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First Day in Athens, Greece!!!


Wow! I cannot explain in words how much different Athens is compared to the States, but somehow, it has a familiarity to it. Athens reminds me of the places I grew up in: Albuquerque, NM, Phoenix, AZ, and the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation. These three places have poverty, a mixture of cultures, many generations of families, and landscape in common with Greece. I didn’t realize this until recently, but in a way, I feel like God prepared me my whole life for this moment in time. It’s really crazy to think that God knew this was going to happen, and He knows the plan even before I knew there was one to begin with. This experience, so far, has taught me that God is in control of everything, and He has a purpose for each one of His followers.

On a side note, I have learned that Greek people are almost always in shape, because it takes a lot of muscle, power, and motivation to walk everywhere you need to go, and it doesn’t help that our apartment is on the very top  super steep hill… This just proves how really out of shape I am.

On another side note, the Greek food is SO delicious!!! Why wasn’t I born a Greek?!?!?


Until next time,

Elizabeth Herbel


2 thoughts on “First Day in Athens, Greece!!!

  1. Hi Elizabeth and everyone else, I loved that you said that God was preparing you for this journey in your life. God does have everything planned from the beginning and He knows that this moment in time will be great for you and the people you come into contact with at the Helping Hands ministry. Your time there will be a blessing for you and us here in the states. We are all praying for you and excited that you are having the “time of your life”! Love you and enjoy the world!!! Sorry God didn’t make you Greek but he did make Passports so that you can visit all these places in the world. 🙂

  2. Glad you like the food! Sorry I can’t say that you will end up enjoying the walking any more. 🙂 But I encourage you to walk slow enough to enjoy the journeys and to be observant as you move around the city – not only to see the sights, buildings, flowers, and trees, etc., but all the people in need of Christ. I believe you (and the rest of the team) received God’s call to be there now, too!

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