November marks the end of our Sailing season. The students moved ashore to the Olive Grove for the last week of the Impact Training course, participating in their final team exercise that was to serve the needs of the team Continue reading →
Impact training Spring course is well underway. It’s been a cool spring. Day temperatures not getting much above 20 Celsius and evenings often down to below 10. The atmosphere aboard, however, is warm and friendly. There’s a keen attitude to grow in faith and intimacy with God.
A short while ago we took aboard 12 new participants. During our time of introductions, it became evident that all those participating were highly qualified professional people in various medical fields.
Bookings for programs on the Encounter are almost all full. Very encouraging!
Projects on shore; New treehouse accommodation. A greenhouse, chicken coupe, – complete with chickens. And 4 sheep to help with mowing the lawns. Also, two guys have volunteered to help Dimitry for a couple of months, very much appreciated!
Staff increased by 4, two mums and their daughter and son. Working for food and board, primary job, mowing the lawns. See pic, their names from back to front; Sheila, Shantel, Shelly and Shaun the Sheep.
August was Intense! to say the least. Both my (Theo) parents passing away within a week of each other, which meant two trips to Australia for a few days each, then a collision at sea causing us to have to haul out and repair the boat and having to cancel one of our groups, which otherwise was a fully booked season.
One of the wettest and coldest Winters, making it rather miserable to work outside, but work non-the-less continued, thanks to Dimity’s persistence. Damages due to unprecedented snowfalls in January put us back a bit, with having to rebuild a couple of pergolas.
Have you ever seen a water spout forming in the clouds, then reach down like a finger to touch the sea, sucking up everything in it’s path? It’s both extraordinarily exciting and frightening. Heading south from Halkidiki and our visit to ancient Philippi we had such an encounter.
With a new bounce in their step having been impacted by the ministry of the Holy Spirit over the previous 6 weeks aboard the S/Y Encounter, (see “visitors comments“), our students left us in June for further adventures in Europe. Pray for them as they will face many challenges to remain true to the new course in life that many of them have taken.
These past months, the main thrust of the work on our island property centred on developing the camping facility. The old farm house by the gate that we hoped could be renovated was not approved and instead had to Continue reading →