Thursday, April 15, 2010

Macedonia YL Service Project

I just returned from a great week in Struga, Macedonia with Young Life International's Service Project. During the week 200 kids from all over Europe converge to bulid playgrounds for 5 poor villages in the area. Here are some of the pictures from our trip.

Toilet in the two classroom school house

Heat for one of the classrooms

The Outside of the school the first day we arrived...and the progess that followed

The locals brought us tons of apples to help fuel the effort

I am pretty sure this is Krue Brock's long lost brother from Macedonia...

The students from the school

Our work team

The Town of Struga

Nice rip off of Burger King, including Hardee's Paris Hilton ad!

Our group from Madrid and Brussels

Guys Cabin

Richard and Todd (Camp Speaker) after say so

Me and Richard

Great suprise to have Tim and Drew Teague as program for the week. Made me feel like I was at home in East TN!

La Manga with the Watts

We shared a great Semana Santa (Spring Break) with the our dear friends the Watts in a place called La Manga. It seemed like it was straight off of Route 66!

Mae Mae's 8th Birthday!

Happy 8th, Mae Mae!

The first to have a second birthday in Spain!

Liza's First Lost Tooth!

Liza lost her first tooth! Here in Spain, the tooth fairy does not come but instead the children are visited by Raton Parez. Enjoy!

Our Little Raton!


The beginning of May I had the incredible honor and privilege of traveling with my pastor and his father to Tangiers, Morrocco. We went to deliver money raised by our church and to encourage our brothers and sisters in Jesus in the work they are doing there of loving their Muslim neighbors. Little did we know when we arrived, that Morocco-- only an hour flight from Madrid-- was in the middle of deporting Christians and closing down orphanages. Here is a link to a Time article on the events that occured,8599,1973739,00.html?xid=rss-topstories-pola. We were in the midst of all of the action, so to speak, and were on holy ground as folks were being persecuted for their fatih. I really felt like we had stepped back several hundred years into this Muslim State. It gave me a sense of what it must have been like in New Testament times when Christians were essentially in hiding, scared for their lives and safety. It was an experiece I will treasure, and it has moved me more into a mindset of prayer and petition for those working in these places.

Clyde and Naomi
American couple who have been living in Morocco for over 20 years loving and supporting Moroccan Christians

Me, Richard, and Ian in our bedroom

The Pheonician Tombs overlooking the Gibralter Straights

Spain in the background

The Markets were quite an experience

The Couscous was amazing!

The House where we stayed--beautiful tile work...