A NEW FAMILY ARRIVES

  On day six of my time in Katerini, I had the opportunity to visit a refugee camp without feeling like a voluntourist who gawks at all the people like animals in a… Continue reading

I AM HOPEFUL AND CALM

  My fifth day in Katerini started off with a brief team meeting at the church where the needs of a new family were being assessed. A mother with her four children would… Continue reading

STRIKING SONGS AND STORIES

  Day four in Katerini started as many of my days here have: with conversations with the church team at their offices. I began by speaking with Zoey and going over client profiles… Continue reading

A JOURNEY OF REUNIFICATION

  I promised you a story yesterday, one going into a bit more detail about a couple that I visited the UNHCR Thessaloniki offices (pictured above) with – well, here you go. The… Continue reading

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS IN KATERINI

  Day three in Katerini was primarily structured around a trip to Thessaloniki to the UNHCR office that I will post more about, in detail, later. Dimitrios drove a Syrian couple there for… Continue reading

MY FIRST DAY ON THE GROUND

  After our late night, Alexandra (my contact person here in Greece) was nice enough to let me sleep in a bit before having me head into the office. I woke up around… Continue reading

STARTING OFF WITH A PARTY

  My first night in Greece was everything I could have wanted. My flight got in around 9:30pm and I was picked up at the airport by two of the team members that… Continue reading

THE RETURN

  After almost four years, I finally returned to Greece to spend a week in Katerini (in northern Greece, about an hours drive from Thessaloniki) for a week volunteering with the Evangelical Church in… Continue reading

LEARNING ENGLISH AND SO MUCH MORE

  As soon as I heard about the weeklong English camp that St. Columba’s Scottish Mission (my home church here in Budapest) puts on every summer, I knew I had to be a… Continue reading

FINDING SAFE PASSAGE

  Here’s a recent article that I wrote about the fantastic Refugee Ministry that I work with in Budapest. Part of my job as an English communications associate for the Reformed Church in Hungary is writing English articles about various things… Continue reading