The DiLullo Family
Serving in United States
Blessed Feast of Pentecost!
By God's mercy and your prayers we have made it through our Cheechako winter here in Alaska.
Spring has come and the beauty of Creation is renewed. We are now blessed with more than 18 hours of sunlight and the days will continue to lengthen until the summer solstice. The extended daylight and warmer weather allows for a more enjoyable experience out of doors and a great deal of reflection surrounded by Birdsong and amazing bursts of color that only continue to become more vibrant as the season progresses. The official school year has ended; some of the students will remain here in the "big village" of Anchorage while others will return to their families’ native villages throughout Alaska to participate in a way of life that predates the coming of the Europeans to the North American continent. As I reflect on these last months that I have spent as either an assistant or teacher within the St. Innocent Cathedral's church school program, I think about the excitement expressed by my second and third graders as I presented lessons on the great feasts of our church year and taught about the North American Saints, in particular the saints who served here in Alaska. They, like their elders, are enthusiastic to learn about the Orthodox faith, and to share what they learn with their family and friends. While I have enjoyed preparing these lessons and watching the children's faces light up as they connect with their faith, it is I who have learned quite a bit from them. Their eagerness to share anecdotes of family life and school activities gives insight into what is important in their lives and opportunity to connect that with the teachings of the Church.
During this time Hosea has continued to work towards gaining his arctic building credential , which is beneficial for his work restoring and repairing many of the church buildings throughout the state. As winter has changed to spring, Hosea is now able to travel more safely to some of the more remote villages in order to assess the needs of the church structures. The projects are beginning to line up – from the Cook Inlet and Kenai Peninsula to the Southeast region and out onto the Aleutian Islands chain – this is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to his ministry. There is much that needs to be done.
Our service to the people here in Alaska is not possible without your prayers, your encouragement, and your continued financial support.
Please consider becoming a monthly supporter or making a one-time financial contribution to assist us with our monthly living expenses and our ministerial needs through the Orthodox Christian Mission Center DiLullo family page.
Mere words could never fully express the love, appreciation, and gratitude we have for each and every one of you. Thank you!
With the love of Christ,
For the DiLullo Family–Tamara Pamela DiLullo