Our team made it to the first outreach location of our 2 month outreach phase: Macedonia!
We had some travel adventures; Our Megabus broke down in the middle of the M1 in London on the way to the airport which caused us to grab our bags, jump the fence and hike to the nearest Underground. We nearly missed our flight but thankfully we all made it to Macedonia on May 3rd.
In Macedonia things like the culture, the food, the people, the weather, the atmosphere, etc. are very different than we’re used to; but in very cool ways! Our contact here has definitely been a big help in getting us plugged into the culture and community and we’ve been able to meet a lot of locals.
One of the words that was given for our team before we left was that we were meant to “be” a lot more than we were meant to “do”, and we’ve noticed how spot on that has been from the beginning. We spend a lot of time getting to know people and talking about life together. Through these friendships we are able to inspire people to ask questions, seek further and help them open up their hearts and minds to God. Because God loves them more than they could ever imagine!
Sports ministry in particular has been a great opportunity for us to get better involved with the community here. We have spent a lot of afternoons at the park, taking a basketball and football and starting up a game with local youth, the students, and even the older generations of the community. It’s also been really cool to be able to spend time with people here that don’t even speak English and we’ve made a lot of new friends that we’ve been able to re-connect and have coffee and conversations with.
One of our favorite stories from the past month is about our time spent with a people group here called the Roma gypsies. They live in a very run-down part of the city, and most of them are beggars during the day throughout the streets. The first time we visited them we brought strawberries to share and a football to play games with them. We had a great time playing with all the kids, about 30-40 of them all together. We felt like God wanted us to bring them clothes, nail polish and some bread. We spent a long time just hanging out with them; painting nails, playing games, singing songs about Jesus and His love, giving gifts and sharing bread with them. It was a great experience!
It’s crazy to think that our time in Macedonia is already coming to a close. Outreach here this far has been great, and we have had the most incredible opportunities to be a part of what God is doing here. We’ve seen some cool things happen, seen God moving in others and have experienced His love for them at the same time, and that is such a great privilege to have over our short time here. We are so grateful, and so in awe; God is good!
Anne, Becky, Christian, Daniel, Elsa, Janina, Kajsa, Robyn, Suzan.