Six weeks have flown by. It is bittersweet to write this last post as this chapter is coming to a close.
Our final week started with goodbyes at the church. Families were relocated, and the church left on a retreat for the rest of the week. So for the last few days, our church team helped with construction at another refugee camp outside of Athens. They helped build a shop to give refugees an opportunity to buy needed clothing. The community there greeted our team warmly, with many refugees ready to help work with them! Beautiful stories were shared over food and tea, and the church team got to meet several believers from the Middle East. The Holy Spirit is working in this camp and it was so encouraging to be a part of this ministry.
The team that has been teaching English and leading children’s programs finished up their last day. Over these past 6 weeks, there was a core of consistent volunteers here with whom our team formed relationships. It was bittersweet to play the last round of duck-duck-goose and finish the English lessons, but the Lord has provided so faithfully for this team. If you recall, a few weeks ago this group did not know if they would be able to go back into the camp again. While proper documentation was never received, somehow every single day this team got to go back and teach. None of this was our own doing, but purely a gift from God! We rejoiced in His provision for continuing ministry there.
Now as our adventure in Greece has come to a close, we reflect on the Lord’s provision.
We are so thankful for the accommodations and hospitality of Operation Mobilization. They are doing amazing work here and we had the privilege of being a part of the greater picture. Serving under them was a joy. During our ministry, we encountered people from about 20 different countries. It was such a sweet taste of what heaven will be like! We take comfort in the fact that because of Christ’s sacrifice, we will see these wonderful people in heaven, if not before, like one big family reunion.
The Holy Spirit truly moved across many barriers and allowed us to build relationships with people in the camps and the church. We all come from so many different parts of the world and live such different lives, yet we were able to form deep friendships. We pray that these friendships will continue on.
We experienced the refugee crisis in a whole new way through these relationships. The crisis is so real and the people you see on TV or in an advertisement are real. They are people like me and you who long for comfort and peace. Pray for those who have not yet found the comfort and peace in our Lord.
Pray, pray, pray. We ask that you would continue to pray for the refugees not only in Greece, but also around the world. Pray for the governments and countries receiving refugees. Pray for the organizations going into refugee camps, that the Lord would provide willing and able hands and feet. Pray for the refugees- that whatever their situations are, the Lord would reveal Himself. Pray that the Lord will open the hearts of refugees who are lost, and bring them to Himself.
We are so grateful for the opportunities and experiences we had in Greece. All glory to God for His mighty works there, with and without us. We are excited to see the ways He will continue to work.
Thank you for your prayers during these past 6 weeks. We would not have been able to do anything without the Spirit’s power at work. Now we ask that you pray for us as we return to the States. It’s hard coming back after being in such an intense learning and growing environment. Please pray that we would bring home the lessons God taught us. Pray that we will continue drawing near to our Savior, for He is the same God we experienced in Greece as He is in the U.S.
the Greece Team