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.
- 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