Dear Friends and Family,
With excitement and humility I write to you concerning my summer mission trip back to Athens, Greece.
I previously interned with Helping Hands/Athens Refugee Center, working with Afghan and Iranian women and children—teaching Bible and English lessons, leading activities, and assisting with relief measures such as meals, showers, and clothing donations. The center had said good-bye to their Children’s Ministry Director one day before my friend, Charissa, and I arrived. We were able to offer our assistance in planning lessons and administrating the weekly tasks for this rather large portion of the center.
Keeping in contact with the members of the team, I have learned that the already under-staffed team has recently lost a few more members due to visa issues and an ailing mother in the missionary’s home country. However, the number of refugees in Athens has continued to grow. The team is feeling stretched and burned-out. Since I have a few weeks this summer before I begin work with the Episcopal Service Corp, I am willing and hopeful to return to Athens—to offer help in the day-to-day activities, and bring joy and rest to the team members. Already familiar with the center, I believe God has called me again to assist in his mission there, even for this short time from May 28 to June 27. Lastly, the center does not have a replacement for their children’s ministry director and I would be able to serve within this portion of the ministry again.
I am writing to you first and foremost to ask for prayers – for me, and for the trip, but mainly for the ministry and the refugees. May God grant them strength and peace in this time where extra help is limited. Second, if God so leads you would you consider contributing financially to this trip? The total cost is $3,200. Anything donated above this amount will be left with Helping Hands. Your generosity is a blessing to many people, and I thank you in advance!
Donations may be sent to Internationals Teams Attn: Receipting Dept. 411 W River Rd Elgin IL 60123 or online at www.iteams.us/give. Please remember to include Lindsey Boulais in order for it to be deposited in the correct account.
Thank you for all your support and encouragement. May God bless you!