Haythorpes are back!
We cannot even put into words how incredible our time in Greece was! There were no disappointments as we saw God move in every way possible. Here are a few highlights of our time there:
In Greece, we were working in a hotel turned refugee camp that housed over 450 refugees. Most of our time was serving and helping with the function of the facility and also working with the children. We were able to REALLY get to know a lot of the children and families. We were not only able pray with some of them, but on the very last day we were able to pray over the building and worship at the front doors. It was amazing to see people come out, listen, sing with us and receive prayer. The people running the camp were so grateful and gave us big hugs goodbye. They even tried to convince us to stay for longer, which was also AMAZING because there was originally an air of skepticism from day one when we responded to their questions of why we wanted to volunteer with a simple, "we just want to serve because we love Jesus".
One of the intentions of the DTS is that we see the students exercise their faith muscles in whatever they feel God is asking of them. We have the same intentions with our children. When you partner those two things together, it has the potential for incredible things to happen... which we did see! One night when we were out in the city, a few of the DTS student were with our girls talking to a guy who worked at a local cafe. We got to know him pretty well as we frequented the cafe. He had complained about an injured leg. As an act of faith, Kindi prayed for healing over his leg and it was healed! I can't even begin to tell you how excited she was that God used her. Even days later seeing him and to see that it was in fact better continued to be a reminder of the possibilities when stepping out in faith. SUCH a joy to hear as a parent. Over our time in Greece, we saw healings in legs, feet, backs, wrists and even the blind seeing! Talk about exercising faith!!
In Greece, the main religion is Greek Orthodox and within the Refugee community it was predominantly Islam. The biggest highlight was that we were able to give Arabic Bibles out to some of the refugees that we had built relationship with. This is HUGE in a predominately Muslim environment. We were also able to share the gospel with other volunteers and people on the street. One woman who came to listen to the DTS guys playing guitar in the main square was so ready to hear the Gospel. She's a highly educated woman and yet she was searching! As she was walking by, she was just "drawn to" the music. She said YES to Jesus that night. :)
Although it sounds like the harvest is ready in Greece, one of my highlights was actually on the flight home. I sat next to this vibrant and friendly guy. We were just chit-chatting and because I was desperately trying to stay awake for my last flight home, the conversation was very welcomed. Less than 5 minutes into our conversation, he shared with me that he was searching for more in life. As we spent the next couple of hours flying to California, I got to share the Gospel with him. What a glaring reminder that the harvest is ready in the USA as much as it is in any other part of the world. And an even bigger reminder to be aware of what God might be bringing into my path on a daily basis, remembering to lean in on the Holy Spirit to not only show me but to to direct me through each moment.