POLI NA SAFARI by Alexandra Chakos

Poli Na Safari "Poli na safari" is a Swahili phrase meaning, I'm sorry for your travel. It is intended to show sympathy for the hardship one often faces while negotiating the difficult African terrain. Having traveled those rocky, pitted, unpaved roads, I understand the need for such a phrase. … [Read more...]


Fr. John and I are back in Guatemala.  Our work and technical difficulties have prevented us from posting messages on our blog and we apologize for our long hiatus. Some of you may not be familiar with the wonderful Orthodox periodical, Road to Emmaus, which is published quarterly, under the … [Read more...]

Guatemala Bound

It's not easy to say goodbye to 11 adorable grandchildren, knowing that they will have grown and changed in so many ways before we see them again.  It's not easy to be far away from our 4 children and their partners who are also our closest allies.    A long separation from family, friends, and the … [Read more...]

CUBAN MISSION: Church Growth in a Land of Forced Frugality

  As is often done in the movies, we are offering a "prequel" with this blogpost.  On December 5 - 10, 2012, we, along with Fr. Andres Giron of Guatemala, were invited to join the combined pilgrimage of church Archons and Philoptochos members to Havana, Cuba.   This was an opportunity to … [Read more...]