One or two more days of writing and editing with the group and then we are off to Greece. Have to finish the goodbyes, pack, clean the house. People are doing well, but there are still some depths and complications to probe, it sounds like.
I haven't heard as many stories or seen as much of life here as I had hoped, but more of this will come out during debriefing. My main prayer is that the lessons God has for these guys will be solidified and driven deeper into their lives.
Yesterday S. and I spent the whole afternoon with a local family, just hanging out, eating and drinking, and trying to communicate every now and again through English and German. The woman's mother, sister, and sister-in-law stopped by after a while as well. The three kids were in and out, often sent out to pick up something from the store including the kebabs that were the main course of our impromptu, complete - and delicious - meal.
The oldest girl, 13, last week finished her summer course of study in the Qu'ran, and the family had gone to her end-of-term 'recital' (literally a recital, I am sure).
Folks here seem to be more 'Muslim' in some ways than I expected (though less in others) and there are quite a few mosques around. Fighting jetlag, I fell back asleep the other day just after the morning call to prayer from the one closest to where we are staying.