2014 Global Missions in Greece

mlab Global, Local, Missions, Spring Break

If you’ve been to MissionLab in the past three years, you’ve probably heard me (or one of my teammates) talk about our global missions focus in Greece. In fact, if you have interacted with me on anything past surface-level small talk, you’ve probably heard me talk about Greece. Three years ago, part of our team began looking into the struggles, the needs, and the ministry opportunities there. Ever since, we have been sharing the story of the work in this part of the world with our MLab teams who have come to serve in New Orleans. In a country so tiny and overrun with economic difficulties, there are over a million refugees seeking a better life. With only around 11 …

Greece: A Few Final Thoughts

mlab Global, Missions, Sarah, Staff

If I’m being honest, I could talk for hours about my trip to Greece: the people we met, the work we did, the things we saw and experienced, the food we ate (!) – the list goes on and on. After visiting three times and falling more in love with the country and its people each time, I’ve got a few stories to tell. For obvious reasons, though (like this isn’t my personal blog and not everyone gets as stoked about Europe as I do), the time has come to wrap things up. In doing so, I figured I would answer the three questions that seem to come up the most. (By the way, if any of you want to …

Greece: The Power of Conversation (and Prayer!)

mlab Global, J.P., Missions, Staff

Kypseli is a tiny neighborhood in Greece (it’s only 1.6 miles long and 1 mile wide!). Despite the close quarters, the community is packed – the population of 180,000 is diverse and includes Greeks, Russians, Albanians, Afghanis, and Iranians, just to name a few. Part of the group who went to Greece with us spent the week praying over and ministering in this neighborhood. We worked with a man who has in the last year begun a church-planting project in Kypseli. There are only 30 evangelical churches in all of Greece, so clearly, there is a huge need. The people in Kypseli are hard working, but the country’s economic crisis has hit everyone living in Greece. The town square where …

Greece: Divine Appointments

mlab Global, Missions, Sarah, Staff

Timing is everything – it’s a cliché for a reason. While I tend to operate on New Orleans time for most things (we move a little slower around the Big Easy), I strive to be on time when I know someone is waiting on me. I’m a people pleaser at heart, and I can’t stand to slow anyone down if I can help it. Sometimes my schedule doesn’t exactly match up with the Lord’s plans, though, and I was reminded of that very clearly while our team was in Greece. Near the end of the trip, we came across a woman named Daniella begging on the street. Someone had clearly helped her position herself on the sidewalk in front of …

Countdown to Greece: Pure Servanthood

mlab Global, J.P., Missions, Staff

 This is a guest post from J.P. Cox, our MLab Director. He and one of our other staffers, Sarah Barnett, will be traveling with a small team to serve in Greece for a week. J.P. and Sarah will be blogging throughout the trip, so come back for regular updates on this adventure! As I sit here in a rare moment of solitude and collect my thoughts (which are many at the moment), my mind keeps going to our upcoming trip to Greece. I have the privilege of leading a team of 13 to this beautiful country for a week of service to the Lord. Service – what does that really look like? I’ve spent the better part of this week …