Hi brothers and sisters in Christ.
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Thursday morning began with breakfast at Laura and Marta’s new apartment. Baked goods were provided by a dear friend of Laura’s. At the center we helped the women and children make friendship bracelets. It was a joy to work alongside refugee volunteers. After the workday we were able to go up to see the Olive Grove which is a camp right outside of Moria. This was extremely difficult to see. Please see this video. https://youtu.be/sv_1eU889Po
Friday morning at the center began with praise and worship time as well as scripture reading and prayer led by Pastor Chris. Many women and children came to the center for showers and laundry. The Calvary team facilitated and helped with various activities including completing puzzles and playing Uno with children, dancing with both women and children to “Hokey Pokey” song, “Macarena “ and more. This was an absolute blessing to see many smiles and hear a lot of laughter.
With the women only the craft for the day was rock painting. They used paint pens to create beautiful designs like a ladybug, minion character or mandala dots. Many focused and enjoyed this activity for an hour or more. Overall our team agrees that Friday was our best day at the center.
We had a nice time of fellowship Friday evening with many from the All4Aid long-term team. The restaurant provided a delicious dessert to celebrate Julie’s Birthday. While it was difficult to say good-bye to all of the people living in Lesvos we are all grateful to God for the relationships formed there.
Thank you to each of you who have prayed for us. We have all felt your prayers. God has been present in every detail. At times we have not taken time to pray for ourselves but you have covered us. Thank you for supporting and loving us in this way.
Saturday was spent touring the historical, beautiful, ancient city of Athens. It was surreal to be walking where the apostle Paul walked and also viewing structures that were built 400 years before Christ!
In the evening we met with Charis and Frinta Nikos. Some of you may remember them from the time they spent at Calvary this past summer. As we parted ways-we left to go to bed and they left to have supper. The Greek way.
In conclusion, I am sure God spoke and worked in each of us in different ways. We can all say in unison however that the people back home praying for us was how God carried us through.