Church of God World Missions Director Tim Hill received word from Anastasios Aronis, Church of God chairman in Athens, Greece, that the Church of God there is feeding and helping the refugees who are flowing into their borders from Syria, Afghanistan, and Turkey. This influx has also been mainly felt in the islands of Lesvos, Kos, and Chios. After arriving on these shores, they then come to the mainland at Port Pireaeus in Athens.
“As with any nation caught in this dilemma, resources are limited,” Hill stated. “Greece itself has recently suffered greatly by the worst financial and moral crisis it has seen in years. The waves of refugees are becoming larger with each passing day.”
Aronis says the church has been diligently working with, and is seriously involved in, this mission for several weeks now. He asked specifically for prayer for this situation, and that the word is spread to everyone of the dire circumstances that exist.
“Our Greek brother in Christ also asks for (needed) cooperation and support of the Church of God in the States, as the needs grow larger with the passing of time,” Hill continued. “More than 750,000 refugees have arrived into Greece. At least 5,000 new souls per day are coming via small boats from Turkey. While it is a grave predicament, it is an opportunity, as well, to reach lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ … for He is the answer! The church in Greece is literally following the example of Christ by feeding the poor and preaching to them the Lord’s message of salvation!”
Aronis firmly avowed: “Glory be to God that the Church of God in Greece is there!”
For those desiring to help with this need, the Greece relief World Missions Project Number is 765-0057.
(Source: Church of God World Missions)