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One Refugee

Greece

Help meet physical and spiritual needs of refugees coming from countries where they have experienced war, poverty and discrimination.

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Project Details


  • Project Description:

    Many refugees in Greece are in limbo and unable to integrate into society, but unable to go home. Athens is a key point along the refugee highway. Almost one million refugees pass through Athens each year, many of whom are still there waiting to be processed. This waiting period offers a prime opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ in word and deed.

    Your gift can provide staffing for the refugee center in Athens, and ministry to more than 500 people each week. The center welcomes, loves, and accepts refugees, regardless of ethnicity or religion, demonstrating the good news in action, meeting physical needs, and providing hot meals, groceries, hygiene items, showers, haircuts, medicine, and much more. Many refugees also receive language training through Greek and English courses and assistance with job searches and other means of providing income for their families. Trained workers with language and cultural skills from the refugees' homelands also come to the center. This project also provides housing for some of these workers to live in Athens for three-months to use their unique skills and understanding to share openly and clearly the message of Christ.

    Your gift will meet basic needs for the refugees and give them skills to help them provide for their families. The typical refugee is starving for hope, love, friendship, and acceptance. Here, refugees have an opportunity to experience full and meaningful lives, to raise their families in confidence, build their communities with dignity and share this life with others.

  • Cultural Information:

    Athens is currently the largest European gateway city for immigrants from Central Asia, the Middle East and Northern Africa. 1 million (20 percent) of Athens’s 5 million residents are immigrants and refugees. The large scale entrance of refugees in Greece has escalated in the last couple of years to become a full-scale crisis within the country. 

  • Geographic Information:

    The city of Athens enjoys a mild climate but can get extremely hot in the summer. The region is mountainous and not far from the sea. Volunteers will be walking every day and will need to be able to navigate steps and rocky terrain.

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Here are specific ways your donation will help.

  • One hot meal to a refugee = $1
  • 600 hot meals = $560
  • One week's food for a family = $5
  • Groceries for 150 refugee families =$750

You can also donate by check

  • Write check to IMB
  • Include project name on memo line

 Mail to:

OneLife – IMB

PO Box 6767

Richmond, VA 23230

If total donations exceed the financial needs of this project the funds may be used for similar projects in other areas of the world. 

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Pray that refugees will feel the love of Christ as they enter the center and that human dignity is restored to their lives.  

Pray that the refugees will be open to hearing the Word of God and the hope that can set them free through Jesus Christ.

Pray that Greek believers will be willing to minister to the refugees.

Pray that new believers will find accepting Christian community in Athens.

Pray for the refuges as they interact with our National staff.

Pray for the refugees as they are impacted by the Word of God.

Pray for the refugees as we voice prayers over them in the name of Jesus.


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