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• Pray for the financial meltdown to drive people to Jesus for lasting peace and security.

 

• Pray for the Church to be purged of any heresy, syncretism, or division.

 

• Pray for a clear presentation of the Gospel to reach a nation where very few have heard the Truth.

 

 

SUMMARY

In Acts 16:9, Luke writes, "During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, 'Come over to Macedonia and help us.'" Paul responded and the subsequent evangelization of Greece brought the Gospel into Europe.  Greece, in southeast Europe, was the seat of one of the great ancient civilizations, thriving from the 5th to 2nd centuries B.C.  Sophisticated science, medicine, philosophy, drama and the arts flourished, particularly in Athens.  Ruins like the Parthenon in Athens are reminiscent of the achievements of that golden age. Strategically located near Asia and surrounded by the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas, Greece has had a significant sea trade history. Today, Greece has the world's largest merchant fleet in the world.

 

Democracy was first practiced in Greece's early city-states, but in the years that followed much freedom was lost.  Four hundred years of Turkish domination ended in 1830 with independence and the institution of a monarchy.  World War II brought Nazi occupation, followed by a civil war and two military dictatorships, which ended in 1974.  A parliamentary republic was formed and the monarchy was eliminated.  The current government is dealing with a major economic crisis involving the potential default on national debt payments and has instituted drastic cuts to prevent a total collapse of the economy. Disputes with long-time rival Turkey have subsided somewhat since the mutually devastating earthquake of 1999 brought the countries together, though many tensions still exist.

 

The Greek Orthodox Church is the official church of Greece. The Orthodox Church was the strong force that perpetuated the Greek culture and language during the long Ottoman rule. It continues to be a significant part of the cultural identity of the nation and receives state funding. Most of the population (98%) considers themselves to be Orthodox, but less than three percent of the eleven million Greeks attend any church regularly.  Although laws have changed lessening discrimination for non-Orthodox believers, Protestants and Catholics often face problems if it is perceived they are drawing Greeks away from the Orthodox Church. Evangelicals, both within and outside the Orthodox Church, are finding ways to evangelize the many who do not know the Gospel through service and other activities.

If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.  - John 14:14

 

 

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Source: Φώς της Αυγής (fos tis avgis) - Here I am to worship; Ioannis Sarlis

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Continent: Europe

Capital City: Athens

Government: Parliamentary Republic

Population: 10,737,428

Major People Groups: 90% Greek, 10% Minorities

Religion: 95% Christian, 3% Non, 2% Muslim

Language: Greek/English

GDP Per Capita: $24,000

Literacy Rate: 96%

UNREACHED: 21.7%

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