Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Before meetings on the Saturday Elder Kennedy kindly took us on a tour of the old city. We stopped at the Freedom Memorial and a small olive grove. It was by the olive grove that almost 20 years ago Joseph B Wirthlin dedicated Cyprus for the preaching of the Gospel.
Elder Kerr, Area Authority Seventy presided over the District Conference . It was a weekend of great teaching and testimonies. President Charles and I felt it such a privilege to spend time with Elder Kerr. He was powerful and bold and funny and faithful, everyone loved every minute of the weekend.
It just seems to get harder as we say goodbye to those whom we have come to love. Our hearts reach out after them as they walk away,yet they will always be with us. And when we think about them, a smile will enter our hearts.
Travelled back to Athens with the Assistants. It was a wonderful journey, and President Charles who was dreading the long drive found it passed with relative ease. The Assistants were so good they kept us involved with questions and role plays and discussions. The lady in the picture was the cook at a little cafe we stopped at en route. She thought we were a family and seemed to enjoy our company. At the end of the meal we couldn't pay because she didn't know the prices. This became quite a long drawn out affair of trying to ring her boss. She plied us with another salad to pass the time and on and on it went. Finally we got to pay and began our journey again.
Saw this plaque on the wall leading up to one of the monasteries. Have to tell you that God lives and loves us all. The missionaries are His great miracles. How blessed we are to serve with such great ones. Thank you parents for raising such mighty servants of the Lord.
The sandstone peaks were first inhabited by Byzantine hermits in the 11th. century, who clambered up the rocks to be alone with God. The present monasteries were built in the 14th. and 15th. century. There were 24 monasteries by 1500, but only 6 survive today.
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Elder Woodger and Elder Cook overwhelmed us with their confidence in speaking the Greek language. They prayed, read and bore testimony in Greek. They have wonderful accents, and powerful spirits. They also began contacting people as they made their way down the hill.What a tremendous beginning.
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
It is always so wonderful to meet missionaries arriving in Athens. This time was no exception. We gazed at the crowds milling around looking for those dear ones who bear the name of our Saviour.
And then they came, Elder Woodger and Elder Cook bearing His name on their badges and shining so brightly.