


The new readers that we are getting are mostly from the Iranian refugee community here. While mo...

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