An update in bullet points…

Today’s learning experiences:

  • 11 am church in central Athens means catching a bus at 9:30 am and not returning until 2:30, but English translation in headsets is a blessing. (Side note: the message at this Greek Evangelical church was on the new covenant presented in Jeremiah 31)
  • When the hospitality coordinator invites you to the beach, go!

Greek fun facts for the day:

  • the Orthodox neighbors think of the protestant bible college as Jehovah’s Witness
  • to flag down a bus we stick our hand straight out, but not with a flat palm open to them, because that is extremely offensive
  • it’s not uncommon for Greek toddlers to swim in the sea naked
  • Greece tried to make smoking in public places illegal in ’09, but no one enforced it
  • Merenda is their version of Nutella. It’s delicious and creamier than our nutella. Peanut Butter is less common here and pricey.
  • Blueberries are hard to find here
  • The number of protestant Christians in all of Greece is between 10,000 and 30,000 people. The country’s whole population is about 11 million. There are more muslims here than Protestants.

Prayer Requests:

  • For a safe and fun day at Andros island with the FL team tomorrow
  • For us to get lots of work done at the library during the rest of the week
  • I hope to find opportunities to learn more about the Orthodox faith here. Thinking a lot about why they don’t consider protestants “Christian” and vice versa.
  • For the many other college-age interns here in Athens doing various work in ministries to prostitutes, Muslim refugees, Albanian children, and everyone in between. That we would not lose focus on our task: to bring God glory and love people well, and that we would not lose heart (Jn 16:33)
  • for us (our fears, desires, etc.) to become less, and the Lord to become so much more
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