The Spencer Family
A little bit from their March update-
"Our family is settling into our flat really well. It really does feel like home. As you can imagine, it is has been such a blessing for us to have our own place again after such a long time of feeling like nomads, traveling around. We didn’t realize how long it’s been until we had a hard time convincing the girls that this really is home, and that they really have their own room. Our first priority was to get their room settled before anything else, and it is nearly complete. The only thing missing is a mattress for the top bunk, so right now they are sleeping on the bottom together. A quick side note: I never realized that bunk beds contain so many pieces. Ksena even got a play kitchen for her birthday last week.
We are finally starting to get our bearings as to where we are in this big city. We are only about a 30 minute walk away from the beach, or a 5 minute bus ride. One Sunday we even got to visit the Acropolis after church. There is a very interesting distinction between the Acropolis, originally a place to worship pagan gods, and Mars Hill which is right next to it, where the apostle Paul preached the gospel to the Gentiles. Again, it is so surreal to be living here. “Oh yeah, today we went to the Acropolis, it’s four metro stops from our neighborhood.”
It feels so good to be in God’s will, knowing that He has called us here to Greece, a beautiful country, but also a place where there are so many people who need to hear about His love for them."
"Well, another month has passed and a lot has been going on. We had our first official bible study, and also our first round of spiritual warfare against the team. But we are still encouraged to be here. God has brought even more people into our lives, and we feel like He is definitely using our team here.
The Evangelical Christians in Athens got together in Omonia Square to pray for the nation of Greece.
We have also been able to be involved in a young people’s group (people in their 30′s and 40′s) at Sevi and Gianni’s church. Earlier this month we were able to share, along with Frank and Suzie, how God called us to Greece and what we are doing here. (Frank and Suzie are the other couple on the team..I will be featuring them next week on the blog)The response was extremely encouraging! The group even asked questions specifically about missions and we were able to share with them that every Christian is called to participate in missions, not just giant American churches (their words).
Sevi, Baby Melissa, Cindy, and Jessica at the young people's meeting.
The bible study is going well, ministering to a few nationals that speak English along with another missionary couple that is serving here in Athens working with refugees. Frank is teaching through Joshua, and so far Kristin is still leading worship in English. We are praying in God’s timing that He would bring a translator, but for now we are ministering to the people He has brought to the study. We were honestly not expecting to get started so soon, but we have not had any down time so far. The Lord is keeping us busy.
Last week Kristin ran into Anastasia again at the Alpha Beta, and talked with her for a bit while checking out. She remembered her and the girls in the big red stroller. She is still baffled why we want to live here when we could live in Southern California. Hopefully this repeated question would lead into us being able to share the gospel with her.
We have to apply now Ksena to go to preschool next September. Yikes, I can’t believe she is already 4 years old, it seems like just yesterday she was toddling around! We still have to find out if she will be able to attend public preschool, and we heard it fills up quick so we have to apply sometime in May or June. If she is not given a spot we will have to consider putting her in private preschool which starts at 150 euros a month. That is a huge expense for us that we are not prepared for yet. The reason we want her to go to preschool with other Greek kids is to learn Greek. We are planning on sending her to public school the following year, and if she does not know Greek at that point she will be behind. Please keep this in prayer for us, as we figure out the next step.
Last week we were able to personally experience some of the unrest that is pretty normal here in Athens. It was nothing major, but if you want to read about it, Kristin wrote a blog about it on her personal blog.
This week all of our team members have been sick, and there are many areas where we need prayer. "
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Hope you will join me in continuing to pray for this family, have a great week.