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Forgive to Live:
Updates from the Greece REACH team

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By Erica*

There is one story that I would love to share because it is very encouraging to me and the team! This is how it happened:

Here in Greece we are able to do some outreaches in the center of the city. Basically, we try to go out and meet new people and hope to share Jesus with them. In order to draw their attention, we need to come up with some creative things to do out in the heart of the city. So while a YWAM team was here we decided to do a “forgiveness outreach.” We made our way into the city with paper, pens, a trashcan, and poster boards that said "Forgive to Live." During this time we met a young guy and explained what we were doing that night and asked if he needed to forgive anyone. We told him all he needed to do is write down a name or anything he wanted on the paper and then rip it up and throw it away. He wasn't interested in doing this at the moment but was very interested in practicing some conversational English with us and wanted to meet for coffee to talk and work on his English. "A lot of times we don't see the fruit of our seeds, but this time God blessed us all with showing us that he was at work!"We exchanged numbers and agreed to get in touch to set a date, but because of traveling and busy schedules we weren't able to meet for about two weeks. When we finally met, during one of our conversations, he explained to us that he had just forgiven the person he needed to forgive the day before! It was so encouraging to hear that he was able to let go of what had happened between him and the other person! A lot of times we don't see the fruit of our seeds, but this time God blessed us all with showing us that he was at work!

And from my teammate, Josh*…
One of my favorite things that I have seen happen so far in our time in Greece is how one of our friends, Alex, has changed. When we got here he wasn't very open about his faith but now he is bolder about sharing his faith with people. He has also been a great friend to me since I've been here. I have really enjoyed getting to know him and I have enjoyed seeing him grow.

*Last names omitted for security reasons.