On a two week trip to Greece in May, a team served at an Arabic church in Athens. The group was comprised of nine team members from Kentucky, Ohio, and Mississippi, and they volunteered at Bridges Church and Damaris, a safe house for trafficked refugee women.
The goal at Bridges was to remodel the church’s current children’s room into a space that could be used for children, mothers, counseling and other outreach. Before the project, the walls of the room were covered with a mural and the space was filled with toys, game pieces, books, etc.
The team sanded and painted the walls a calming blue and installed a panel of wood where there was only half a wall. They deep-cleaned the room and organized all of the toys, books, and supplies so the children had better access. Additional funds allowed team members and church staff to purchase new furnishings from IKEA, including a rocking chair for mothers who use the room during church services. They also cleaned the church’s kitchen, bathrooms and office spaces.
Voula, the partner at Bridges, said that the team “transformed our Sunday school place, and our kitchen is stunning clean! We have to tell that we have been impressed by the diligence, the quiet spirit, the encouragement, the unity of the team and the great support. It has been a great encouragement for us to see a group of young people to be willing to serve the others and in this way serving the Lord.”
The team was blessed by the time spent with those at Bridges. From sharing lunches and dinners with partners to attending Bible studies and church services, team members were able to see the faces of the refugee crisis by listening to the stories of those Bridges serves.
This is the second time team member Bradley Crowe has served in Greece with GO. He said that “seeing firsthand how God is working through believers at Bridges is a life-changing experience. God’s love knows no boundaries or borders, which is depicted beautifully by Bridges’ outpouring of support for the refugees in Athens.”
A previous GO team to Greece volunteered at Damaris, and this team did follow-up work around the safehouse.
“Greece was life changing!” said team member Mari Grace Alexander. “I got to see first hand just how God uses people. Going on this trip just emphasized that we as Christians are called to disciple others.”