A Student's Reflections on Mission Trip to Greece

Recently, students from Brown and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) spent their spring break on a missions trip in Greece. Elsa is RISD Class of 2016 and these are her reflections from that trip:

"The missions trip to Athens, Greece was my first missions trip and it was unlike anything I have ever experienced. Going to Greece I had no expectations or prior experience. Throughout the week we were scrubbing up toilets, sweeping, mopping up the new evangelical church they were building there and hoping to open the Sunday after we left. Some of us also got the chance to serve food to refugees, which sadly I was not part of. The purpose of the trip was a "Visions Missions" trip. It was meant for us to see how full-time missionaries lived.

"The most impactful part of the trip was at night when the team would gather on the roof top to pray and to discuss how each day went for everyone (because most of the time the group got split up). Leaders of RUF, people who seemed so strong in their faith shared about their weaknesses and struggles. We all went on the trip hoping to get closer to God, but a lot of the group was dealing with weakness and doubt. Everyone was so honest, which made it easier for me to be honest.

"It's not easy to be a Christian, It's not easy to hear people doubt, to see suffering, or to have emotional pain. God really revealed to me that my campus and the U.S. may be even more spiritually sick than Greece. I met refugees who converted to Christianity within weeks and risked their lives every Sunday just to go to church, while I used to find myself making excuses not to go and taking church for granted. It made me feel selfish in a way and I noticed how much I belittled God in my life. At home it's so easy to hide, while the refugees are faced with their fears everyday.

"I am so grateful I got to go to Greece. Athens remains in my prayers. I am really inspired to make my life a constant mission, by living and breathing the Word of God through whatever paths He may take me."

Eddie Park, Campus Minister at Brown/RISD
April 15, 2013
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