Our second day in Athens we started with a visit to a local coffee shop and bakery for breakfast and making friends with the shop owners. We then proceeded to a nearby police station to report the theft of Steve’s cell phone, followed by a visit to a phone store before making our way to the Acropoli. As followers of Christ, it was exciting for us to visit Mars Hill and the Marketplace where the apostle Paul shared Christ with the Greeks 2000 years ago. We spent a couple hours walking around the Parthenon and visiting a museum with antiquities. We then had a wonderful lunch next to the Acropoli. We then rested a bit in the afternoon and later met up with Bethel missionaries, Brad and Jamie Newport, and treated them for dinner and a blessed evening of fellowship. Walking around Athens at night is like walking on Disneyland’s Main street in the summertime. The streets are lit and lined with restaurants, the weather is perfect, and people everywhere seemed happy and enjoying the moment. We walked just over 9 miles on our second day.
On our third day, after finishing breakfast, we walked over to Hellenic Ministries and helped the ministry team set the tables and serve lunch as the gospel was shared by Auchmaud. Auchmaud is a Syrian who had converted from Islam to Christianity. There were 350 to 400 Middle-easterners in attendance for lunch from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, and Afghanistan, with some just having entered Greece days before. One Afghani family with two little girls had just entered Greece and were so thankful we were able to offer them a camping tent to give them shelter and a home. This was quite humbling for our team to witness. After lunch and clean-up, our Bethel Missions team, led by Bethel missionary Brad Newport, walked up the highest hill in Athens praying for the city as we climbed. The hill is called Lykavittos Hill and a small Greek Orthodox Church building sits on top. We descended the hill and headed back to our Air B&B, stopping at Greece’s parliament building and watching the changing of the guard along the way. We went out for another wonderful Greek dinner and by the time we returned to our Air B&B we had walked 10.5 miles on day 3 alone. -Steve Reason