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.
With 810 million people, 51 sovereign states and 200 spoken languages, Europe is rich in diversity and character. These distinct cultures create a continent of global influence through language, politics, finance, fashion, and food. Though diverse, the peoples of Europe do have one thing in common—more than 98% do not follow Jesus.
Instead of seeing Europe’s decidedly post-Christian culture as a hindrance, IMB teams see the potential of what God wants to do on and through this influential continent. Not only do Europeans need the hope of the gospel, making it a primary place for ministry, but the global reach of its cities also makes it a strategic place as well. Immigrants comprise more than 15% of the population of gateway cities such as London, Paris, Madrid and Vienna.
Through dreaming big and taking faith-filled risks, IMB teams are connecting with European nationals, sharing the gospel and training local leaders. Their aim is to develop strong local leadership in every city and province who will lead biblically faithful and reproducing churches. Churches that plant new healthy churches will send the gospel to the nations of the world from every borough, town and village of the beautifully diverse continent of Europe.