Greece Mission Trip A Great Service Opportunity

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Greece Mission Trip A Great Service Opportunity

Grant Campbell, Staf writer

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The Greece Mission Trip that GAC provides has been a favorite by all who have attended. The team takes the long flight from Atlanta to Athens, Greece, usually with a connecting flight in between. Once they arrive and get settled in and become familiar with the city, the students and teachers on the team begin to do Gods work.

This year, a large number of students were blessed with the opportunity to go on the Greece mission trip. After they arrived, they got to talk a walk in the city and to indulge in some Greek crepes, which they did more than once. The next day they were able to visit the Acropolis Museum in Athens to see tons of ancient artifacts and to learn the history of the city, and then they got to go up on the acropolis and to see the Parthenon temple. Later on the trip they took the drive to Corinth, where they were able to hike the Acrocorinth and to explore the area.

While this trip is a great experience as a tourist, that is not what the team went to Greece to do. Most of trip consisted of serving others. They went many times to a place called Hellenic Ministries, which is a place where refugees are able to get food and learn about Jesus. Our students were able to help at the ministry by doing lots of cleaning, cooking, and several other chores that the ministry requested of them. They did other service by sorting through tons of clothes and dividing them so that they can be distributed to refugees in need that are housed in Greece. All this hard work surely helped everyone to know that they are ding it for the glory of God. Teacher and chaperone Dusty Rush said, “This trip was so great and it is so good to see what our students can accomplish to help others.”

The other component of serving in this trip involved connection with refugees. The team met so many refugees that they were able to converse with. After the first step of getting a conversation started, the students are often in a deep talk with them and are blessed to hear their stories. These conversations often end with a prayer and a hug. Some of these talks can lead to long lasting relationships, where students stay in touch with friends they met and continue to talk until they get the opportunity to see them again the next year. Senior Scott Thomas, who attended this trip multiple times, said, ”It was so awesome to see all my friends again such as Amal and all the others.”

This trip is a wonderful opportunity for students to broaden their worldview. They get to meet and learn about people from very different cultures and backgrounds. They get to humble themselves in the eyes of the Lord as they serve others. Lastly, they get to see a new part of the world and participate in a trip that they will surely never forget. This trip is highly recommended for anyone looking to go on a trip in the future.

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