YWAM Boise Greece & Cyprus Outreach
Our teams have been on the ground in the heart of the greatest refugee crisis of our generation for about 2 weeks now. What we have seen and the people we have met will change us forever. We are convinced that the Lord has raised us up for “such a time as this”. Below is a short update from our teams. The names and stories may be altered slightly to protect those involved.
Our heart has been broken by the overwhelming situation in Greece. Refugees sit in waiting unsure of what is next for them. They are thankful to be out of the war zone but they greatly desire to start their new life over soon.
Our team lives across the street from a hotel that is filled with Syrian Refugees but we had no way to get in. However, God has been making the connections for us. Tonight at church I sat beside a Syrian woman that lived in that hotel. During worship she asked me what “Hallelujah” meant and with the help of google translate I told her. She then responded “Thank you God” in Arabic and at the end of the night she went up and gave her life to Jesus! I was filled with so much hope for Syrians all around the world. After service she excitedly asked me to take a picture with her near the picture of Jesus. Plus she gave her room number. Some of our team now has an invite in to this Syrian refugee community. God has opened the doors for some of us to visit them regularly and continue to share the hope of Jesus. Thank you for praying!
“How do you pray in your home?”
This was a question that was asked by a Muslim man from a certain country in Asia. As we discussed this question together he asked another question…and then another…and then another, all about our faith in Jesus and how it is different from Islam. As we departed that night he shouted, “I have so many other questions that I cannot wait to ask you!”. Would you pray for this man that his questions will lead him to the one true God!
Our team also serves daily by teaching English, joining Bible studies with refugees and doing street ministry. We have made many connections with people from all over the world. There are many other connections that are too sensitive to share online but we do ask that you continue to pray for our team!
Our teams will be in Greece and Cyprus till May 19th with some staff staying longer. If you would please join us in praying for more workers to minister in this wide open, fruitful harvest. One great way to do that is to join our next Refugee-Focused DTS here at YWAM Boise!
Syria crisis: Fast facts (from World Vision)
- 13.5 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance.1
- 4.6 million Syrians are refugees, and 6.6 million are displaced within Syria; half are children.2 Read an open letter from Syrian children.
- Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school. See new photo slideshow.
- Most Syrian refugees remain in the Middle East, in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt; about 10 percent of the refugees have fled to Europe.3
- A fragile ceasefire began on Feb. 26, allowing humanitarian aid access to civilians who had been cut off for months.
YWAM Refugee Ministry