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Refugee Worker – Greece

Get involved in a Christian Drop-In-Centre which is ministering to refugee families through food distribution, teaching English/German, visiting, and holding regular meetings for adults and children.

Also opportunities to get involved with the Greek EA’s Care Refugee Centre in Thessaloniki. The centre provides showers, laundry services, and language classes (English, German, or Greek). It has a playroom for the children, and teaches musical instruments, while building friendships with the mostly Arabic speaking refugees.

Qualities & Gifts Sought

Ideally you are Arabic speaking with some experience and training to work among Muslims. Training in language teaching and/or experience in children's ministry would be ideal.

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About Greece

Greece is in Southern Europe, and has a population of approximately 11 million.

Athens is the capital and largest city, followed by Thessaloniki.

Greece is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Situated on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula, it shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, the Republic of Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the northeast.

The Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, the Cretan Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to the south.

Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin at 13,676 km (8,498 mi) in length, featuring a large number of islands, of which 227 are inhabited. 80% of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak at 2,918 metres (9,573 ft).

History

Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature, historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, and Western drama.

Philip of Macedon united most of the Greek mainland in the 4th century BC. He and his son Alexander the Great rapidly conquered much of the ancient world, spreading Greek culture and science from the eastern Mediterranean to India.

Greece was annexed by Rome in the 2nd century BC, and became part of the Roman Empire and its successor, the Byzantine Empire, and Greek language and culture were dominant.

The Greek Orthodox Church has also shaped modern Greek identity. After Ottoman dominion in the mid-15th century, the modern nation state of Greece emerged in 1830 following a war of independence.

Greece's rich historical legacy is reflected by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  

Mythology

In ancient Greek religion 12 Olympians are the major deities of the Greek pantheon: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Hermes, and Dionysus.  

Philosophy

Most western philosophical traditions began in Ancient Greece in the 6th century BC.

Notable ancient Greek philosophers are Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. Notable schools of Greek philosophy are Stoicism, Epicureanism, Skepticism and Neoplatonism.  

The New Testament book of Acts records St Paul reasoning with Stoics and Epicureans as he introduces them to the Lord Jesus.

The Greek language and the growth of the early church

Christianity’s early leaders and writers (notably St Paul) were mostly Greek-speaking. The New Testament was written in Greek, and some of the Epistles (1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, Philippians, and Revelation  - when St John was on Patmos) attest to the importance of churches in Greece in early Christianity. Greek-speaking communities were also instrumental in the spread of early Christianity in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.    

Theatre

Theatre in its western form was born in Greece. Classical Athens institutionalised theatre to honour the god Dionysus. Tragedy (late 6th century BC), comedy (486 BC), and the satyr play (tragicomedy) were the three dramatic genres to emerge there.  

Sport

Greece is the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games, first recorded in 776 BC in Olympia. Greece has hosted the modern Olympic Games twice, the inaugural 1896 Summer Olympics and the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Agriculture, shipping and tourism  

Greece is a large producer of cotton, pistachios, rice, olives, figs, almonds, tomatoes, watermelons and tobacco Agriculture employs 12.4% of the country’s labour force.

The shipping industry has been a key element of Greek economic activity since ancient times. Shipping remains one of the country’s most important industries employing 4% of the workforce.  

In 2016 Greece welcomed 28 million visitors and tourism accounts for 18% of GDP. 

[Source: Wiipedia. Read more about Greece here]

Pray with us for:
a turning to the Lord
spiritual renewal and reformation
recovery from the recent economic meltdown

courage and wisdom to outreach & witness
the 150 islands with no evangelical witness
the large Greek diaspora

[Source: Operation World, 2010]  

Pray too using these online resources: Operation World and Prayercast

Details

Position Type
Relief & Development

Contract Type
3-12 months i Ideal commitment between 3 months and 1 year

Location
Thessaloniki
Greece
Europe
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