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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

Posted by Courtney Hoekwater on

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

Posted by Courtney Hoekwater on

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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A Day in the Life -- Greece 2018

Posted by Taylor Snedeker on

Hello from Athens!!! We left Lesvos early this morning and just landed in Athens. Today, we will be going into Athens for a debrief/tourist day. We are hoping to do some shopping, some eating, and some resting before our return home.  We've received a request for a detailed breakdown of...

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Feeling Centered -- Greece 2018

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Posted by Taylor Snedeker on

Hi everyone! This blog comes to you from a sea-side cafe with some wonderful Wi-Fi!!!  We've just finished our third day at the women and children's center. Our time there so far has been filled with giggles, bracelets, and Uno! The children are adorable! They are always so happy to play...

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Beauty and Brokenness -- Greece 2018

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Posted by Taylor Snedeker on

Hi again! It's been a while since I've written! Last night, I put together a post about our day, but the entire thing somehow got deleted! Oh well, not a big deal. We have now spent two whole days on Lesvos and have seen much of the Eastern half of the island. Yesterday, we drove over to one...

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Time Flies! Travel Updates - Greece 2018

Posted by Taylor Snedeker on

Hey everybody! I am beginning this post in the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, but will likely finish somewhere else! It is currently 8:37 in the morning, but at home, it is 3:37... Needless to say, we're all feeling a little strange and sleep deprived. So far, things are running as smoothly as...

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Greece 2018 - Before We Go

Posted by Taylor Snedeker on

"Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow." Isaiah 1:17 Hi, my name is Taylor, you'll be reading a lot from me over the next couple of weeks. I am in charge of this blog for the upcoming missions trip to Lesvos...

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