A great visit with the American Bible Society
July 23rd, 2009Posted by: Theo Nicolakis
Throughout history, we can always identify good teams. There is often great communication, mutual respect, talent, leadership, and more. Yesterday’s meeting at the Archdiocese with Dr. Lamar Vest, president of the American Bible Society has was one of those moments that you will always remember.
While the visit was formal, it was a genuine gathering of friends. Friends who have mutually supported each other and created wonderful bonds over many years. Dr. Vest was shocked when the Archbishop presented him with a check in the amount of $30,000 in deep appreciation for the tremendous support that the American Bible Society has given the Archdiocese over the years. Most people do not know that the American Bible Society underwrote the costs of the recently published Orthodox Military Bible.
That trust did not come lightly.
Indeed, if we can look back at the partnership that has created the Orthodox web builder program, Bibles to offer relief for the victims of the devastating fires in Greece, the Children’s Bible Reader in English and Spanish, the launch of the Orthodox Marketplace online store, and so many more endeavors, there has been a solid track record of a wonderful team that works well together.
I think it’s important to acknowledge His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit, Dr. Lamar Vest, Jerry Dimitriou, Dr. Dickerson, Bob Briggs, Nick Garbidakis, Tom Durakis, Lea Velis, Chris Thyberg, John Greco, Phil Towner, Bob Hodgson, John Cruz, John Mark Mitchell, Rev. Thom May, Jennifer Hamel, Henry Kay, Brian Sherry, and so many more who have been such great team members over the years. Indeed, there are so many others–from Michalis Chatzigiannis, the president of the Greek Bible Society to Fr. Bill Bartz and all the military Chaplains–this is such a great example of a team that works.
Of course, isn’t this what our Lord wants of us? Christ himself called the Apostles his friends, and it was they who carried on the mission and ministry of the Gospel after his death and resurrection. It is such a wonderful blessing that it is once again the message of the Gospel that has bound together such diverse talents and persons from so many walks of life.