Members from our church family respond to the need on the islands

Members from our church family respond to the need on the islands!!!

They flew to the island last Friday and started work immediately

They flew to the island last Friday and started work immediately

Preparing for thousands to recover from their sea journey before ferrying to Athens

Preparing for thousands to recover from their sea journey before ferrying to Athens

Yesterday, I visited the border for the 10th time in two months.  It is such a joy to help the refugees on their journey to a new life.  In Greece the Christians and Non-profits are responding to the overwhelming flood of humanity.  The average is 7,000 cross the border everyday. Samaritan Purse organization requested English speaking Greek church members to go to the islands to build and operate camps to the refugees washing up on the shore everyday.  So far seven from our church are there.  I have thoughts of closing the church, dropping the doctoral research and going to save precious souls literally from drowning and help the weary travelers forced to risk their lives just to have a chance for new life. If Jesus was the pastor of our church, I would imagine him leading teams that would walk out on the storming Aegean sea to pull the desperate ones from the deadly perils.  Pray for the teams and the love mission to the thousands arriving everyday.

Last Wednesday, I took to the border a friend who speaks Arabic and works with the Syrian refugees in Lebanon.  He spoke for 5 hours non-stop with the groups waiting to cross on to the next country. We made many friends and several took NT’s.  The work is sequential kindness.  All along their journey, Christians help them and care for their needs.  May the seeds of love produce fruit in their lives when they settle at their new homeland.  Because the financially “broke” country of Greece is unable to respond to the urgency and the UN humanitarian are slowed by bureaucracy, this is a great opportunity for individual Christians to get involved in this incredible ministry opportunity.  Maybe you can get a plane tomorrow and join the response team?

Of course, financial donations are needed most of all.  There may be volunteers, but our hands are empty and our expenses are great.  Please consider making a contribution to the Bishops’ Crisis Response Fund by clicking the link and designating it “Syrian Refugees in Europe”.  Jesus fed the 5,000 without expecting any rewards except that the miracle pf a simple donation of a few fish and bread can be multiplied to show mercy to the multitudes.

Nest week on November 11-14, the leaders of the Free Methodist work in Europe will be gathering in Sofia, Bulgaria.  Pray that the Lord will visit his servants to inspire and empower the Lord’s Kingdom in this amazing season of unprecedented translation.  Thank you for your interest and support.  Please stir up the response of the Lord’s people to this wonderful opportunity and let everyone know that amazing ministry is happening every time you see another news report.