Monday, September 21, 2009

HM Summer Recap 2009

This is a slide show from Hellenic Ministries' summer activities. In this slide show you will see pictures from the various camps we hosted as well as Operation Joshua. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Fall Kick-Off, 15 September 2009

The Hellenic Ministries team and several other friends of the ministry gathered over at Johnathan and Miriam Macris’ house on Tuesday night to inaugurate the Fall HM season. We were privileged to have our new US Director and his wife, Dan and Marilyn Bostrom, from Wheaton, visiting with us as well as Keith VanderWeide from Overlake Christian Church in Seattle.

The night was cool, the stars were out, and children and adults alike were excited to reunite after a busy summer of ministry, furloughs and vacations. We enjoyed a warm time of fellowship around a lovely dinner and then shared an extended time remembering God’s goodness and faithfulness to us throughout the summer.

We look forward with eager anticipation to all that God has prepared for us this Fall.

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands.” Ps 90:17 For His glory alone.

Mini Missions School, August 2009

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19

After years of dreaming, brain storming and planning, HM held its first ever Mini Missions School out at Porto Astro in early August. The main goal of the conference was to challenge young Greeks that evangelism and missions is a call that includes everyone. Beyond our wildest expectations, about 20 Greeks attended.

A broad range of topics concerning missions was covered such as cross-cultural communication, personal evangelism, outreach techniques, support raising, support raising, living by faith, bible studies, short term mission trips etc. Greek and non-Greek missionaries informed about the work of God currently in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. We sampled food and customs from each of these different cultures.

After spending the long weekend at Porto Astro, several of the team continued with a trip to the islands of Ios and Paros. There they were able to meet with and encourage local believers as well as to use some of their newly acquired skills in outreach and prayer walks.

Participants came away with a more informed knowledge of world missions and how they could be a part of God’s great commission. Please pray that God will continue to work in the hearts of Greeks to reach others for Christ.

“This conference got me out of my ‘box’ – it helped me to extend my horizon for God’s world and His plans for my life,” Lambrini.

Young Adult "Survivor" Camp

Romans 8:37 all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Young adult camp was held over a long weekend in the beginning of August. The theme was “Survivor” and we were split into the tribes of Manasseh and Rueben. We were challenged to not only be survivors in our everyday lives, but to be winners as victorious Christians!

We had incredible times together each morning doing Bible study. We spent time searching the Scriptures, asking difficult questions, diving deeper into the Word and begging God to reveal His truths to us.

In the afternoons, we played competitive games in our teams that required unity, trust, communication and teamwork to reach the goal. Playing like this encouraged us to think about how we need to work together as Christians to make Christ known all over the world.

Evenings brought times of corporate worship and messages by pastors. Each night we were exhorted to look at our relationship with the Lord and the spiritual battles we face each day and to ask ourselves if we were merely surviving or living victorious Christian lives. We were reminded of the self-sacrifice and wholehearted surrender required to be winners. We were challenged to remember that the choice is ours; we can chose to believe the lies of the enemy or chose to trust God and the truths of His Word.

May we all continue to live as more than conquerors for Jesus! Δόζα στο Θεό!