THE POWER OF A PARK BENCH

  written february 23rd today began with a full shift in the nursery and when dia and i arrived at the building to meet the teacher we learned that the two syrian women… Continue reading

THE DAY I CRIED TWICE DURING LANGUAGE LESSONS

  written february 22nd as i left the nursery this morning and walked downstairs to attend english language lessons with the kids, one youth in particular caught my eye – a boy that… Continue reading

CONNECTIONS BEYOND LANGUAGE

  written february 22nd when i first visited the church in katerini in august 2016 to volunteer, alexandra was working with a team of five other people to do everything. now, her team… Continue reading

OUR FIRST FULL DAY

  written february 21st for our first day, dia and i woke up extra early to get our breakfast and make sure we were ready for the day – but we ended up… Continue reading

A TRUE SILENCE

  i had to interrupt the flow of my greece posts to reflect briefly on the ash wednesday service that i attended tonight at my congregation in budapest – st. columba’s church of… Continue reading

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

  written february 20th i’m so thrilled to be back in greece again, this country which has captivated me since i first visited five years ago. for this trip i’m in katerini (a… Continue reading

BREATHING AGAIN

  i was so lucky to be able to spend this past week back in katerini, greece volunteering with the evangelical church in greece there. i last visited six months ago, in august,… Continue reading

CHEERS TO 2017!

  the new year is off to a great start here in budapest, hungary. so much has already happened and i’ve got lots of exciting stuff to come – here’s a quick update… Continue reading

BUBBLES MAN

this is a letter to the man i met at bubbles, a laundromat in budapest.   dear man in the striped shirt who showed me such kindness, THANK YOU. thank you for proving… Continue reading

NEXT STEPS

  i have decided not to stay in budapest past my two-year term (which ends at the end of september 2017) and it’s one of the hardest decisions i’ve ever had to make.… Continue reading