Friday, January 13, 2017

December 2016

Our first holiday season in Greece!  We enjoyed seeing many stores and businesses decorated, and continued our humanitarian efforts, including delivering hygiene supplies, receiving training from our Area Welfare Manager, meeting new NGO partners, sharing art activities and providing a little holiday cheer.  We celebrated Christmas with our mission family and our very own daughter, Meredith!  We kept the missionaries safe and happy on New Year's Eve, and worked on some projects intended to bring services to refugees in 2017, including sorting tons of winter supplies stuck in warehouses, services to women and children in "child-friendly and female-friendly spaces" and more….

Unloading supplies at Ritsona Camp

Missionaries carolling at Syntagma Square.  

Mandala-style art by camp resident at Oinofyta
Even the youngest like to participate
Brent distributing art supplies for a fun distraction at Oinofyta Camp

Residents send a message:  they only want peace.

Some of our favourite new friends at the church Christmas party.

Best Christmas present:  Meredith arriving!!

Meredith helps prepare gifts for NGO volunteers
Holiday celebration at FFS in one of the camps

LDSC provided new fleece jackets at Ritsona

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve at the mission home

Christmas morning at the top of Athens (Lycabettus Hill)

Boxing Day trip to Nafplio

Beach at Nafplio

Meredith says goodbye from Mars Hill

Happy New Year!

Party with the missionaries:  good times, home by 9!


  1. i love all these pictures! especially Meredith! so awesome she was there! btw this is Connie don't know how to get Shailie off of this!

  2. Elder and Sister Hawkins!! Good to hear about some of your adventures! What a wonderful treat to have your daughter come and visit for the holidays:) You both look great! Looks like you are doing much good for the camps there in Greece. Keep up the good work!
    Love, Elder and Sister Phelps