Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mens' Refugee Camp

The first camp of the season was a men’s refugee camp in which we were able to offer an escape from the chaos of everyday life in Athens to 14 young Muslim men. Most of these men sleep in abandoned buildings with no electricity or water. They daily live in fear of the police, either from the law or brutality. When I asked one of the guys how he slept after the first night at camp, he answered that it was the best sleep he had had in the three months that he has been in Greece. Many of the men said that Porto Astro was the most beautiful place they had ever seen.

We enjoyed times of swimming, soccer, archery, canoeing, rock climbing, singing and dining together. Additionally we spent several hours each day teaching and discussing Jesus and Christianity with them. Most of the guys are very religious, even observing five times of prayer each day.

One of the goals of our staff was to finish the week feeling confident that we had clearly presented the gospel. And by the end of the camp, we all agreed that we had shared and communicated the gospel in various ways, several times.

May the Word of God challenge their minds and cut to their hearts!

Jn 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of hte One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Matt Gulley

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