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Teaching in Rwanda

This past week Bailee, Leilani, Karalyn and I taught at the Rwanda Friends Theological College in Musanze. We lived in the dorm for the college. Each room had its own bathroom which was nice. Some of the students lived in the dorm and some of them commuted from home.

Our day started around 7:30 am for breakfast. I taught Critical Thinking in the mornings (9:00 till 1:00) each day. Pastor Nicodeme translated and helped with illustrations to make the points clear. Pastor Nicodeme is very funny. He often made a joke about what we were talking about. The he would explain to me what the joke was about. We had lots of laughs.

After lunch from 1:30 till 2:30, we all would teach English to the students. Nicodeme divided the students by whether they had finished secondary school. Leilani and Karalyn taught the students who had not finished secondary school and knew less English. They helped them learn to read a skit based on the story of Jesus healing a man who was born blind. Their class then presented the skit to Bailee’s and my class.

Bailee and I taught the ones who knew more English. We had them read out loud from a book written in English by an African. We helped them with vocabulary and pronunciation. Overall it has been a lot of work but a great experience!

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Nearing the Finish Line

Sadly enough, this will be my last blog post since next Friday we will be headed back to America. For better or worse, this trip is coming to and end very quickly.

Our team got to lead two English classes today. We were all probably nervous because none of us had attempted to do this with our help. We got to experience a new ministry!

It is amazing that a language we all speak so well can become so difficult when trying to teach it. For example, how do you explain “how”? It presents new issues we never thought of.

To piggy back off of Taylor’s post about the different kinds of ministries, we have been learning that teaching English is a huge blessing to these refugees. They are moving from place to place and leaving their countries with the familiar language. When they move, they can not communicate as well to the locals of the new country. However, English is a second language in many places, so if we can help them become conversational in English, they will be able to do so much with confidence. We can teach them words to know for the supermarket, the doctor, the Metro/bus stations, etc. Our ministry to them is helping them gain a sense of autonomy in a new country.

This idea is what has stuck out to me this whole trip.

In my mind, we were going to spend a lot of time moving boxes, helping serve meals, etc. However, we have taught more English than anything and I actually rather enjoy seeing the refugees be so grateful.

I will be very sad to leave Greece next week after only just meeting these wonderful people. We have all really loved it here and leaving will be sad.

I think I can speak for my entire team when I say, Greece will forever be in our hearts.

Thank you all for supporting us in prayer as we finish up strong!

Victorya


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The Differences Between Us

Hello everyone!

This week has gone by so fast! We cannot believe that we only have about a week and a half left. The past two days have been filled with fun and laughter. Yesterday, the girls and I went to Helping Hands and participated in a women’s day. It is an opportunity for refugee women to come and relax. There is childcare provided and the women can simply chat and have fellowship. I helped in the children’s room and it was a lot of fun! Today we went and helped teach english to a few people from Iran. This was a highlight of today and I cannot wait to go back tomorrow.

A theme that seems to be occurring for me is a new understanding of language. Being in a new country can have many challenges and barriers that come with it. As we all know when someone does not speak your own language communication becomes difficult, to say the least. It has been difficult having a language barrier when teaching English and when helping at Helping Hands. However, when we were helping in the kids room it was really cool to see how children do not seem to have a cultural barrier. Children are children no matter what culture you are in. They love you for who you are and when a child wants to play with you, they will play with you, no matter what language you speak. This just reminded me about how God can work through anyone in any place. These children opened my eyes to how, even though they cannot speak my language, they love you anyways. There was nothing that felt more rewarding than when the kids smile and laugh after you tickle them. Even though there is a language and culture barrier they just want to play, laugh, and just be around you. These children have been through a lot and I was able to see God in a whole new way while watching them laugh and run around the play area.

When we are loving one another as Christ would we lose the barriers that can keep us apart. Even though it can be difficult to love one another when there are so many differences between all of us, it is one of the greatest ways to be Christ to others. We cannot become caught up in all of the barriers between us or we can miss the little moments of laughter and joy. These kids reminded me of that yesterday and I feel like I have a new understanding of how big God is and how I should love others through the barriers that keep us apart because in the end, it will always be worth it.

All in all, it has been a good week. It has gone by fast but I am glad that through the highs and lows God is working in everything. Thank you so much for your prayers and for reading our updates. I wish that we were able to tell you all everything we have done and learned, but you can ask us when we get back! We would love to share more about our trip.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Taylor Mabry

P.S. Sorry there are no photos this time. We do not have any pictures from Helping Hands or teaching English.

 


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Leaping into Corinth

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literally…

again, sorry for posting on Ryan’s but my email is being sucky. (BTW this is Noah)

so yesterday we got to go and see Corinth. it was Awesome! not only did our in country missionary tell us a ton of new and exciting things about Corinth but was also got to explore the area where we got to walk though gates that were there in biblical times but we also got to walk where Paul did multiple times!

I never thought I would be able to say I have walked where the Apostle Paul walked. it is so amazing to truly get to experience these places and not just see them. We even got to stand where Paul was dragged in front of the Roman Forum.

Today we worked at Helping Hands to prepare, serve, and clean up a meal. there was also a devotional that the refugees could partake in. it was such a blessing and humbling experience to see all of these refugees partake in a meal with such joy on their faces. the refugees here continually show me just how much some on can go through and come out smiling if they truly trust in God with every thing!

I feel so unworthy to help these people. I feel as though they should be showing ad teaching me about what it means to trust. I am so glad that i have been given this opportunity to come here and serve.

As always, please, if you can let my mother know about this post. Tell her I am not dead and doing great here in Athens. Tell her I love her and not to worry. (she is still going tho worry…)


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Taking a walk with Paul

Hello everyone in the world!

Today is going to be a shorter post. We have had a really long weekend but it has been worth it! Today we went to Corinth and went up to the top of the mountain where the temple to Aphrodite the Greek goddess would have been. We climbed all the way up to the top and witnessed a beautiful view! We loved the history behind this site and then walked down the mountain to the city part of Corinth. We also went to a museum that showed us different statues and historical artifacts from that time. The museum is located next to a site that is being uncovered and it has many different buildings that are being slowly pieced back together. We witnessed so much history and biblical significance today that we do not know what to do with it. We were able to see where Paul was most likely dragged in front of superiors of the city to be judged in the Roman forum. I loved how we were able to see how Paul walked through Corinth and saw where Paul went.

I personally learned so much from our trip today. However, one aspect that stood out to me the most was how Paul lives out his faith. He went to to biggest places and talked to the biggest names for that time. The whole time he made sure that he was living passionately for Christ and spreading the gospel. This challenges me to look at my life and see how I am sharing the gospel. Am I letting myself be swayed by fear or am I not living fully for Christ the way I should be? I want to live fully for Christ and today while walking through the old streets of Corinth I was reminded by God how I am called to live.

There are some thoughts about today and a list of what we did! Below are some photos of where we went and I hope you all enjoy them. As always, thank you so much for praying for us!

With love,

Taylor Mabry


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I am doing better…

I can’t believe it has been a week since my last post. It feels like I am in some kind of twilight zone, with time seeming to have flown by, but also feeling like it is time to head back home. A week is up, and it is time to get back to “normal” things, or so I think. It is honestly a feeling that our group has been sharing throughout today.

But back to more interesting things. If you want to know what has been going on this week, I recommend that you read the past few blogs that my teammates. So I will be filling in on what we have done over the past couple of days

Yesterday (Saturday the 19th) our adventures began at about 4:15 AM local time (around 9:15 Eastern time in the United States) heading to Athens airport for a quick flight up to Thessaloniki, which should of had us there by 8:00. However, as life would have had it, our original plane had engine issues (or something like that), and we had to disembark for another plane (which though inconvenient, is much better than realizing issues in the air). However, we eventually overcame those difficulties, as well as other issues with our rental car, and headed out to first stop at Lydia’s Baptistry, the Lydia spoken of in Acts 16. While we cannot be sure, some scholars believe that the spot shown in the picture below marks where Paul and his companions met Lydia and other God Worshipers of Philippi and the surrounding areas. It was pretty surreal! Also, the water was delightfully frigid.  IMG_0069

After spending a few minutes there, all too short for what I would of liked, but pressed for time due to the delays from earlier, we moved on to the archeological site of Philippi. This was incredible. Our guide, Ken Dirrim, provided much historical background to the city. While I will not recall everything here for space (and for lack of writing it all down🙃), two things I would like to emphasize. One is the court (this has a much more proper name, one that I do not recall as of writing this) that is shown in the panorama below, where Paul was dragged before the magistrates after casting out the future-telling demon the servant girl was possessed by in Acts 16. It is always much easier to connect with the scriptures if one has a picture, let alone being able to walk where Paul was.

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The other picture is that of the Roman road Via Egnatia. This is the road that Paul would have walked on during his travels in the area. It was during this time that I realized I had fulfilled a life-long desire of mine: to visit biblical sights where heroes of the faith had walked themselves. And here I am fulfilling this dream at 21 years old, not decades down the road. It has me grateful to God for the opportunity.

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The last thing I want to talk about is the worship services we attended today, Sunday the 20th (really yesterday here in Greece, but we will pretend that I got to bed at a decent time). In the morning we attended the 2nd Greek Evangelical Church in Athens, which I am told was a church plant from Smyrna mentioned in Revelation. This was our second time attending it, and though the service is done in Greek, there is a translator for the small but consistent group of English speaking missionaries and that come through Greece. It is amazing to experience worship with those speaking a different language. It helps one realize that they apart of the Global church, and I am encourage to have a picture of believers from around the globe. It is definitely will be one of the highlights of my trip. We also attended a Persian church in the evening, which serves the Middle Eastern refugee community here. Again, hearing others praise God in a language different from your own is awe-inspring, and I recommend everyone to experience it at some point.

The hour has grown late, so I am not really sure how else to end this but to say that I am doing well, am feeling much more comfortable with the Greek culture, particularly of crossing the roads (ask my teammates about it!), and blessed by both what God has done in the past week and am looking forward to the week ahead!

Blessings,

Ethan


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Birthday Blast

Spending your 21st birthday in another country while doing the work of the Lord is an experience you’ll never forget! This morning we went to a coffee shop where we had waffles, quesadillas, smoothies, and coffee. The owner of the coffee shop is painting a mural in the back of wings where we went and took some pictures!

We headed out to see compassion kids 960 and got to sit in a classroom where they have class every Saturday and re teach the kids what they have learned but include how God is apart of everything they learned. It’s really wonderful to see these teachers teach the gospel of God in what the kids are learning!

After we headed to compassion kids 961 where we met some of the founders then were able to eat with all of the kids! Afterwards we went to the courtyard where we showed 267 kids how to play duck duck goose which was too difficult because of how many kids there were! After that we got to watch some of the kids do some traditional dances which was really neat. The boys started a basketball game so Bailee and I decided to play while Karalyn took pictures! It was so much fun, but very physical because there weren’t rules! I am blessed to be able to spend this birthday in another country serving!