As we have passed the halfway mark of our time here on Lesvos, we can’t believe how God has held us so closely to Him. We are learning so much and its hard to put these lessons on paper.
I have been on all day shifts since the last blog post and Jace has been on several night shifts (12 am to 8 am) as well as a few day shifts. During the day shifts, our duties have mainly consisted of housing, which has been good but also hard.
Moria is one of the darkest places at times; there have been many days where we witness horrible horrible things. These people have no hope and their desperation takes a toll. If Jace and I are being completely honest, there are some mornings where we wake up and we feel like we can’t go back to Moria. This is where God has revealed to us that He calls us to serve even if it is not always going to be fun, comfortable, or safe. No matter how Jace and I feel about the work we are doing, we have so much confidence in that this is where God wants us for this season. We are firm in our beliefs that God has brought us here for many reasons. And he is revealing these reasons slowly as we go on.
Moria is a dark place but the Word of God is alive it cuts through the darkness bringing hope to the lost and vulnerable.
Life is being born in Moria, both spiritually and literally. On one of Jace’s night shifts, a baby was born in one of the giant rub halls. The dad from my next story is the one who came and got him to find help. On one of my housing duties, I got to go tell families they were moving into a better camp. One of these families was that husband that came to get help for the other family and his wife with five children. They had twins that were 2 months old. I got to climb into their blanket tent that was about 8’ by 6’ and sit with them for a little while. They were so happy they got to leave Moria and those babies were so precious. Moria may seem dark but life is being born in this place. God used those precious babies to point out to me to not look past the fact that new Christians are being born in Moria as well.
I-58, another organization with Eurorelief in camp, has a church plant on the island. It’s amazing to see God work through that. Seeing refugees gathered in camp waiting for a bus to church is a scene you can’t explain. God is saving the lost and bringing hope to the hopeless!
Part of the confidence I have in being here, is even when I am scared or feeling like I can’t handle the chaos in camp, I reflect on
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
This is what I was created to do. The specifics in this verse are exactly what we are doing in Moria, feeding the hungry, housing strangers, clothing those in need, loving the sick, and visiting those in prison so that they may see the Love of Christ.
Thank you for the continued prayers from home. Our prayer request is from a notecard Heather Cobb sent with me,
“Spirit of love, make me like the loving Jesus; give me his benevolent temper, his beneficial actions, that I may shine before men to thy glory, The more thou doest in love in me and by me, humble me the more; keep me meek, lowly, and always ready to give thee honour. -“Christian Love” The Valley of Vision