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Hi! It is Noah again, sorry if you thought it was Ryan.

Today we got to help out at another large meal with helping hands. while many of the helpers were the same al of the refugees were different. It is such a blessing to get to see all of these people who have been through more than i could ever imagine and they still smile like they are on top of the world. It really puts my small problems into perspective and shows me how to enjoy the valleys and not just the mountain tops.

Yesterday we got to go to The original olympic stadium. the one that the games started on… yeah that one… I even got to race Ethan around the track. (shout out to Ethan for being such a great sport! thanks man, it meant so much to me!) we even got see ALL of the olympic torches all the way back to 1936. Those are the ones that that Jesse Owens ran at! We even saw this years olympic torch and I have to say it was very cool.

I think this is my last post of my time in Greece so i would like to say a few things. I wouldn’t trade this for the world. I love each and every one of my teammates and am so glad to have them here with me. My sister (not by blood) taylor has been a joy to have and she will always bring a smile to our faces when we are tired or we are feeling down. She may not perfect but she is the closest thing I have ever found. I am blessed to have a sister like her. Michale is one of the funniest unfunny people I know. while very few of her jokes i actually find funny she still manages to make me laugh like nothing else. plus she can make a killer pot of tea. and I don’t like tea. Victorya and I have so many jokes I can’t wait to see the places our friendship will go. she also has been the one I go to when I need to just talk to some one. she knows how to laugh and she also knows how to be there for some one when they need it. Ethan may not know what a personal space bubble is but he is one of the happiest people I know. He has so much more than he realizes and i can wait for the day he sees his true potential and becomes a man of great spiritual wealth. he he a man of great stature and heart. (I literally just watched him dance off by himself just because he was in a good mood.) nothing will ever keep this man down. He is truly unstoppable if he wants to be. Last but certainly not least is Ryan. Our fearless Leader. This man does not quit. i have gained so much respectful him over these past three weeks and he truly is a joy to be around. he gets us from place to place on time and he loves to laugh. he can take a sunburn that leaves him the same color as a tomato and not even flinch. he has led this group of crazy kids and turned us into a family. a family that I would never give up for all the money in the world. i will truly weep the day i must leave these people behind. they have done so much for me and I never want to leave any of them.

I have felt more at home in Greece with these crazy people than I have in many years. the thought of leaving them in a few days WILL bring me to my knees. I truly love each one of them. (and if you know me, you know i do not say that lightly.)

as always i end with a shout out to my mom. If you know her please tell her about these posts and tell her i am safe and truly enjoying myself. also i did not forget mothers day i just got her something from Greece.

From my Greek family to your own family I say,

May God bless you as he has blessed me.

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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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A Blonde, A Brunette, and a Redhead…

To start off, once again this is not Ryan, and if you’re thinking that it is Noah, you’re wrong again! This is Michale, and I also had difficulties in setting up my account. (It said that someone else had my username, but I can’t imagine someone else having this exact name…) Anyways.

It has almost been a full week since we left for Greece, and had a prayer meeting in front of the student center for our sendoff. What we caught on to after this, however, was the fact that we sounded like the beginning of a bad joke. After all, when you look at us girls, we have a blonde, a brunette and a redhead on their way to Greece (You can’t help but think “what can go wrong?”) The answer is quite a few small things, but no major catastrophes yet.

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One such incident is what we will dub “the elevator escapade.” As you can probably guess, us girls like to wear shorts when out sightseeing, which is what we did earlier in the day; however, when volunteering at the ministry center, we have to wear capris. We were running late, and needed to eat lunch and change. We were able to find food rather quickly, and afterwards came the major task. We needed to find a restroom. However, public restrooms are not very common in Greece, so this became a little more tricky than normal. We managed to find one in American Outfitters, of all places, but the restroom happened to be on the seventh floor. So we took the elevator up, and Taylor remembered one helpful piece of advice. “Remember, the floor numbers go from zero here, so we need to get off at zero when we come back.” We find the restroom, get changed, and hop back on the elevator. Mission Accomplished?

We got out on the second floor. We didn’t recognize where we were, and it took us a few seconds to realize that we were not on the ground level. Did we wait for the next elevator? Nope. We managed to find an escalator and go down, (even though Taylor tried to go down an “up” escalator at first), and tried to find a way out there, forgetting that we were on the first floor. We finally realized we were still not on the ground floor and, after we scared some poor Greek lady who could not speak english, we found the stairs, and sprinted outside to a group of slightly concerned and very confused guys.

At the ministry center, we have been helping teach english, which can be a difficult task when you don’t understand their primary language. We have had several different misunderstandings, but we had a lot of fun. One of my favorite parts about teaching english though, is listening to the refugees pray afterwards. The prayers are very simple, one or two sentences at most, but they are full of a thankfulness that we do not encounter in the  United States. It is one of the most impacting experiences I have had on this trip, and one that I hope to remember for a very long time.

So, as you can tell from the story above, we are adjusting to life here fairly well. We are enjoying life, food, and the team camaraderie; but we also got to do something else today…

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That’s right. We got to see the Parthenon and Mars Hill. (Forgive me if I’m a little smug here. I’ll probably pay for it later with some embarrassing story or other.) Seeing these sights were amazing, and it allowed us to view the New Testament in a whole new way. It caused an impact on all of us, and we even were in shock for awhile. It was astounding to be able to stand where Paul stood, and even realize that we were participating in ministry in the same city that he ministered in. This experience allowed us to really think about the reality of the Bible, and let it sink in that it was real people, not just stories.

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‘Nuff said.

P.S. This is yesterday’s post, but the internet glitched, so we were not able to post it then.


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Getting into the Groove…

So this is actually Noah and not Ryan. Sorry but stuff wasn’t working right for me so I had to use Ryan’s login.

We have been in Greece for four days now I think. It has been really cool to see our group get into the groove of being in close proximity to each other while we work with these refugees. Yesterday I got to work with a few refugee men in an English class. While we were working, I got to know them and they got to learn about me. They seemed to really enjoy learning and getting to hear what I had to say.

Last night I had authentic Greek gelato and I might be in love… it rocks! All of the food here tastes so much better than anything I have had in Kansas. (Except my dads cooking of course.) Even the food here that I don’t like is more enjoyable then most stuff in America.

I adore the group that is here with me. Our leader Ryan is one of the group members and does a great job of keeping us on schedule. Ethan is our big man on campus. He is fun to be around, and I have seen him really get to enjoy the refugees. Michale, Taylor, and I got stuck on a VERY crowded bus yesterday and got to experience Greek life in a whole new way (don’t ask).  Victorya is a great bundle of fun and I know this trip is better with her on it. We may not be a perfect team but we are very close. 😉 I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us in the weeks to come.

By the way if any of you know my mother and can show this to her I would be eternally grateful. Please let her know that I am not dead and I am having a blast!