Greece: Hope for the Future

We have arrived upon the last day of 2015, perhaps a little sooner here in Greece than many of our friends and loved ones back home.  The end of a year always bring people to reminisce about the past year as well as wish, hope and think about the year to come.  We began our morning today with words from Oswald Chambers and Isaiah  52:12:

“You shall not go out with haste,…for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.”

Reflecting on day 2 and 3 at the refugee camp, we think of the dire situation that many of these people have come from, and what lies ahead of them as we move into 2016.  We have been struck by the amount of smiles, laughter, and positive outlooks from the people we have spoken to.  They have high hopes and expectations for what’s to come.  The word for hope in Greek is ”elpis,” which translated to English is “hope, expectation, trust, confidence”  (Stong’s Concordance). While often times we view hope as something very uncertain, many of the refugees we have come in contact with have been very expectant, trusting and confident in what lies ahead of them. 

As we continue to give out hats, gloves, love, and the Word of God, we are hopeful, expectant, trusting, and confident that the Lord will go before us and will be our rear guard.  We also pray this for the refugees, as they are full of  “elpis” for what 2016 will bring.  And may these words from Oswald Chambers be our “elpis” for today and days ahead for both ourselves and the refugees:

“Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step out into the invincible future with Him.”