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FLORENCE, S.C.---When you think of the Greek culture, you most likely think about the delicious food like baklava and gyros, the festive costumes, and of course the dancing.  But what you might not think of, is the Greek Orthodox faith. 

When Blake Dilullo was just a child, his mom would go door to door in Mexico to provide food and clothing to the less fortunate; this is something that he witnessed firsthand one day when he went with her to bring necessities to a young mother.

"She goes, you know ma'am, you may not know this, but you answered my prayers," said Dilullo.  "I didn't know how I was going to feed my children; I didn't know how I was going to pay my monthly rent."

It was then that he knew he wanted to spread the word of God and help others.  Dillullo and his wife, Pamela, have spent the last several years as travelling missionaries with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, visiting different countries to help in any way that they can.

"We're going to continue to put one foot in front of the other, and hopefully be able to help the people there, but at the same time they're enriching our lives in a different sense," said Dilullo.

The Dillullo's have made these mission trips a family affair; their son and two young daughters even go with them on the trips.  Their two daughters, Serena and Cecelia help their parents with their work, and the girls are home schooled while they're away from home.

"It has been seeing the interaction between the children, and our children, how they look and say you're like me, and they open up about their lives and they share not only the fun stuff, but also what's going on in their lives, and they share not only the fun stuff, but also what's going on in their lives, which most adults wouldn't realize with children," said Pamela.

During the last year, the family has been focusing on visiting different cities to help raise money so they can go on a mission trip to Kodiak, Alaska.  Once they raise enough money, they will be able to spend two years in Kodiak rebuilding the churches and educating under privileged children.

To help the DiLullo's out, you can stop by their booth at the Florence Greek Festival May 16-May 19 or go to www.ocmc.org/theDiLullofamily to donate.

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