A few last photos from Greece. We leave for the airport at 4am tomorrow and will land in Chicago around 2pm.
It was challenging on another really hot day to start at 5 am and move our forty-pound packs and our daypacks from our hostel to the bus, to a train, onto another train, into vans and finally into our new lodging back at the Cosmovision Center (https://cosmovision.gr/gallery/). But we did it! Here are a few candid photos of our recent eleven hours of travel from Skopje to Athens.
After a long day of traveling, the Greece/Macedonia team has arrived in Athens and is ready to begin our debriefing!
As we begin to wrap up our ministry time in Skopje, our schedule allowed us to have some time to visit one of the most iconic man-made landmarks of the city.
The millennium cross overlooks the entire city of Skopje, Macedonia. Because it is lit up at night it can be seen from the entire city night and day.
A 20 minute drive up the mountain side takes you to a place, where for a small fee, you can take a five-minute, six person gondola ride up to the foot of the cross.
The massive cross was intentionally built 33 meters high representing the 33 years of Christ’s life. The very base of it is built upon 12 pillars, representing the 12 apostles. The upper base is built upon four large pillars representing the four Gospels. After enjoying the view of the cross and the city below on one side of the mountain and hundreds of miles of Valley on the other direction, we separated and enjoyed doing our quiet time with the breathtaking views before us. It was an amazing experience enjoyed by all.
Just in: FYI in case you haven’t heard, a 5.3 earthquake struck Greece today. Its epicenter was near the north part of Athens. However, it’s something that has NOT affected our Royal Servant Team in anyway as we are hours north of that area…near the northern border of another country,
So all is well here, and if it weren’t for the news report we wouldn’t have even known that it had happened!(-:
Let’s Be praying though for all those in Greece who WERE affected though.
-Dave Eikenberry, Greece/North Macedonia Trip Leader
Enjoying our daily fifteen minute walk to our work project!
Here is a little more from those we’re serving under and with here in Skopje. They’re slowly but surely impacting this area with the Gospel and we are honored to have a small part in what God is doing through them!
More photos from our work projects, sports
outreach, and English class ministries in Skopje, Macedonia at the Word of Hope church.
Here’s a rundown of what we’ve been up to the past few days.
While staying in Skopje, Macedonia our ministry partners, SEND International has arranged for us to stay in a small but nice little hostel not far from the two church plants we are working with and the city center. It has food stores, a laundromat, and other important businesses nearby.
It is very convenient, but very small. It is an old apartment that has been reconfigured into a small hostel. It’s safe, clean, and in good condition. It has five sleeping rooms, two bathrooms, and a small kitchen and dining area that the 21 of us are using for three meals per day.
It’s a real challenge living in such close quarters, but we are learning to work together and make the most of what we have. We basically eat, sleep, shower, and do our worship in this place. The bulk of the day we spend away and out doing ministry at the church plants and in the community.
Today nine of our team members attended an all day TESL certification (teach English to non-English speaking speakers) training program. All nine are now certified!
As part of our ministry here in Macedonia, all next week we will be providing some much wanted conversational English classes for people here. We brought some supplies for this and spent an hour at training camp preparing. Today’s training should be a great help!
Attached are a few photos from the training, including the delicious lunch that was provided!
After settling in we had a great time getting to know our ministry partners here and learn more about the Macedonian culture and how best to reach out to them with the love of Christ.
This evening we had the chance to enjoy our first cultural meal together here! Good times and good food!