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The Boats of Lesvos

By November 30, 2015Articles

The Boats of Lesvos

By Debbie Rodriguez, CRI Team Leader Greece

Refugees approach and depart the shores of Lesvos, Greece by boat. As they arrive in search of shelter, food and basic living essentials, our hope and prayer is that during their time with us on this island we can show them something of God’s love that will become a burning ember in their heart, that others can breathe upon while these travelers are on their journey. Our prayer at CRI is that they will feel a burning desire to seek out that which makes us different. That our love would be a tangible demonstration of the goodness of God.

He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.  And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. Deuteronomy 10:18-19

For some, it is happening in their first moments with us. For others, you may be the one encounter or your neighbor, which will tip the ember from glow to flame.

Lesvos, Greece Deployment

An inflatable boat that our team welcomed from the Lighthouse on Wednesday, 11/25/15 and then helped to our bus station/camp at Sikkeminea.


A ferry for Athens leaving Mytilene on Friday with refugees. This is their only way off the island.



Boats are abandoned and may have salvaged at some point. Wood is a good commodity here so this may have some value.

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