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Michael Long
Thessaloniki, Greece
We are ministers representing the FM World Mission in Greece with three cute and wild daughters!
Interests: beach, weblogs, cycling, skiing, coffee, novels, football (european), chat offline
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2012 begins better than past years! Our family had a great Christmas all together in Thessaloniki with our new son in law, Simon Ramsden from the great place of Garstang, UK and our future son in law from Athens, Alkaios... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2012 at Mike and Maria Long
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This year more than others, we are enjoying family with all the girls and two son-in-laws, (gambri - one new and one future and three cousins in the picture). As much as one would like to think that Christmas is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2011 at Mike and Maria Long
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Truly, we are living dramatic moments here in Greece. National leaders senselessly arguing and disagreeing while the country and the economy dissolves under our feet. It is a living tragedy and teeters very close to hopeless. Watching the statements in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2011 at Mike and Maria Long
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We have just 30 days to fix up this new location and empty completely the place that the church has been since 2006. The landlord is threatening legal actions and court suits if we do not exit by Oct 15.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at Mike and Maria Long
Thanks Bill, we wish you and your buddies could come. Next year is Kali's wedding. Something to plan for.
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On the Saturday of September 3rd as the sun sets across the Aegean Sea with Mount Olympus in the background, our oldest daughter, Gina, will marry Simon Ramsden from Garstang, UK. It will be an American-English-Greek ceremony, but our prayers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2011 at Mike and Maria Long
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In June, the landlord made it very clear his intentions about the upcoming expiration of the rental contract. "Collect your things and leave!" was his direction to the Thessaloniki Balkan Church after six years. The many police visits, the threats,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2011 at Mike and Maria Long
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"Imagine that in its worst year of our recent recession, the United States government had decided to reduce its federal budget deficit by more than $800bn – cutting spending and raising taxes . . . What do you think would... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2011 at Mike and Maria Long
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On Thursday, Maria and I made the journey to Chicago with my leg in a straight leg brace. The trip went well and we enjoyed the occasional golf cart service. Tomorrow on Friday the 13th, Kali, Pappous Theofilos and fiance... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2011 at Mike and Maria Long
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Easter is the biggest holiday of the year and the most important dinner. Everything is supersized. Lots of traditions and customs. The image here is the resurrection icon showing our risen Lord taking the captives to paradise. The highlight for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2011 at Mike and Maria Long
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Free for 30 days, Pastor Johnson is very relieved. But two weeks in jail took it's toll on his health. He still has not recovered completely and made it to church. Maria has been after the lawyer about his case.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2011 at Mike and Maria Long
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Pastor Johnson Otamere from Nigeria has been part of the Thessaloniki Balkan Church Anagenesis for two years. He and his wife, Favour, are leaders of the growing number of Africans joining the local Church family. In Greece, a large number... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2011 at Mike and Maria Long
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Scripture says "Do not forget hospitality" in Heb 13:2. Over the month of March, we are expecting over 40 guests, teams, visitors, and even a new baby. Not that they will be staying at Maria's B&B, but we have beds... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at Mike and Maria Long
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As the Greeks say when entering a new place ... it began with the right foot. The family all together going forward entered into the new year and new decade. So much promise is before us. Meetings with churches, pastors,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Mike and Maria Long
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After a wonderful Thanksgiving with family in Indiana (our first Thanksgiving since 1996), we have been ministering in churches and enjoying the connections with old friends. Yesterday, we drove about 8 hours some 500 miles in snow to two churches... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at Mike and Maria Long
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After two weeks, we have fully recovered from the amazing trip to the 7 cities of Revelations in Turkey. The sites inspired deeper understanding of end times prophecy. The roads were long and rough. The group was fun and adventuresome.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2010 at Mike and Maria Long
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For contributions click on: Greece Biblical Bike Tour Ministry Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2010 at Mike and Maria Long
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For the first time, FM mission hosted women conferences in Thessaloniki, and in three different cities in Bulgaria. Pastor LaWanda Bullock from WMI lead the ministry and caused many smiles. Dawn Hallstein from IHOP complimented and inspired prayer and healing.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2010 at Mike and Maria Long
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Just think how Greece and Bulgaria would change if over half of the population caught fire and began to experience the fullness of God continuously. Can't keep waiting on the men. Go women, use your God given powers and gifts... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2010 at Mike and Maria Long
Yes, it is over 100 degrees (38 celsius). The house cools down to 85 (30 celsius) at night. So life is hot and happening here in Thessaloniki, Greece. We just came back from two weeks in England. We got to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2010 at Mike and Maria Long
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Since May 18, our daughter Gina has come home for a little while. She has come with service and ministry on her heart and not just to enjoy home. She has stepped up in worship, translation, counseling, and assisting. When... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at Mike and Maria Long
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From many churches with many languages with many worship groups and many speakers from UK, US, and Kosovo, the Spirit Conference lifted up prayer, worship, and God's word over the city of Thessaloniki for 18 hours on May 21 and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Mike and Maria Long
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Last week after a Sunday church meal, I went to one of our Bulgarian family's home to retrieve a cooking pan that had MISTAKENLY been taken. (Watch those little mistakes, miracles hide behind mistakes.) The Bulgarian family had just moved... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2010 at Mike and Maria Long
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It's Lucien and Molly time in Thessaloniki. The Behars arrived on March 5. Lucien is a Christian Jew born in Egypt. He is great speaker and friend. He really connects with the people here. He is amazing; a retired preacher... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2010 at Mike and Maria Long
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