Dear Faith Friends,

The hospitality we have received on Crete has been overwhelming and touching. Cretans are a fiercely independent people, with an astonishingly ancient history.  Three continents have tried to dominate the island.  There are ruins of multiple cultures all around and built upon.

It is the faith of Jesus Christ that has eternally captured and molded the souls of the people.  The Apostle Paul established churches here and could be confident that the gospel would prosper here.

The people of Crete turned to a living God who gave life and purpose, courage and kindness.  I am grateful to have traveled through their landscape.  I like to think that the hospitality of Jesus has fostered their spirit of openness and kindness.

Blessings for the journey,
For the people of these regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead – Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.  – 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10