A Critical Journey
This past week I have been in Athens with a missionary friend and team. We found ourselves in the middle of a rushing refugee flow of thousands. Pictured is an Afghanistan family on a journey from their native land to a future place. They hope to find the peace that is so illusive in their part of the world.
The little boy in the picture is Avesta. When he arrived in Greece he was completely withdrawn and clutching at his parents. He would barely look anyone in the eyes. His world had been turned upside down.
Over the next few days his transformation was a site to behold. The withdrawn child became an explosive bundle of energy. He would put out his fist to me wanted me to bump my fist to him. Then a big smile would hit his face and laughter would ring around the room.
This Muslim family found a new reason for hope and peace. They picked up the cross of Jesus Christ and found His peace.
The incredible work transpiring here is a sight to behold. I found myself deeply touched and desiring to help in any way. BBC did a report on the refugees that would be worth a look. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33665787?SThisFB
Thankfully they didn't mention the ministry which started three years ago to serve and help these displaced people. Confidentiality is important for those Christians who are reaching out to these wandering people. Their lives are under threats of peril for their service.
I was told stories that made my eyes grow wide open. One was a twelve year old boy who was serving at a refugee camp in Turkey. He came to Jesus during his three months in the camp. He went back into Syria when ISIS was defeated in his town.
Unfortunately Isis was shamed by the Kurdish women who killed them. According to certain teachings those men killed by women could not enter paradise. ISIS attacked the town again and killed all the Christians including this young boy. He was beheaded for his new found faith in Jesus.
Thank you for the prayers that were so fruitful and powerful. I feel like Paul in the New Testament times.
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.