This article (originally entitled “What we’ve been learning about typical Greek students”) is by Jonathan and Dawn Clark, our colleagues in Athens. It was first posted in May 2013 on their blog, Greece is the Word.
Between Christmas and Easter I was on two campuses regularly with small groups of our students, getting on with evangelism to strangers, hoping for two things: first, to sow the seed of the word to whomever we could and, second, to grow confidence and skill among the members of IFES Greece.
We anticipated this being a small beginning, and it has been, but here’s a couple of observations.
We are writing answers to many of the questions we are frequently asked as we begin this new stage of ministry.
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The Guardian has an article today on how to make the perfect Greek salad. Go read it, then eat some lovely Greek salad outside in the sunshine.
Please don’t forget the oregano, olive oil and vinegar – it’s not Greek without generous amounts of these three over the top. Kalamata olives are essential. They’re the king of olives. Lemon juice is also non-negotiable, and gives it all a nice zing. Forget salad leaves, which are not very Greek. And I’m not quite sure what to make of pouring ouzo on it… Let us know how that one goes!
So, go, give it a try! And whilst you’re thanking God for the food he’s given you, why not pray for your Greek brothers and sisters in Christ to be salt and light in a society that is hostile and hardened to the gospel.
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In the course of researching and writing my dissertation, I’ve struggled to track down much published information – in English – on Greek evangelicalism.
I’ve just found – for the first time – an interesting and enlightening chapter that helps clarify the history and treatment of Greek evangelicals.
It’s accessible stuff – not too academic – and gives a helpful overview of the history of the Greek Evangelical church, the treatment Greek evangelicals face, and some of the constitutional restrictions Greek evangelicals face, i.e. that they can’t proselytise.
It’s on Google Books, which means you can read it online for free. It’s well worth a quick five minute read to inform your prayers.
Ioatrides, John O. “Evangelicals.” Pages 46–63 in Minorities in Greece. Edited by Richard Clogg. London: C Hurst & Co, 2002.
Our friend and student pastor at All Souls Langham Place, Jonny Dyer, is interviewed about why you should bother with bible college.
Coming up at the end of February, we’re helping run the All Souls Langham Place Student weekend away. Tim will be giving three presentations on the life of Jesus to people that are investigating who he is.