Well I’ve been home almost a month now so I suppose it’s time to write another update and talk about how the rest of outreach was and how being home again is. It’s probably best to pick up where I left off in Bulgaria, and continue the journey in chronological order.
Greece was a whole different world after coming from the snowy Bulgaria, and the sea was less than ten minutes from our apartment. It was still plenty cold when we got to Greece but there was no snow so going outside for long walks was way easier. After being cooped up for so long it was good to finally be able to stretch our legs a bit and see the sun.
This part of the outreach promised to hold a variety of new and very difference challenges from the ones we faced in Bulgaria. Greece didn’t hold any firmly set ministries that we could join into like we had in Bulgaria. It was up to us to figure out what God had in mind for our time in Greece. I think this may be my favorite part, because much as I love planning (and I really really do), it was exhilarating to just go with the flow and explore each day with what God laid on our hearts. Spoiler alert; it turned out beyond awesome. We did everything from street evangelism to working with big organizations in refugee camps. My favorite adventures came from taking to the streets with my ukulele and working in the refugee camp.
Greece has these huge squares around town and my goodness are they amazing! They hold a variety of all kinds of artists, painters, jewelry makers, musicians, and dancers. You name it and you’ll most likely find it. It was a sunny day that some of my team members and I went to one of these squares with our instruments and started playing worship music. Well, we definitely met some interesting people! One was a vagabond by the name of Marco, he had been on the streets traveling since he was 18, no other reason particularly than he just wanted to see the world. We talked to him for at least two hours; about life, about faith, and his travels. He played music with us until he had to leave. On the surface this story doesn’t seem like it should be one of my favorite memories but if we take a step back, I’ll explain why it is.
Our God is a God of relationship, He knows us and desires for us to know Him and build that relationship with Him. We are made in His image and so therefore are also made for relationship. The reason I’m so fond of this story is because we had the opportunity to build a relationship with Marco, even if it was just for those two hours. We listened to his story and his music while enjoying the sun with him. We spoke to him about life. We not only shared God’s love with Him, but shared God’s love for him from our hearts by our actions.
So, learning the importance of how to just love people was the most important part of the ministry work in Bulgaria, and I have to say, it has carried over into Greece. I continued to grow in how to love people, as did the rest of our team. We had the opportunity to love a new people in radically different situations than the previous month, but no matter the scenario the solution was the same. They all needed love, and specifically God’s love, and we shared it with them. How cool is that?
I am so blessed and privileged to have been a part of such a grand adventure of serving others. It truly has been the best six months of my short life. Thank all of you who have supported me! I would not have made it as far as I did without your love and prayers. I am eternally grateful.
The question I’m sure you’re all asking now is “What’s next?”. Well, I’m sure you could have guessed it, but I will be continuing in the same line of work. I will be heading back over in August for a two-year commitment to work as staff doing the same exact thing I did for the past six months, and hopefully more stuff! I’m really excited for what lies ahead of me as I take on this new adventure! Make sure to stay tuned!
I will be doing some more fundraising in the coming months, so if you’d like to see how you can get involved and support me please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Much love for all of you guys!