In June, 2010, the World Music Mission sent a short-term team to serve with World Harvest Mission at their international convention in Eretria, Greece. The journey was made difficult due to a British Airways strike. An extra flight made the journey 36 hours and nearly all of their baggage did not arrive with them. One keyboard was even destroyed in transit. What did they do? They pulled out the acoutic guitars, borrowed a hand drum and all worshipped at full volume with 300 WHM missionaries!
Remembering Greece – June 2010
By Marie-Vanel Borderon
Voices rose in praise and a sea of hands lifted up as the group of us stepped back from our microphones. I closed my eyes and listened as a joyous sound filled my ears reaching to the core of my soul. When I opened my eyes all were on their feet, hands reaching up and tears streaming down faces as the Spirit of God filled the room. This is the vision ingrained forever on my mind from our mission to Greece. This was the vision that marked our purpose and melted away all else.
When you think about going on a mission trip, you automatically know within yourself the main overall purpose is to serve, giving of your time and energy, your “all” towards meeting the needs of those you are serving. For the group of us that went to Greece, this notion was surely on our hearts as we prepared to lead the worship time for the Missionaries from World Harvest Mission. Little did we know what was in store.
The Missionaries, church planters, were stationed in many different places, from Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Chile, England, Spain, Romania, India…, and the list goes on! They came to Greece to gather for a time of refreshing and equipping before returning to their respective places. There were workshops, great sermons preached, times of corporate prayer, and, yes, great food with rest in the sun and waters of the village where we stayed. The children of the Missionaries also had their own time of refreshing with a special team loving on them daily.
Meeting and spending time with the Missionaries was one of the highlight of my time there. I learned much being among them. Our team went with the thought of blessing the Missionaries in song and deed but ended up being greatly blessed by them. You see, we faced some challenges that week. The initial plan of 4 planes and over 36 hours of travel time was riddled with complications every step of the way. Then to arrive at our destination and discover luggage and musical equipment had been lost, dashed our spirits. We were tired, jetlagged, frustrated, but even more determined to figure a way to carry on. Calls were made to find our things, substitutions were used in the meantime, and our team banded together in song and prayer. The Missionaries blessed us praying over us, offering us clothes, and checking on our needs daily. There were many “thank yous” and hugs that were lifted up between us as we worshiped, prayed, and had communion together. The Missionaries had a talent show night that offered amazing performances from the children to the adults. By the end of the week our missed items were recovered, and we said our tearful goodbyes as we parted. All in all a blessed time!
I realized later our Worship Team had wondered at the start of the trip what it would be like to be as the Missionaries out on the field for long periods, sometimes with little supplies or clothes, and having to deal daily with frustrations occurring while serving in the community God placed them. God gave us a gift that week giving us a glimmer of what they face and then having them in turn shower blessings on us. It was a bit difficult lesson at the time for our Worship Team… for me!
And then……Voices rose in praise and a sea of hands lifted up as the group of us stepped back from our microphones. I closed my eyes and listened as a joyous sound filled my ears reaching to the core of my soul. When I opened my eyes all were on their feet, hands reaching up and tears streaming down faces as the Spirit of God filled the room.