Dear Family of Friends,
I want to share with you a few one-liners:
-55,000 immigrants have entered Greece in the last three days.
-60 have recently died in the crossing, mostly women and children
-Many European countries are closing their doors
-“Which country would be best for me?” A Refugee from Kondahar, Afghanistan
-“I want to go to school to be a doctor.” Another Refugee from Afghanistan
-“We are new Christians.” Young men escaping Iran
-“We need more hands.” A Greek pastor
-“This is a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.” A relief worker
There is a place in Athens called Victoria Square where each day loads of new refugees arrive and wait untill a bus comes to take them to the boarder to be processed. Because Greece is at a breaking point and even some Greek citizens are malnourished, the government would like to see immigrants pass through and not stay. Already, we were told, Sweden has closed it’s doors and other nations are about to doing the same.
As we circulate through the many tired faces we can see a mixture of hope and fear. Most are running for their lives. They tell of death and threats. They don’t know what is ahead of them but hope that it is not worst than what is behind them. When news becomes face to face and you shake a hand or give a hug; the impact is much greater. At first I found it to be a very somber occasion only brightened by their knowledge that friends were helping them. If we had 100 others with us right now we could keep everyone very busy. Come!
Our new friend, Greek pastor Stravanos said, “We need more hands.” “Come, pray.” “Come help!” We talked of plans to establish a house of prayer that would serve as a base for ministry. He confirmed what we already sensed, that there would be a hold up of thousands of refugees in Greece. Already the population has mushroomed a million new souls.
This is a Macedonian Call for workers and intercessors. Come! Get your passports. We’ll provide the training. We need: Teachers, intercessors, musicians, singers, servants… One week, month? A year? English is fine. Housing is good. Food is excellent. Souls are open.
Over the next few days we’ll continue meeting with local church leaders and refugees. Our prayer is to lay the groundwork for a house of prayer.
Pray for workers to be sent. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few, pray, therefore, to the Lord of the harvest, to send workers.” (Matthew 9:37-38)
Pray for wisdom and favor. I have been impressed that this crisis is so big that only a united vision of Christ through the church will be effective.
Pray for the Lord to stretch out His hand to do signs and wonders. (Acts 4 )
Pray for the presence of the Lord to immerse everything we do.
Thank you for all your prayers.
Getting a clearer picture: http://www.lucify.com/the-flow-towards-europe/
The two on the right come from Kondahar province and lost everything except the clothes they are wearing.
On the right are Iranian Christians.