Update – June 2011

After 6 weeks afloat we’re into the final week of  our Impact Training Spring course.  12 students, forming new friendships, growing together into a community of people with one main desire, to know God better and understand how He may use them to express His love in a needy world.

Spring 2011 students

Strangely, even in this unique somewhat removed environment, far from the influences of the world as we sail often into remote regions of the Aegean sea, distractions were often felt.  It seems our hearts are not at peace, even from a distance we want somehow to take care of things going on far away.  It seems to me that somehow this was rather characteristic of our group.  And yet the desire to learn and grow never diminished.  Within this conflict, people were being transformed as the Holy Spirit had His way in our community.

12 young people will soon be telling the story of what God has done and by His strength will go on to realize more of what He has purposed to do.  It’s a thrilling experience to anticipate the activity of God.

Meanwhile the building project on Skopelos has been underway.  On route to Philippi in northern Greece  with our students we stopped by to have a look.  The basement had been poured (concrete) and just today our engineer sent pictures revealing the completed concrete work ie right up until roof level.  In the next weeks the walls will be filled in and the roof built to cap it off.  Then we’ll be ready for teams to begin working on the inside!

cement work till roof level

Stefan and Tanja (from Germany) will arrive in the last week of June to oversee the following stages of development and also to see how they may fit into life at Skopelos and hence become an addition to our team there.