Along the Aegean – Sunday

We awoke this morning and discovered the landscape that had been hidden when we arrived by the cover of night: the horizon sculpted by shrub-dotted mountains, ascending olive groves growing out of fields of yellow wildflowers. The air is warm, crisp, and smells like peppered olive oil. After the stale air and cramped seats during our flights and bus rides, this morning felt like heaven.


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Taking off!

The Athens 2017 team has gathered from all corners of campus and are en route to the Chicago airport. As we finally focus on the trip ahead of us, and wave good many of our group are sobered at the responsibilities we’ve been given.

The bus waits in front of the Taylor sign at the Campus Center.

The bus prepares to depart from in front of the LaRita Boren Campus Center.

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Meet the Greece Team!


5th row (L – R): Dr. JoAnn Rediger, Bradley Jensen, Sean Sele, Jeff Grogan

4th row (L – R): Ross DeLong, Howard Lee

3rd row (L – R): Mark Vanest, Paige Kennedy, Jamie Bell

2nd row (L – R): Edric Yu, Grace Bolinger, Claire Heyen, Meghan Gamble, Alexis Turner

1st row (L – R): Alexis Colon, Evan Shaw, Diana Romeos

Not pictured:
Elizabeth Hammond
Benj Morris
Prof. Tracy Manning
Dr. Renae Timbie
Dr. Michael Hammond
Dr. Wes Rediger

Prayer Requests:

  • That we seek God first in all that we do and glorify him rather than glorifying ourselves while in Greece.
  • That the two groups can work together for the Lord and not be brought down by any egos or selfish desires.
  • That we are intentional in how we behave and sensitive to cultural differences.

Team Verse: Psalm 107: 1-3

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
    whom he has redeemed from trouble
    and gathered in from the lands,
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.

The team is partnering with AMG, International-Logos Music,