God continues to amaze me. Every single day. The vastness of this city is mind blowing, yet so humbling. As Americans, we tend to have this outlook that we know everything and do everything the right way and the best way and as we come to this other country to “reach the lost” that we can just barge in with our red, white, and blue t-shirts and change the world.
Well, I’m learning that this is false. Very false.
We hiked up to Mars Hill the other day and what I saw made me feel extremely small.
Incredible, right? But that’s not all. That extends as far as the eye can see. And if you walk a little higher and turn the other way, this is what you see:
I had to just stop, look around, and realize that every little (or actually, not so little) building has multiple stories that have multiple windows that have multiple people in them. Woah.
I will be lucky to meet even 50 students on just one of the many campuses in Athens, Greece. But the crazy thing is that God knows each and every one of those people in each and every one of those windows. Just like he knows you and me.
And I thought I could just charge in and change this country? God is the only one changing anyone here…and anywhere. But looking around at this place that has been here for thousands of years – standing in a place where Paul stood – left me speechless. It made me realize what an absolute and complete privilege it is to be here. I did nothing to deserve to be in this miraculous place. God doesn’t need me. He can reach these people on his own. YET he chooses to use me and wants to include me on this journey. Wow.
Yesterday we did a prayer walk on campus and were able to find a few key places that students will be hanging out. Then last night we got to help serve at the local Hellenic Ministry. I helped serve people water. The people that come there for free dinner every Monday night are Middle Eastern refugees. Most of them are Muslim and most of them don’t speak English. It is such a cool ministry.
One of our team members led worship and another team member gave his testimony. There was a translator there, but most people weren’t really listening at all. It made me sad for so many reasons. Just thinking about what those people have been through was tear jerking, but then to see how they don’t know Jesus and seemed to have no interest in hearing about Jesus was just heart wrenching. They were extremely appreciative of the food though, and I could see kindness in their eyes. It’s truly a wonderful place and such a neat opportunity for them to hear about Jesus. We will get to help serve again in 2 weeks and I’m already looking forward to it.
Be praying that these people would be receptive to the Gospel and that it would be presented in a way that will resonate with them.
Days are about to get a lot longer and a lot harder as today marks the start of our time of meeting students on campus.
Be praying that God would give us people to talk to, that these people would want to become our friends, and that we can share Jesus with them.
Our team is broken up into two campus teams and I’m on the team that will be at the Polytechnio campus. We got to do some team bonding and I’m really excited for the upcoming time we will spend together. Here’s our first group selfie:
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. . .
‘Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
God is already doing great things this summer. He is grand and so worthy of praise.
Oh, and just to finish with a food pic… I only thought I knew what good Greek yogurt was. This stuff is delish!