These past months, the main thrust of the work on our island property centred on developing the camping facility. The old farm house by the gate that we hoped could be renovated was not approved and instead had to be demolished. In it’s place we have setup a kitchen / dinning area under a structure called a pergola which does not need a building permit.
We also graded an area for a playing field approx. 20m by 10m and dug out 3 cesspits and repaired much of the damage caused by last Fall’s freak storm that poured down a whole year’s worth of rain in a couple of hours.
Till this day the island is still being repaired from the damage caused especially to roads. Some 80 cars where picked up by the flood water and dumped into the sea.
By the end of March the focus turned to preparations for the sailing ship Encounter. This Spring we were due to be hauled out (done every two years) to paint anti-foul on the hull and tackle other maintenance work. A small team of 4 volunteers joined us for a week at the shipyard.
Then on the 20th April, our first students for 2016 came aboard, keen to learn, excited for this unique opportunity to explore Greece, see the places Paul visited and explore the word of God in a small community. We are into week 2, with Mark Thomas (director of Capernwray Hall in the UK) teaching on the epistle to the Corinthians, as I write, and will at the end of this week travel out to see Ancient Corinth close up.
We started however at Volos, where we visit the local evangelical church there. We’ve been able to share with them in a small way to help with the work they have been involved with at a small town called Karditsa among a Roma (Gypsie) community.
This Winter church services there came to a halt as they had no sheltered area where they could meet. So we helped with a simple building project where church services can now take place year round.
This people group (the Roma) are one of the least reached people, with the gospel of Christ. In the last few years there have been some remarkable openings for the gospel among them.
Workers are needed to help! These people are hardly educated, never have gone to school. Have many health issues, largely due to poor hygiene. Have large families that usually beg on the streets and are known to steel and be involved with drug peddling among other illegal kinds of activities. Please pray for workers that would involve themselves on a long term basis.