21 Oct Day 03 Sleeping Under the Stars at a Monastery in France
August 3rd, 2017 – Day 03 of a 26 day, 11 flight and 4 country adventure, Capturing Grace in France, Ukraine, Russia and Spain.
We loved our two days in Paris, the food, sights and sounds were as memorable as ever. We now transition to sleeping in fields under the stars as we make our way by bicycle from Paris to the Atlantic coast.
Today, Michael, Carissa and myself met up with Gennadiy Mokhnenko and his biking team from Ukraine.
Having read all that I could about this man with a passion for a world without orphans, today has been highly anticipated. I recommend viewing the documentary movie, Almost Holy, that tells the story of Gennadiy and the thirty two boys he has adopted. These boys that were rescued off the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine were homeless, most addicted to drugs. They now form the nucleus of the cycling team whose journey through Europe I am here to document.
Having made there way through Germany and over the Swiss alps, we now meet 160km southeast of Paris in the quaint little town of Sens, France. With the team running a day or so behind schedule, one of the SAG vans came ahead to Paris to pick us up to meet the team as they arrived.
After photographing their arrival into Sens, we set up our camp for the night at Monastery Sainte-Marie de la Garde in Saint-Pierre-de-Clairac, just outside of this picturesque little town.
Watching these boys from Ukraine living a life so different than what the streets of Ukraine offered is a miracle I will not soon forget.
By believing against all odds and loving against all odds, that is how we are to let Jesus show in the world and to transform the world.
– FREDERICK BUECHNER