Greetings from Greece
The time I spent in the UK in July and August was a real joy, it’s always great to meet and catch up with family, friends and supporters. I am always encouraged and feel very privileged to hear that so many people have prayed for me and continue to pray for me. Ruth and Lyndsay from Christ Church New Malden came to Greece and stayed with me and saw some of the work I do at Nea Zoi, it was a lovely time and I really enjoyed it. I have a spare room so, it would be great to have more people come and visit me and see the work I am doing or even just for a holiday.
Ruth, Lyndsay and I at the Olympic Stadium
Prayer is a powerful weapon and is really needed especially when you are surrounded by darkness. In this third year please be praying for the Wednesday Morning Outreach Team, for the girls and Madams, for Nea Zoi as a whole and for the Church Outreach to the homeless people at Piraeus Port
Wednesday Morning Outreach – The Wednesday morning outreach team is made up of One male and 4 regular women other than me and one counsellor who is ad hoc. Only 2 of the regular women speak Greek, it is the first language we start with when we enter the brothel. The women always go into the brothels in pairs with the person speaking Greek taking the lead, in the past we had two pairs going into the brothel, this worked really well, because it meant visiting about 24 brothels. One of the women who spoke Greek has left the team to go back to the United States. So, now we have one pair visiting the brothels this means at the most we can only visit about 12-14 brothels as we have only one Greek speaker
The girls and Madams – The summer months can be a difficult period for the girls and madams many people in Greece go away over July and August for their summer break, but this opportunity is not always available to the girls and the madams. The madams, who allow us access to the girls work very long hours and in September and October have either complained or looked very tired. The girls sometimes work 12 hour shifts and only have breaks between clients and so they are also tired and sometimes you find them in one of the brothel rooms laying down because they are tired or sick.
Nea Zoi is going through a period of transition and change, recently through a week of prayer and two weeks of meetings decisions were reached to change the structure, the roles and responsibilities, this is an opportunity for the organisation to become much more effective in the work that we do, and serve our volunteers and the people we work with in the best possible way. This is something that is ongoing. This will mean my own role and responsibilities will change, but I will still remain as team leader for the Wednesday Morning Outreach.
Church Outreach to homeless people at Piraeus Port – In Greece the days and nights are now getting much colder, but still we continue to see 70-100 people sleeping at the port even though there are nightshelters very close to the port. They prefer to sleep on the streets because there are no rules to abide by. We continue to engage them in conversations but recently the numbers of volunteers who help out have dropped and so it means the conversations have become less and less and all we do is just give out food.
Please be praying for wisdom and discernment in all these situations.
Always for His Glory