I just returned from a short term mission trip to Athens, Greece to visit the work of Tim and Donna Sirinides. I traveled with the Rev. Dr. Rich Craven from Cornerstone Church of Skippack. It was an amazing time.
Tim and Donna minister with International Teams, which serves the refugee community worldwide. One highlight of the trip was having lunch with a man we’ll call Joseph. He’s from Afghanistan and has been a refugee for the past 20 years in several southern Asian countries.
A few years ago, Joseph had a business selling spare automobile parts. The Taliban thought he was making too much money, so they came and burned his business to the ground. Now he and his four children are in Greece, trying to survive.
Tim and I shared the love of Christ with him. Joseph also heard a message in his native Farsi language about Jesus. We were grateful that he was receptive, acknowledging Christ’s love for him.
After experiencing this, I can’t help but to think of how blessed I am. I heard a statement once that said if you have clothes on your back, a bed to sleep in, food on your table and spare change in your pocket, you are among the world’s richest people. Moreover, if you know Jesus Christ, you are the richest of all.
1 Corinthians 1:27: “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things- and the things that are not- to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.”