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Author:  Adrian [ Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:19 am ]
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On Saturday I walked the 34 miles to Philipi. On Sunday I was to meet friends coming from the church the we had worked at when we lived in Thessalonika. They had 8 converts to baptize and as it is the spot where St Paul baptized his first converts in is nice place for us as well.

The area is now called Lydia after Paul's first convert in Philipi.

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In Greece there is only baptism by immersion of course.

The chap in the white T-shirt is the pastor and the bloke with the shades is an American missionary.

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Where there are Filipinos there is food and hospitality.


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The church group at the Lydia baptistry. The building behind is an Orthodox church which had many baptism sevices that day as well.

Author:  Jim Wright [ Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:59 am ]
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34 mile walk???? ..... nice way to stretch your legs! :D

Unfortunately ....most baptisims around here are children ....(which is great for the kids ... not taking away there) but it is fairly rare for an adult to make the decision.

OUr town of 800+ has 4 different denominational churches ....and us .... one Afro-American and one Hispanic. We also have a very large population of unchurched people in our area. The 800 is a little deceptive as that is the city population and most live outside the city limits.

It has been said that in many American churches (probably other countries as well) .... people go to church expecting nothing to happen and are seldom disappointed! (That is not meant as a slam on anyone church .... just a saying I have heard for many ... many years)

Author:  Adrian [ Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:13 am ]
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Jim Wright wrote:
It has been said that in many American churches (probably other countries as well) .... people go to church expecting nothing to happen and are seldom disappointed! (That is not meant as a slam on anyone church .... just a saying I have heard for many ... many years)


I think you have hit a very important nail right on the head - EXPECTANCY. I think it makes a world of difference to a person's experience of church if they go with a sense of excitement and expectancy that the living and active God actually wants to meet with THEM.

Author:  Kathy [ Tue Jun 19, 2007 7:48 am ]
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I love when you share with us Adrian. These are great pictures. I couldn't make it 3 or 4 miles let alone 34 miles!!! :shock:

Kathy :)

Author:  Randy [ Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:01 pm ]
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awesome! love the stories and pictures!!

Author:  fancypiper [in Heaven] [ Sun Dec 30, 2007 10:51 pm ]
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It's awesome to be able to walk that far and be on such historic ground as well.

Congrads on a great experience and thanks for the pix.

Author:  Adrian [ Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:44 am ]
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fancypiper wrote:
It's awesome to be able to walk that far and be on such historic ground as well.

Congrads on a great experience and thanks for the pix.


Thank you. I used to give US army tours of the area. This was a privilege as I had to read lots of books and visit museum and so learnt much about the area. If you ever make it to Greece we'll give you a tour as well. Meanwhile, hope the pictures will give you a taste. Happy New Year Fancypiper!

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