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Just the Beginning!

Posted by Ally Ray on

Calvary Church has partnered with the Greek Evangelical Church in Glyfada, a suburb of Athens, to encourage and support the congregants and staff there. In our time in Greece, our team will be focused on several projects, including: Participation in church life through Sunday message and...

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Wrapping up

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Saturday was a day to debrief and Sunday we traveled home. The end of the week picked up pace and in some ways it felt like we were just starting the work we came to do as we got into more of a rhythm. There are many more stories of people to tell and work that God is doing on Lesvos in the...

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Tags: greece, lesvos, moria, short term trip

Thursday and Friday

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Thursday and Friday were the last days at the All4Aid center and Moria camp. The shower curtain painting inspired creating a wall painting and some women and children helped paint. How sweet it was to work on making the center more beautiful together! The crochet hooks were pulled out and none...

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Two very different dinners and other stories

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Monday night tomatoes were served in Moria. Tuesday night it was hot dogs. There have been riots on tomato nights because it is a staple in the diet of the refugees, and they just do not get them often. Monday night they ran out of food, whether it is because they did not have enough to serve or...

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Tags: greece, lesvos, moria, short term trip

Monday

Posted by Laura Verkaik on

Being Easter Monday in the Greek Orthodox church, All4Aid women and children’s center was closed to the women and children. We were instead able to see the space which has a laundry room, shower facilities, toddler play area, baby bathing station, and small shop for women to...

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Tags: greece, lesvos, moria, short term trip

Lesvos April 2019: A day on Lesvos island

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Our travels from the moment we set foot in Detroit airport to the time we landed in Mytelini, the capital of Lesvos, couldn't have been any smoother. Detroit security lines were short, and our short cushion of time to board ended up being no issue. The connection in Frankfurt was a short hour...

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Lesvos April 2019: Travel Day

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We have our checklists complete (or what was unfinished will be left so), our bags are packed and underweight, and we are driving to fly out of Detroit to start this first round of many short term trips to Greece. But more than the necessary physical preparations, our hearts and minds have been...

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Tags: greece, lesvos, short term trip, moria

Lesvos November 2018: I Spy

Posted by Courtney Hoekwater on

I Spy Chris... Giving a big hug to a mom whose kid was really acting up Giving a big hug to one of the Gateways2Life Greek employees who was very overwhelmed in a particular moment  Sharing looks of care I Spy Madison... Chasing little kids as they laugh and laugh Using her...

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Lesvos November 2018: Days 1-3 at Gateways2Life

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Wrapping up day three of working in the center, currently cuddling the cute puppies at our hotel and cutting fleece for a craft tomorrow. The first three days of working in the center... Day One: We decided to take the first day to get acquainted with the Women and Children's Center...

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Lesvos November 2018: Lord, may You shine through us broken vessels

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Oh where do we begin with sharing this adventure?  It all started in Grand Rapids where family and Calvary staff sent us off by praying for our trip. I was reminded of what Priscilla Shirer teaches, that prayer activates the armor of God. We were sent off armor activated, knowing it needed...

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