A cold rainy day means that no one is outside of the refugee camps here on the island of Lesvos, Greece. Both parents and children hang out in their rooms as they hope that the bad weather will go away. But the weather was just an excuse that God used to invade a small room, full of people, with His presence.
Realizing the weather was poor, Amelia and I made our way to one of the rooms, with all that we had (smiles and coloring books with markers and crayons). After showing with signs and gestures that we wanted to play and paint with them, all the moms and kids in the room gathered around us placing blankets on the floor trying to make us feel comfortable and welcomed in their space. We sat down with all of them and started to interact with the kids.
With that little gesture of love, God started speaking to me:
“See? You don’t have to do a thing. You just have to speak with my language: LOVE”.
Suddenly, the atmosphere changed, Jesus took His place in that room. We couldn’t see sadness or hopelessness anymore. We could feel the joy and love all around us. After a few minutes, we received hugs and kisses, some of them even offered us hot chai and biscuits.
After an hour of laughing, coloring, playing, and hugging, we decided that it was time to go. As I was making my way out, one of the older kids approached me giving me his painting. On it,
the only word that was written in English was “love”.
Through the painting, God confirmed what He was speaking to me in that time: I don’t need to speak to show His love.
After all, it is true what they say: actions are more powerful than words.
Today I learned that it is possible to share the Gospel with just a smile.
By, Floriana Pina
Lesvos, Greece Outreach