June 13, 2013

The Opposite Side of the World

Buna ziua! (Good day! in Romanian)

Well, here we are - updating the blog from Athens, Greece! We have been pretty much constantly on the go since we arrived in Bucharest on Sunday, so I'll try to do a quick but thorough review here from the past few days!

Saturday 6/8-
- Left Chicago, IL at 5:30pm

Sunday 6/9-
- Transferred planes in Warsaw, Poland
- Arrived in Bucharest, Romania at 2:30pm
(13 hour time difference from Hawaii and a 8 hour time difference from Chicago)
- Met David's parents, Tom & Gela, and his two sisters, Jess & Hannah!

At the airport: RM & David, Hannah, Jessica, and Gela Graef

With Gela & Tom Graef!

Monday 6/10-

- Helped the Graefs pack up their apartment in Bucharest. After four years in Romania, this summer they are returning to the states for furlough. We arrived just in time to help them pack up and move from their home of four years and into the ABWE Romania Team apartment where it will stay until they return from their year in the states.
- Packed up for two weeks in Greece.
- Had an encouraging evening and dinner with Andreea, Mihai, Marina, & Amelia - friends from the Graef's church, Alpha Omega, in Romania.

Tuesday 6/11-
- Packed up the van and the 6 of us began our 2-day roadtrip to Greece! We drove through Bulgaria and then into Thessaloniki, Greece.

Customs in Bulgaria - check out that lettering!

Wednesday 6/12-
Resumed our journey to Athens and arrived at about 5pm.

We stopped and hiked up an old monastery
that looked like a castle on our way to Athens

View from the monastery

The Coast

The Fam <3 

I found this little turtle (named him Clark) while we were
at the castle! I wished I could take him home!
And that brings us pretty much up to date! Today we are just getting settled in our two apartments before the planning, scheduling, and organizing begins!

Thank you for the prayers - our flights went smoothly and we were able to drive for hours through both storms and sunshine. The driving here is kind of crazy, so I'm sure the prayers helped a lot! Apparently 2 lanes on the road equals 3 lanes in Eastern Europe! haha ;) Jet lag has not been too unbearable, although we have definitely felt it! We've been waking up at 5 or 6am every morning rearing to go!

Prayer Requests:
  • You can keep the campers in prayer that we will be serving here in Greece next week. It is a junior camp, so that means the kids will be around ages 8-12 years old, and the last count we received was about 60! That's 60 lives that can be impacted by Christ! Greece is an unreached people group, which means that less than 2% even claim to have any sort of evangelistic faith. Needless to say, the chances of many of these kids ever even hearing about Christ is minute. We are praying that God uses us and this camp to reach many souls - children and parents alike.
  • I (Randie Megan) hurt my wrist somehow while helping move the Graefs out of their apartment. Yesterday we got a wrist brace for it, and today it feels much better, but please pray that it would heal thoroughly before we really get involved in the summer ministries and activities that we have planned.

I'm not sure when we'll have time to update again because when we begin camp we won't have internet anymore, but in the meantime we really want to thank you for the prayers and love that you've all shown us! We appreciate each and every one of you, and are happy to keep this blog updated as a small effort of giving back to you.

With Love,
David & Randie Megan

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