October Update

We are well into the Fall, which has been quite busy for our family thus far.

The kids are enjoying homeschooling. Daniel loves math, and is especially into geography right now. One of the best electronic toys he’s received is a globe that gives a geography quiz–except when he and Elizabeth fight over it. He also enjoys writing and transcribing music on the computer, developing his MuseScore chops. Elizabeth is learning her letters (English and Hebrew). She enjoys painting and building with Legos, and sports with Daniel; I’m not sure if she’s a contemporary feminist’s dream or nightmare, because she loves doing “boyish” things but wants a pink/purple version of everything (baseball bat, soccer ball, Legos, blocks, etc.). Do with that what you will.

Corrie is teaching, teaching, teaching: Homeschooling, co-op, piano lessons, and Bible study. She is also actively collecting and consolidating Joe’s works from the various notebooks, CDs, hard drives, and printouts that are all around the house.

first-prez-norristownI haven’t been too active in research and writing, as I outlined previously. But in October, I preached back-to-back Sundays at St. Peter’s Covenant Church in Hilltown, and First Presbyterian Church of Norristown. Also, today is the official release date for my book, ‘Sit At My Right Hand’. Nearly three years after the research for the dissertation was completed, it’s exciting to see the book in print and available through various online distributors.

LCC International University

Corrie and I are wrestling with whether to return to LCC in the Fall of 2017. Even though this time we have a clearer picture of what life would be like there, it is still a daunting task to think of making yet another transatlantic move. The kids are older, and we are still grieving the loss of Joe. Even though a move would be nearly a year away, there would be much to do between now and then. We still believe very strongly in the importance of LCC’s mission, and we want to be faithful and go where God has called us. But how are we to know for sure whether this is God’s calling?

img 3201In the meantime, I am happy to report to you that LCC has asked me to teach another OT course via Skype this Spring 2017 term. This is a welcome opportunity to continue teaching and involvement with LCC, while still maintaining my job at ICON and living here in Southeast PA.

If you would like to support this continuation of our ministry at LCC financially, you may contribute at www.lcc.lt/giving-north-america, or by sending a check to:

LCC International Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 4851
San Dimas, California 91773

Be sure to indicate “Faculty Support – Giffone” in the memo of the check or the comments section of the online form.

We appreciate those of you who are praying for our family through this time of transition, tumult, and difficulty. God continues to be faithful.

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About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, living and learning in Eastern Europe…an Old Testament professor and former liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth…eldest sibling to three, brother-in-law to Josh and Hannah…uncle to Marshall.
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