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How Hiking, Swimming Lessons, and ESL Create True Refugee Friendships (AUDIO)

By David & Erin Pervis interviewed by Kay Burklin, Carolyn Morris, Feb 22, 2022
This audio is the most recent episode of "Refugees: What You Don’t Hear on the News," a podcast by MTW missionary Kay Burklin and former missionary Carolyn Morris. 

MTW missionaries David and Erin Pervis moved to Athens, Greece, as the refugee crisis was rapidly spreading across Europe. They decided to move to Athens specifically to work with refugees alongside the church in Glyfada. What started with teaching English, meeting non believers, connecting them with the church, has expanded into other relationship-building activities such as hiking and swimming. It’s been life-giving for refugees to get out of the city and up into the mountains, and the hikes make for easy conversations that often touch on the trauma they've each experienced. 

Listen to this insightful interview with the Pervises about their work with refugees in Greece, and hear Erin and David's heart for refugees through stories of individuals overcoming trauma and beginning a new life in Athens, Greece. 

You can subscribe to the "Refugees: What You Don't Hear on the News" podcast on Apple and Spotify.

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Pray for refugees in Athens, Greece, as they overcome trauma and begin a new life. Pray, too, for the missionaries and church community ministering to them.

Pray for a small church in Athens, Greece that is reaching out to refugees with the love of Christ. Pray for the refugees there to hear the truth of the gospel. 

Pray for ongoing work among refugees in Greece. 

Pray for the people of Mati, Greece, who are responding with spiritual openness following disaster response efforts of the Greek Evangelical Church and MTW. 

Pray for those impacted by the deadly wildfires in Greece. Pray also for wisdom as a team assesses how best to help. 

Pray for the growing Business as Mission work through the Glyfada Church Plant in Athens, Greece.

Pray for effective discipleship and evangelism in the church plants in Athens, Greece. 

Pray for the six church planters and the entire church-planting movement in Athens, Greece.

The First Greek Evangelical Church has planted a church in Exarchiea, the anarchist capital of Greece. Pray that God's presence would became known there.

Pray for college students to participate in global missions. Pray that they would a catch a vision for missions that would stay with them long term.


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