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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Breaking the language barrier

{Trip to Greece, the unpacking continues…}

This morning we began with a devotion of the story of the woman that poured out her alabaster oil for Jesus.  It was a great reminder as we go through our day that no moment is wasted when we are serving Jesus.  Whether we are washing dishes, serving a meal, sorting clothes, braiding hair, or simply spending time with someone, all are valuable parts of serving. 
I needed this reminder.  
We visited Helping Hands in downtown Athens.  We were there to serve a meal and help in any way we could.  

For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in. Matthew 25:35
 It is a small dingy building tucked off a busy street downtown.  Outside the building are people begging for food and people dealing drugs. 

After rounding a corner into the building, through a gated stairwell, we are greeted with warm hospitality.  It is a friendly place in the midst of the city. This is truly a place of refuge.  This is a place the refugees are welcomed with a smile, a warm meal, and the love of Christ. These people come fleeing from oppression, from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan.  

Many languages are spoken (mostly Farsi and Greek) but one thing is understood, the love from a listening ear and a warm smile.  

I learned quite a bit from a 12 year old little girl.  She was studying English.  As she practiced her words, she would teach me the word in Greek. She did much better with her pronunciation that I did.  She kept having me repeat the words until I said it correctly.  There was much laughter! 
It was more than a language lesson, it was a lesson of love.  

Sometimes translating has no need for words. 

Will you pour out your alabaster oil? 

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