We're really looking forward to the ride out to the country through the land of Macedonia...yes the land of Macedonia, doesn't that sound surreal when all these names of places in the Bible are mentioned as places that we are right now? :) So amazing to be here! The drive was incredible! I loved it! We stopped at a bridge to take some pictures and to take in the beautiful scenery around us. So beautiful! The mountain behind us, the sky above us, the river far below us and the trees around us following the road we just drove on over the bridge. It was all so breathtaking! It broke my heart when a beautiful dog came up to me crying non-stop. She lay on the ground and cried! I could see her teets were full and swollen so I wondered where her pups were and if she had lost them as it was obvious she hadn't fed them in a while. I found myself praying for this poor doggy, it was hard to watch her crying so, I had never heard a dog cry like that before. :(
As we continued the drive, we noticed many small shrine boxes along the highway. It was a curvy mountainous road where many accidents happen and when someone loses their life on the roadways, a type of shrine box is set up with a candle, a photo of the person, and a couple of their items to remember them by. It was interesting to see the wide variety of different boxes. We had passed a couple of places along the way where these boxes were made. In Canada, a cross with some flowers is often placed on the side of the road when someone loses their life in an accident but here in Greece, a small shrine box is used.
Before we ended at our final destination, Thessaloniki, we made two stops, one at the tombs of Philip the 2nd and Alexandria the 4th, which was quite interesting to see these massive old tombs but I'm not much of a museum person :) and we had a lovely lunch there as well. The 2nd stop was at Verea, the Biblical name is Berea, which I will talk about more below.
In Acts 17:10-15 we read of Paul in Berea:
I want to be like the Bereans, searching the Scriptures daily, being open-minded and believing, welcoming the message with eagerness. I DON'T want to be like the Jews in Thessalonica that were agitated and disturbing the people.
Finally we arrived at Thessaloniki, Greece. I've loved this whole trip but for some reason, I longed the whole time to go to Thessalonica. Perhaps it was because I'd be starting a new Bible study right there while I was on this trip. :) It was so very unique to be able to take part in a Bible study this time and begin it right where it took root! I loved doing the first 2 days of the lessons on the bus while driving here. THAT was cool and very moving! I will never forget that! How unique! It amazes me so that God would arrange the dates of this tour so that I could start a Bible study on the book of 1 & 2 Thessalonians right here while driving to Thessaloniki and then spending some time there! Wow! So amazing that He would do that for me! :) We drove to a park and walked along the waters edge when we got to the city before we went to our hotel. Again, it was so surreal to be standing in this city, and hearing more of the history of it. So cool!! Our hotel was absolutely lovely and I had a view of the sea from my balcony. What a beautiful place!
|statue of Alexander the Great|
|trying to do a selfie and got a couple of photo bombs :)|
|our hotel in Thessalonica|
|beautiful view of the sea from my hotel room balcony|
|met this handsome young man on the street in Thessalonica who gladly posed for a photo with me ♥|
such a great picture of 'Children of the Day'
|there was a protest of some kind out on the street so the police were out just in case there was a riot|
|the building where the Zoe Church meets weekly for services and different events|
|the street that Zoe Church is on|
|listening to a presentation about the A21 Campaign - great organization that rescues girls from the sex trade|
their first home opened here in Thessaloniki in 2008
|so blessed to go on a night cruise on the water in this cool old ship :)|
|blessed to meet this amazing woman who has a heart for the women on the street and works for the A21 Campaign ♥|