Wednesday, April 16, 2008
CLASSES/CONFERENCE AT PORTA
On Friday and Saturday evenings, Arville & I had the privilege of getting to know some of the people who come to PORTA regularly. What amazing folks these are !! Thank you, Bob & Janice, for giving us the opportunity to get a feel for what you do in Athens. We are so glad you are on our team and thankful for all the work you do "at & through" PORTA ministry.
On Friday night, Bob & Arville took the guys to go play pool --- oh, yeah ! -- that truly is a ministry. HA! Seriously, it was a great way for Arville to get to know them better before he met (seriously) with them the next night. On Saturday evening, Arville talked with them for about 2 hours on the topics of reconciliation and peacemaking. He was glad that what he had been doing in Macedonia for the last few years translated well into the situation between Albanian & Greek realtionships, too.
In the meantime, I taught quilting classes to 2 groups of women. I say 2 groups because I had many new faces the second night and some of the first ones could not return on Saturday night. I had a BLAST!!
I am not sure how much quilting was learned -- but I enjoyed every minute of it. It reminded me of the days in Albania when I taught a class of young girls to quilt.
I think that Janice and I were both surprised at how interested several of the young women were to continue quilting. One young lady in particular was very intent on finishing her sample and going on to bigger projects !!
Afterwards, we had a wonderful time of fellowship over meals together. Here are pictures from the meal times, too.