Although we’re no longer in Greece, we remain passionate about what God is doing there.  From time to time, we’d like to pass along updates from our friends and former teammates.  Here’s a recent update about this year’s summer refugee camps (a partnership between Helping Hands and Hellenic Ministries):

At the family camp the children were taught for the first time from a discipleship tool developed by Samaritan’s Purse called The Greatest Journey.  Our teammate “D” put in many hours working to get this translated into Farsi. She writes “For me it was pure joy to see the children enjoying this colorful workbook, memorize Scripture verses and grasp an understanding of who Jesus is. Please pray that the lessons learned will continue to stir the hearts and minds of these children and their parents! God is at work in these precious ones!”  At the end of the camp each of the children received a “Christmas” shoebox from Samaritans purse as well.

The truly exciting news is that after the men’s camp 12 men were baptized and at the family camp a man and woman (not related) were baptized.   At the end of this week [another man and woman] were baptized!  This is SO exciting – especially for the women.  We have had several women believers who have been afraid to be baptized because they haven’t seen other women take this step and it is a very clear declaration of their faith which is extremely risky and scary for them.  I believe that this will give other women the courage to step forward and we will see a rich harvest among the women in the coming weeks and months.

Please pray for these new believers. Pray for protection and for peace and boldness in speaking out about their faith. Pray for family members who may have yet to come to faith. Pray that the many seeds planted at these camps will grow and bear fruit.

Great, great news!  Praise God and continue to pray for Helping Hands, and their ministries among refugees in Athens.

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