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Pray for Greece with us...

February 2012 Connection


 
Connect with Greece
 
Greece has been making the worldwide headlines for quite a while now. So since we live and work here as missionaries, we would like to give you a first-hand report of the situation. For the past few years there have been a plethora of pictures and videos circulating through the media that show huge demonstrations, riot police playing cat and mouse with a handful of anarchists, road blocks, teargas and petrol bombs in abundance, and every sort of object set on fire (from trashcans, to cars and even whole buildings). Although we can assure you these pictures are real – including the especially notable ones from the demonstration earlier this month that ended with at least 45 burned buildings and many vandalized shops – it’s important to keep in mind that they depict a specific place at a specific moment. Not only can you find people chatting and drinking their coffee just a couple of blocks away, but also, as soon as the next day, it is very normal to see the same people walking on the same streets as if nothing ever happened. Both of the neighborhoods that we live and work in are relatively far from any “violent hot spots.” But sadly, the many transportation strikes do negatively affect our commuting college students! 
 
 
 
What is the cause and effect of all this violence?
 
Frankly, the majority of the political body is corrupt, and over the years, loan after loan, they managed to run up ridiculous amounts of external debt. The average Greek has followed the same destructive pattern, topping one credit card limit after another, living a luxurious life that they can’t afford. Now the time has come for the people to pay the consequences of their actions, through tremendous wage and benefit cuts (in the best case) which painfully do NOT coincide with the unplanned sky-rocketing taxes and prices even for the important basics like heating (yes, it DOES in fact get quite cold here in the winter!). This situation has caused thousands to lose their jobs, every day more shops close down, and what’s worse is that more and more Greeks (not to mention the thousands of refugees already flooding the country!) have been left homeless and even hungry on the streets.  Young people also face a significant challenge, finding themselves “over-qualified” to get a job any business can afford to pay them for (unemployment rising from 9% in 2010 to 21% currently). So yes, people are angry and hopeless.


So what will make a difference?
 
The Gospel will! If more of us start going out and sharing the truth: 
That thankfully we don’t live for the temporary crud of this world! That we are to honor God with our lives, not hoard treasures for ourselves and therefore oppress others and withhold our capacity to offer help generously!
 
Connect in the      Word & Prayer

«Tαῦτα λελάληκα ὑμῖν ἵνα ἐν ἐμοὶ εἰρήνην ἔχητε•
ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ θλῖψιν ἔχετε, ἀλλὰ θαρσεῖτε,
ἐγὼ νενίκηκα τὸν κόσμον.
- Ιωάννης 16:33
 
These things I have spoken to you, in order to have
peace in Me. In the world you have tribulation;
but take courage, I have overcome the world.
- John 16:33

 
Please pray with us...
Thanking God for a restful and great opportunity-filled Christmas break For the hopeless, jobless, homeless, and hungry 
For the leaders of the country, that they will make wise, selfless decisions
That Christians will rise up in these troubled times to offer hope and truth
That our college students and staff will intentionally seek God’s voice in what He may call us to do to participate in His redeeming work in Greece!

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