#RCAthens: They Needed Me…

11.8.16  Today we spent a lot of our time working with an organization called “Refugees Welcome to Piraeus”. Their current efforts involve sorting and delivering clothes to the many UN camps and squats that refugees have settled in as they await resettlement. The location of their distribution and organizing center is unique. It is the…

#RCAthens Day 2: The Mustard Seeds of Mission

11.6.16 I’m a Chicago Cubs fan. Last week was a good week. Over five million people attended the Cubs World Series victory parade. Someone told me it was the 7th largest gathering of people in world history. I have no idea if that’s true, but that IS a lot of people celebrating the completion of…

#RCAthens: We Are Here To Plant Seeds…

11.5.16 We are here to plant the seeds of unconditional love. Today was our first day of travel. We spent the majority of the last 24 hours driving, flying, catching naps when possible, and settling into our hotel in Athens. After a few hours of rest, our team headed to dinner together with our trip…

GET RHYTHM

We are teaching through Genesis 1 and 2 in our church over the next few weeks. Genesis has so much poetry and depth. I continue to discover new and beautiful layers to the story of God’s creation and I’m challenged by the counter-cultural message Genesis is calling me back into as a follower of Christ….

NO “THEM”, ONLY “US”

In the age of social media, I have greater access to the private opinions and thoughts of thousands of people every day. I’m able to gather stories from people’s lives in a matter of seconds. A common part of the story involves the continual growth of tribalism. People seem to naturally divide themselves from others….

#RCAthens: ABUNDANCE AND SCARCITY

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 of amazement at…

#RCAthens: TODAY… MAY 18

My brain feels like a computer hard drive that is completely full. I’m trying to access the appropriate files to open so that stories can be shared and it’s not functioning. It’s difficult to describe the emotions, but much harder to give adequate depth to the powerful relationships and love we have for our Muslim…

#RCAthens: WHERE IS YOUR FATHER?

Today we traveled to a small church that has been hosting refugee families for lunch, activities, and English lessons. Our trip leader described it as ‘Disney World’ for these refugee families. It’s an escape from the camps that sound more like hell on Earth each time we hear about them (We are headed to a…

#RCAthens: 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 for…

#RCAthens: 195 AND 8

There’s a Metro stop a couple blocks from my house, and if you jump on there and ride into the city you’ll have a few good views of some DC graffiti. The colors, the shapes, the perfectly formed letters are often downright impressive – they’re art. This picture of graffiti I found walking through Athens…

#RCAthens: DAY 1

We just returned from an epic Greek meal near the Acropolis in Athens and I’m reminded again of the power of Communion. We spent the past 3 hours around a dinner table with endless amounts of incredible Greek cuisine and great wine. The feast lasted so long that many people got up in groups to explore…

#RCAthens: THEY’RE OFF

Earlier today the RC Athens team gathered at Dulles International Airport and departed for the first, and longest, leg of the trip. They’ll fly to Amsterdam first, and five hours later they’ll head to Athens. They’re due to arrive in Athens at 1:30am (Eastern Time). Will you join us in prayer for safe travels? “For…