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Helping Hands

Athens, Greece

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The city of Athens is at a crossroads between Asia and Europe and has been on the news due to huge numbers of refugees arriving by boat and trying to travel into Europe. News coverage has since shifted elsewhere. Still, tens of thousands of refugees are stuck in Greece. Most are trying to move on but are waiting here in limbo as political decisions determine their fate. These young men and women, families with children, grandpas and grandmas, and unaccompanied minors come from countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. Many are lacking in basic needs such as accommodation, food, and healthcare, and there is little help from the government.

However, God is present in this crisis. Many people are curious about who Jesus is.  Most come from countries where it is dangerous to follow Jesus and God’s message can't be freely shared. God is at work building His Kingdom among refugees in Athens, and we are privileged to join him in that work. We have an opportunity to extend Christ’s love to each of these people by helping meet their daily needs with dignity, showing a loving welcome and giving a listening ear.

At Helping Hands we are passionate about seeing the lives of refugees transformed through Christ, believing that both the demonstration and proclamation of the Gospel are important.

 

 

OUR WORK

Helping Hands is located in the heart of Athens, Greece.  At our ministry center we offer a variety of programs such as:

  • Tea House – welcoming refugees and sharing a cup of tea

  • Family meal days

  • Men’s and women’s ministry

  • Teenage ministry

  • Children’s Ministry – weekly programs, camps, and special events

  • Showers and laundry services

  • Clothing distribution and giveaway events

  • Language Classes – English and modern Greek

  • Networking and referrals – guiding refugees through the maze of offices and paperwork, helping them find healthcare and other assistance

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