Daniel & Sarah Deurbrouck
Greater Europe Mission
Hello Alderwood Family,
We praise God that the Breath of Life church plant is entering into its fifth year of ministering in the neighborhood of Neos Kosmos here in Athens! We continue to serve as supporting roles to the Greek pastor: meeting with various friends and contacts in the neighborhood, assisting with church financial organization, preparation for the weekly Sunday service, planning for the Friday night kids’ program, as well as helping lead a weekly teenager hangout time.
About a year ago, another pastor reached out to Daniel about preaching (in Greek!) once a month at a small church in a city an hour away. This church, in the city of Halkida, currently has no pastor. Daniel accepted and has continued to preach there monthly. We wanted to share with you about the blessing this ministry has been to us, and how it has been pushing our hearts to churches outside of Athens.
As Daniel now spends time regularly preparing sermons, it has been an excellent exercise for continued Greek language improvement. Daniel has had the opportunity to get to know the members of this congregation, to eat in their homes and to understand the lives of those who live outside of Athens. We have seen the challenges of ministering in a more isolated context away from community in Athens, of ministering to a city even less familiar with Evangelical Christianity than those in Athens. And by the very nature of Daniel preaching there monthly, it displays the denomination’s difficulty in supplying pastors to its own churches.
Would you pray for this little church with us? It consists of somewhere around twenty members, most of which are over sixty years old. Pray for youth and young families to return, pray for the Lord to provide a permanent pastor and pray for spiritual maturity and vibrancy as this is the only Evangelical church in the area. Thank you Alderwood for faithfully standing with us in ministry as we serve in Greece, where only 0.2% of the population claim to know Christ.
Daniel, Sarah, Sophia & Steven