Europe

Walking in the Heat

The team did a bunch of different things their second day in Athens–shopping, cooking, teaching English lessons. But mostly they walked. 

Part of the team went out to a couple of squats to play with kids and blew bubbles and hand out stickers. As they were about to leave, one of the members of that squat […]

June 7th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Walking in the Heat

Abundance and Scarcity

By Andy McNeely

Today was filled with emotions as so much of the trip has been. Sorrow for the plight of the homeless refugees, joy with our new Syrian friends, and shock at the ability of people to survive. The most recurring emotion I have had over the duration of our trip has been that […]

May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Abundance and Scarcity

Beneath the Surface

Our second day in the refugee squat began to reveal the brokenness and pain in the lives of our new friends. Tonight, we gathered to share stories from the day – a practice that has been incredibly important to our team. During the day, it’s pretty chaotic and we are individually stretched very thin […]

May 17th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Beneath the Surface

There is So Much Need!

This morning I headed to the port of Athens ahead of the team and served with the Greek Red Cross. I teamed up with them distributing food, clothes, toiletries and cleaning the port terminal. It was a little difficult communicating, but with broken English from them, little phrases in Greek I’ve learned and lots […]

April 4th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on There is So Much Need!

Serving Refugees in Athens

There’s a lot going on in lots of different places with refugees in Athens. One of our short term teams has been there this past week and they have seen first-hand the incredible suffering and struggles of the refugees and immigrants that now crowd Greece. It’s a hard place to be, but they are glad […]

March 15th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Serving Refugees in Athens

Athens Refugee Work and Macedonian Border

Food Distribution
Today, we cleaned up Victoria Square. We swept, picked out trash from among the bushes and plants and filled up four large bags. A couple of the young Algerian men helped out as they realized how disrespectful it was, culturally, to leave an older woman like Nihad, to sweep up after them. In […]

February 13th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Athens Refugee Work and Macedonian Border

Refugees in Europe and Mama Nihad

Mama Nihad
Today, Nihad assisted the Salvation Army in sorting more clothing donations and assisted some of the women volunteers in preparing decorations for the refugees coming to the day center. She went out to the Square and helped Boat Refugee Foundation to distribute tea. Nihad purchased cold medication for young men that had caught […]

February 5th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Refugees in Europe and Mama Nihad

Day by Day with Refugees in Greece

Here’s an update from two of our teammates who are networking with refugee relief workers in and around Athens, Greece in order for us to be better able to serve there.

Today we spent all of our time in a Park. The need there is tremendous! The majority of refugees are from Afghanistan and Algeria. […]

January 13th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Day by Day with Refugees in Greece

The Opportunity to Say Yes

I served with a Servant Group International team on a Greek island. Each day we accompanied approximately 1,000 refugees arriving on the northern coast. The refugees arrive on shore wet, hungry, thirsty, exhausted and frequently in shock from the 6-mile journey. Most have been displaced from their homes for at least a month – […]

December 3rd, 2015|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Opportunity to Say Yes

Stories from the Greek Islands

 

 

November 30th, 2015|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Stories from the Greek Islands