May 9, 2010

This weekend I have been sick with a fever and cold. Of course this happened three days before I leave on my mission trip to Greece. Praise God that I am now back to my normal healthy self other than a minor sore throat.

Since I was parked on the couch and in bed all weekend, I was unable to be productive and do the things I wanted to do before I leave. But I did get to spend some time at home and away from my typical fast paced life.

I do have to say that my wonderful boyfriend drove from Marion to Battle Creek yesterday just to take care of me while I was sick. He did this even though we were all going back to Marion today.

Now I am all packed and ready to leave at 5:00am tomorrow. With a twelve hour flight I will have plenty of time to rest. I am also very thrilled that we will have a layover in Paris! It will only be a few hours, but I am hoping I can catch a glimpse of the city.

I wish I knew what to expect in Greece. I know the basics of our mission, but really I have no idea what our schedule will be like. I don't know what we will be doing from day to day, and the uncertainty is going to be such a good lesson for me. I need to learn how not to plan. I need to be content with following someone and letting things happen. I know it will be dangerous and foreign, but I also know that we will be protected. Our purpose is God's purpose, so why should we be afraid? There isn't a worry in my mind, and there shouldn't be.

This trip is going to change my life. I will return with new and opened eyes.



Our team is going to have some internet access, and I am told we will be able to update our team blog:

http://toathensgreece2010.blogspot.com/


We will be working with a missions organization, International Teams, and these are some websites that give information about what we will be doing in Athens:

http://refmin.iteams.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=35%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20www.helpinghands.gr/en/default.htm

http://iteams.org/wws/europe/athens.shtml

http://neazoi.org/


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