Greece: Day 1

This morning, we awake with excitement as we prepare to head toward the camp today. Yesterday, we were able to explore Thessaloniki—we saw the boardwalk, the shore, and the White Tower, a symbol of Thessaloniki. We saw ancient churches and archways, marked with historic placards but also graffiti, reminding us of the times in which we live.

There are still 7,500 people on the island of Lesvos, the refugees first contact with Europe. At the camp where we will serve, we have heard that there are 3,000-4,000 people coming through each day. Sometimes the border closes, and the hundreds of people are stuck, waiting for their journey to continue, waiting to move on because they  believe that there has to be something better ahead.

This morning, we met to pray and prepare for the day. We read John 20:21, when Jesus says, “As the father has sent me,  so I am sending you.” We reviewed the concept of a missionary’s true calling. We are the ones who Jesus has sent, who is from God—that is the definition of a missionary. We are going out. We pray that we will be able to meet the needs of people, providing warm clothes as they enter the mountains of Macedonia. We know that they have serious physical needs, and we pray that we are able to help meet them. We also pray that God brings us people who are hungry to know Him, people who are overwhelmed with the world and know that there has to be something different, something more. We pray that we can share the light of Christ and the light of life.

Along the boardwalk in Thessaloniki

Along the boardwalk in Thessaloniki