Just over a year ago Joe and I made our vows, committing to each other for the rest of our lives. I vowed to Joe that where he goes, I will go, where he stays, I will stay. And perhaps sooner than we were expecting, God has given us the chance to go. To go to new places, new people, new challenges, and new joys.
In January 2016 Joe and I had the opportunity to travel to Athens, Greece on a two week trip to work with disaster relief efforts with the refugees in Athens. This short trip impacted our lives in ways we never saw coming, and God has given us the opportunity to go back for a longer period of time.
When we were in Athens we connected so well with the missionary team that was there, and the work the Greek church was doing. It felt right, it felt natural. Near the end of our trip, the team there asked if we would be interested in coming back and we have been praying about it since.
Thousands upon thousands of refugees have been moving across the middle east, into Europe – a lot of them traveling or stopping in Greece. The Evangelical churches in Greece have come together to start a support center for refugees called The Center of Hope in Victoria Square. The center is one of the only UN declared safe spots for refugees in the entire country of Greece. The Greek believers also hope to plant a new church in order to continue to welcome the refugees and immigrants into the Greek culture, and the church body.
When we were there Joe and I got to go to the port, where massive ships full of refugees were docking. It was the most chaotic, overwhelming experience of my life. But even in that moment, as families were rushing past me, freezing, hungry, and trying to get their families to safety, I knew that God had something in mind for me and Joe beyond our short trip. We are in an unprecedented time in world history for so many people from countries closed to the Gospel to make their way into countries where there is freedom of religion. How can we turn down the opportunity to be part of that story?
Joe and I have a heart to move toward people that are hurting and walk with them towards hope and healing, and the Lord has opened this door for that to be possible for us in a way we never saw coming. About a month ago we committed to join the Mission to the World (MTW) team in Athens, Greece led by Philip and Joy Kirkland. We have made a 2-3 year commitment. We have money to raise, visa’s to apply for, and logistics to navigate, but Lord willing we will leave when we are fully funded. I am honored to the point of tears to share this news with you. This site and blog are meant to share our story, and how we see God in the world, in ourselves, and in you if you want to join this journey with us. There is nothing we love more than to tell people about our mission to Greece. If you want to hear more about it- please reach out. You can also choose to follow our blog to stay up to date on where we are in the process.
Isaiah 6:8 “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”