I apologize that it has been so long since I have written. The last week or so has been a battle, personally, and I had allowed that to prevent me from writing. Please forgive me!
I experienced breakthrough yesterday, just before we went on campus for an outreach. It's hard sometimes for me to put into words what it's like when God breaks in on your heart. I just remember in the midst of the heaviness saying, 'No, Jesus is alive,' and my heart began to believe in the Son again. It's amazing how God comes running with grace, mercy, and a love that brings freedom at even the slightest turn of our hearts towards Him.
It was then in prayer that morning that I felt the Father speaking over us that we were glorious. Our faith in His Son was so glorious in His eyes. Our little crew of young missionaries, our tiny body of believers here in Thessaloniki, the leadership and body of our church back home, along with many others that are believing in His Son, are so glorious in the eyes of the Father. I could feel His pleasure and delight.
Yesterday was the second time we had done a coffee outreach on campus. Basically, every Tuesday we set-up a table on the campus of the university and give out free coffee. People are intrigued by a handful of Americans giving away free Starbucks. I honestly don't know how to describe it because I think we are all learning how to be genuine, sincere, effective and loving evangelists.
I believe our heart is 2 Cor. 5:20, "Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."
We have already started to develop a history of relationship among some students after only two weeks. I was talking with Amy about how there is such a unique mix of people that we meet. Some just want free coffee. Some are really inquisitive and perhaps, a little suspicious. Some are sarcastic. Some are genuinely interested in who we are and what we're doing. I believe the Lord is drawing people to Himself through us, and it's cool to see that already. I think even those that are at first suspicious, sarcastic, and just want free coffee, may begin to find themselves drawn aswell.
Thank you so much for praying for me. I cannot emphasize enough how much of an effect your prayers are having. Please continue to pray for our body here; that we would continually love one another and dwell together in unity. Please pray especially for the outreaches on campus. I really believe that the Lord is blessing and moving in the midst of our corporate work.
I have to get ready to leave for a short trip to Macedonia now (pray for that aswell). I'm looking forward to fellowshipping with our sister church there. They are a lot of fun! We hope to return around mid-day Friday.
I intend to take photos of the university campus when I return so that you have an idea of what it looks like there.
I love you all! Skype me!