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How to Order a Pizza

Our work at the center is still going very well. We have had people showing up nearly every day except Friday for English lessons. But today almost no one has appeared because the metro is on strike.

I have loved teaching much more than I thought I would, which is good because it is a much larger […]

July 25th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How to Order a Pizza

1,098 out of 6 million

Sometimes the tragedies of the world hit us like a tsunami and we feel so overwhelmed and completely helpless, drowning in the weight of it all. Even our greatest efforts, our most skillful attempts to keep our heads above water seem deeply, gloriously inadequate. It feels like the last scene of Schindler’s List, where […]

July 19th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on 1,098 out of 6 million

My Syrian Baba

Here’s a first-hand account from one of our team members one what it’s like to serve refugees in Athens. 

It’s been a whirlwind this week. It’s hard to reconcile the anxiety and hesitancy I had right before arriving to the joy that seems to course through my soul. It is not a sugar sweet happiness, […]

June 20th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on My Syrian Baba

Seeing the Red Cross

One of our team members this month is a nurse! We are so grateful for the medical personnel who have joined our one week trips; their help is so valuable!

Today I went to the newest squat (formed this week after the Idomeni camp shut down). Shortly after entering, a woman saw the red cross on […]

June 8th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Seeing the Red Cross

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!

Hot Dog?

I am a teacher; it’s what I do. For the past several years I have been involved with teaching those who speak English as a learned language. Some of those teaching experiences have been frustrating, some fruitful, but always interesting and many times entertaining!

Recently, in Nashville, I was working with two Middle Eastern ladies. The […]

March 29th, 2016|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Hot Dog?

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