Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wheaton Bible Church GO Team!

What an incredible privilege it was to host a construction team of 8 men from Wheaton Bible Church this last week. From the beginning to the end of the trip, we were incredibly blessed by their visit.

With their help, we were able to begin a remodeling project that HM has been dreaming of for years; moving the kitchen from the 8th floor to the 7th floor at HM's Evripidou Hall in downtown Athens. In just 5 working days the team was able to accomplish so much. They tore out existing structures and laid floor drains, plumbing, electric, did plastering, framing, drywall, taping and poured a concrete floor for the new kitchen and adjacent office space.

It was a long week of work, with many, many hours of labor but also filled with plenty of laughs and spiritual fellowship as the guys worked side by side. The hit of the week was the cooking that was done for the team by Akbar's wife, Leyla. What a gift her gracious and joyful service was to the team.

Now that we have started this renovation, it is only a matter of time before it can change the way the hall is used as we serve the refugees and the homeless there each week!

We ask you all to continue to pray that God would send more teams here to finish the work that this team started.

Could God be asking you to be part of a construction team to Greece in the future?! We hope so!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Call to Missions? The Call to Haiti?

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8)

The focus of our most recent House of Worship was the devastation caused by the horrendous earthquake that occurred in Haiti on January 12, 2010. We were mesmerized as we watched a power point that brought to life the reality of the destruction.

Our hearts broke as we saw the collapsed buildings with people buried alive in them, and the children wandering the streets without food, searching for their families, susceptible even to the viles of human traffickers taking advantage of the tragedy. Hopeless faces without the basic necessities of life. We rejoiced as we viewed one little life rescued out of the rubble and as we saw many of our Christian brothers and sisters ministering in the relief efforts already.

We spent concentrated time praying in small groups begging God to undertake for the people of Haiti.
And we were challenged to ask ourselves…how can we help?
What can we do?
We asked God to give us all a vision beyond Greece, to the needs of other hurting people in Haiti, but also all over the world.
We were challenged to ask the question…is God calling me from my comfort zone here to be the hands and feet of Jesus to others in a foreign land?

Please pray for the young people of Greece, to hear and obey the call to missions.
Pray for HM as we are considering sending a team of Greeks to Haiti in the near future.