Hundreds of thousands of immigrants and refugees have flooded into Athens, Greece. Families and individuals arrive with nothing and have no means to support themselves, so they are always in need of necessities like housing, food, clothing, and medicine. Many flee from countries such as Syria, Iran, Congo, Nigeria, Morocco, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh because of persecution, war, or economic need. Your gift will facilitate ministry to these refugees living in camps, parks, and on the streets by providing basic living necessities.
Your gift will also support a ministry team of six local believers who make disciples and plant churches among Muslim refugees and local Greeks from Orthodox backgrounds. These men, four of whom were refugees, sensed God leading them to stay in Athens to minister to Muslims and plant healthy churches in refugee communities. Your partnership will enable these national believers to fully engage in ministry, which includes travel to other European countries to minister to their flock who have been granted asylum there.
The Athens team operates a training center focused on church planting. Ongoing classes on evangelism and discipleship are offered, and many new believers from the refugee community are discipled there. Four churches worship at the center throughout the week, enabling believers from different people groups to worship Jesus in their own language. The focus of the training center is on planting healthy churches and training new believers in church planting, so they can plant churches wherever they are granted asylum. Prayerfully consider giving to the Athens Church Planting and Refugee Aid ministry to change the immediate life story and eternal future of thousands of refugees.
Post-Soviet eastern Europe contrasts starkly to the wealth and liberalism of Scandinavia in the west; the relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle compares vividly against the dignity of Great Britain. Europe's diverse cultures create a continent of global influence through language, politics, finance, fashion, and food.
Eleven percent of the world’s population lives among Europe’s famous landmarks, but only one percent are evangelical Christians. The presence of the gospel has all but vanished as Europe moves toward a decidedly post-Christian culture. But through God’s faithfulness, Europeans are responding to the gospel through ministries such as English camps and coffee house ministries.
The recent flood of refugees is the most massive migration of people in Europe since World War II. Many have come to Christ, and their response is affecting the church. Pray for awakening in the European church as believers embrace anew their mission to comfort those in need and share the good news of Christ.