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The Little Things in Life

Hello everyone! (sadly, hello for the last time)

Unfortunately, our trip has come to an end. It has been a whirlwind of an experience, a trip to remember, and I have learned so much about God during this time. It is hard to know what to say about this three week trip that impacted me so much. I wish I could share all of my stories, all of the experiences, and emotions that I had.

I wish that I had one giant lesson to speak about for this trip but I am not sure I could pick one. I have realized that maybe that was the point of this trip. When I first started processing this trip at the beginning of the semester, I asked God to shake me up and do something major in my life. I expected to be shaken greatly and to have a huge life-changing experience. Isn’t that how we all imagine God works best? 😉 As the trip was winding down I realized that I had not had a life changing moment and my life was not switched upside down. While I was convicted deeply about things, I was disappointed that God had not moved in the way I imagined He would. I then realized that just because I assumed I knew the way God would work doesn’t mean that it is the way He planned on working. As I looked back on the trip I see that God did the exact opposite that I expected Him to. (He loves to keep us on our toes that way) He moved in the little things.

The little moments in this trip was where I saw God the most and where I learned the most. He was in the small child that screamed and ran around laughing, He was in the old men on the street conversing with friends, he was in the broken English conversations that taught me more patience than I knew I had. He was in the beggars on the street, he was in the shop owner that we passed everyday on our way home, He was in the refugee women that laugh and drink more tea than I thought was possible. He was in the other American girl that we met randomly and talked with for an hour and He was in the silence of the night when we were more tired than ever. God taught me how to love even when the people didn’t love me back, He showed up in the joy of the refugee that gave us food that they barely had for themselves. God taught me how to be more committed to my faith and challenged me to take my faith more seriously by seeing families risk everything to come and get a Bible. God was in the sacrifice of the workers who give everything to this ministry. He was in my teammates as we all laughed and cried together. This is what I learned. I learned the everyday things that we seem to take for granted as we walk through our lives is where God is the most. He showed me how I need to take my faith more seriously and how I should show unconditional love.

We expect God to move in the big ways. We wait for Him to show up and save the day with some miracle. While He does do that, maybe we should start to realize that maybe God isn’t swooping in to move in big ways because He would prefer to use us to reach the lost and broken. This trip is not one that I will soon forget. It is something that I will take with me throughout my entire life. It has made me want to travel more and also reach the people in my community and worldwide.

I thank God for my teammates who were encouraging and have grown to be family. (Love you guys!) I thank God for the people who we worked with and the people that we met. Thank you to everyone who prayed for us as we were in Greece! We could not have done this without you. If you get the chance and want to ask me more about the trip I would love to talk about it!

Thanks for reading our blog! We are headed back to the States now and we pray that you all have a wonderful summer!

God bless!

Taylor Mabry 🙂

P.S. Greece needs no filter.

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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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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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Our Big Fat not-so-Greek Family (and some lessons learned)

Hello everyone!

This is Taylor Mabry. I am so excited to be writing my first blog today. We will have two blogs today due to the internet being bad last night and Michale not being able to post. She just posted a blog called “A blonde, brunette, and a redhead…” if you would like to go read it. 🙂 I was not sure what to write today when the day began. However, I believe that I learned some lessons for today.

To begin the day the group went over to the Helping Hands ministry center and cleaned for them. We were able to clean the floor, wash windows, and a few more things. After helping at the ministry center the guys stayed behind and participated in a mens day for refugees. They had a blast playing in a ping-pong tournament and having fellowship with other men.

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Michale cleaning laundry baskets.

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Noah cleaning a table (that was really, really, really dirty)

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Victorya and I cleaning one of their walls in the washroom.

Sorry no photos of Ethan or Ryan. Ethan was taking the photos and Ryan was MIA 😉 (jk he was doing leader stuff)

As for the women we had to go back to the apartment and hang out until the guys came back. However, we did not do just that. We decided to get some food for tonight and we went to a street market in our neighborhood. We felt very well when we bought fresh fruit and vegetables from the local vendors. I was so excited to have accomplished buying local food in a foreign country! It is something so simple but when one is not familiar with what is around them or the language it can be the little victories that count the most.

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*Above is the food that we got form the market.

As for what was learned, today I learned that ministry is more than just the action of serving people in the ministry center. I know that no matter what we do in life as Christians is an act of service to others and ministry as a witness of Christ. However, it was a little hard today to stay behind as the guys went on to have fellowship with the refugee men. As the girls and I stayed home we realized that our ministry and service can also be to our teammates. We are here to serve our fellow teammates as much as we are to here to serve the people in Greece. We were able to hang out at the apartment and to make supper, clean up the apartment, and make sure that food was on the table when they returned. Being on a team is not just about being forced to live together for a few weeks and eating together. It is about how you can become a family for your time here and learn how to best serve each other so that you each have a good missions experience. Ministry is what we do to show the love of Christ to others. No matter who they are or what circumstance they may be in.

Every night we have had “family time”. We talk about what we liked most about the day, what we learned, and what was the hardest part of our day. This has brought us closer together as some of us have had rough days while others were having good days. I believe that the whole team can agree that we are becoming closer and stronger as the days pass and we are learning more about how to serve each other best. When people talk about this trip, they talk about all of the ministry that we will do in this country and for the people here. I think that we can forget that we also have to travel around the world with people that we really, truly, do not know. This provides a great space for us to learn about what it is like to work with other people and live with each other (in a foreign environment no less). Needless to say, we are slowly becoming one big (slightly dysfunctional) happy family. 🙂

I am excited to see how else God moves during this trip, in myself and in the team. That is all that I have for today, we have a day off tomorrow and we will hopefully be writing again soon! We are praying for everyone back home and thank you for your prayers as well!

With love,

Taylor Mabry

(And fam)

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