Fully engaged . . . in work!
For some the word “work” is considered a 4-letter word. Not desirable and not attractive. But for those who serve Christ here in Greece, it is anything but! In fact, it is a watchword for the way they serve Christ, one another and the people who cross their path, day in and day out. Some of these are fellow Greek citizens. But in recent years, many are citizens of other nations such as Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran. No matter where they are from, each person is served as this Bible verse describes:
“Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose].” 1 Corinthians 15:58 The Amplified Bible
Our Women in the Window International team (which includes two men) has determined to be fully engaged in all aspects of this trip and the training we provide while here in Greece. Fully engaged in prayer; fully engaged in fellowship (including some exquisite Greek food) and fully engaged in work! Here are a few photos and updates from our trip this week and prayer requests for the week ahead …
On this World Refugee Day, we rejoice that a group of women refugees were at our first micro-enterprise training. They talked with excitement about their interests and dreams to create income-generating businesses as they received this training from our team—Meg, Lea, Kathy and Carolyn.
The young men had a blast learning new skills and enjoying the undivided attention of our excellent men leaders, Ken and Tom. One of the young refugee boys then turned to express the love he had received to another child.
Servant leadership means we listen more than we speak. And we learn as we teach. That has definitely been the experience of our Servant Leadership training team as we engage the staff of the church and Integration House. Tomorrow is our final day of training for all 3 training components. Please pray:
That each of these precious people who have received our training will implement the principles they’ve learned, turning them into reality that transforms their lives forever.
That our team continues to remain strong in our resolve to fully engage in all aspects of our trip as we continue for several days of stepping in the footsteps of the Apostle Paul here in Greece.
That our hearts are FOREVER CHANGED as a result of this experience to celebrate the wonders of Him!
WiW would like to thank the First Presbyterian Church North Palm Beach contingency for their leadership in all sessions and for their reaching out with love to the refugees and staff. Please pray for a safe and uneventful trip for Lea as she travels home on Friday.