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Refugees: What You Don’t Hear on the News Interview with Philip and Joy Kirkland (AUDIO)

By Kay Burklin, Mar 16, 2021

This audio is the first episode of a new podcast by MTW missionary Kay Burklin and former missionary Carolyn Morris, "Refugees: What You Don’t Hear on the News." 

When Philip and Joy Kirkland moved to Athens, Greece, to serve as MTW missionaries, they never conceived of the coming refugee crisis and how that would transform their ministry. They have helped start a church plant with a multi-cultural group of people from roughly 15 different nations, many of whom are refugees. Joy, a trained trauma counselor, found herself in the middle of a refugee population who have experienced a great deal of trauma.

Listen to this insightful interview with the Kirklands about their work with refugees in Greece, and how they see God at work in the midst of not only the refugee crisis, but the COVID-19 pandemic as well. 

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

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

Give thanks to God for a movement of the Spirit spreading across Europe opening doors that have been long-shut.

Pray for national pastor Giotis Kantartzis and missionaries Philip and Kay Luther serving in Athens, Greece, as they work toward a vision of expansive church-planting in a region that is hungry for truth.

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 church-planting work to increase and bear much fruit in strategic cities around the world that are filling with diverse international populations.

Give thanks for the work God is doing in South Asia in the wake of COVID lockdown relief. Ask God to grow the new believers who came to faith in Christ as a result.

Pray for an Italian couple returning to their home country to church plant. 


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