We are currently enjoying a lazy Sunday afternoon here in Athens. Although our sleeping schedule is beginning to normalize, the rest is still much needed.
Yesterday was our first day at the Tea House. We loved it. The Tea House is the main outreach of the ministry here in Athens. We offer hot tea and a sack lunch to any refugee who comes. They are welcome to take the lunch and go, but most spend some time at the center networking and socializing, since it is a safe haven from random police round-ups.
Kristin spent the morning helping to distribute the lunches, before sitting in on the English class in the afternoon. An intern from South Dakota is currently teaching English, but Kristin will begin to rotate in with her – Kristin’s first class is Tuesday.
I spent the morning meeting refugees in the Tea House, listening to their stories over a cup of tea. I met a very friendly group of refugees from Baghdad. One asked if I would be available to help him work on his English. On Tuesday, we will begin meeting together to practice English – and hopefully beginning developing a friendship. Please pray for these sorts of relationships, that they may be open doors to sharing the gospel. Pray for wisdom, boldness, and compassion.

One thought on “First Tea House

  1. We are praising God that you arrived safely and that already, God is placing people in your lives to minister too. Thanks too for the call Kristin a few weeks ago….our email address is vandermeerfamily@comcast.net

    We will continue to pray for you guys, your ministry and the bundle of joy growing inside of you! (Congrats)

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