I am HERE. We are living in the capital, marked with a star. It’s pronounced, Skope-ye.
We have no visa to stay here, so we are making plans to head back to Germany at the end of November when our 90 days of visa-free travel ends. Then we will get another 90 days to stay visa-free in Germany.
We’re curious to get together with our refugee friends in Germany to see how things are now. Refugees want to get to Germany because they give free housing and a monthly allowance. That’s seriously why many only want to go there. They aren’t fleeing for their lives. Most are coming from Syria, and when they fled for their lives, they ended up in Turkey, Lebanon, or another country closer to their country of origin. Now it seems many are just looking for a better life.
We know the grass always looks greener on the other side of the border, so to speak, but some in Germany now are forced to live in tent cities because there wasn’t enough prepared housing for the influx. There is also increased violence. Some of those who fled Islamic countries because they became Christians are now forced to live with Muslim refugees who threaten their lives. It’s a mess of a situation. We don’t know if we can be of any use other than loving those refugees God brings into our lives.
We still have till the end of November in Macedonia. We don’t see any refugees here, and we’ve looked for them in the city. They seem to be just heading by train straight through. Macedonia is my favorite place, and I’m loving being here with my old friends. At least once a week we get together with someone for dinner. Tomorrow we’re meeting a family we met through EP. They’ve just arrived in Macedonia to start an orphanage. It is my hope we will be able to get a visa to stay in Macedonia if nothing changes in Germany. There’s nothing easy or certain about obtaining one though. Thanks for caring.
While we were away, Macedonia built tons of statues and monuments. Below is the city square with an enormous Alexander of Macedon on his horse; he’s better known as Alexander the Great.