Athens – Greece
YWAM Athens, together with several local churches and organizations has helped to open a new centre in Ilioupoli called the Alliance Relief Care Centre. YWAM Athens does not run its own programmes at this time but feels led by God to serve the local ministries that are currently operating in the city. The YWAM Athens team sends volunteers to several community centres around the city, which offer a variety of different services to refugees and others in need. The primary location they are partnered with is the Alliance Relief Care Centre, which offers hot drinks, food, childcare, teaching, and provides refugees an opportunity to shower and wash their clothes. Other ministries where YWAM Athens volunteers include the Crossroads Refugee Centre, which offers Greek and English lessons along with a meal and Bible Study, and does evangelism one night a week in Victoria Park distributing tea and Christian literature; and the Samaria Centre which blesses refugees with hot meals and distributes food packages. When not volunteering at one of the centres, the team will spend time praying over the city of Athens and interceding for the Refugee crisis, as well as helping in practical ways such as sorting clothing donations.
Depending on the size of the team, accommodation may be in either a guesthouse owned by YWAM Athens, at different apartments or ministries owned by local churches, or an AirBNB location which is commonly used. The temperature often reaches 40 degrees Celsius in Athens in August so there is also the option to sleep outside on secure rooftops or balconies on very hot nights!
Facts About Greece
Population: Around 11 million
Official language: Greek
Capital City: Athens
Bordered by: Albania, Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey.
Interesting fact: Greece consists of nine geographic regions: Macedonia, Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Thessaly, Epirus, the Aegean Islands (including the Dodecanese and Cyclades), Thrace, Crete, and the Ionian Islands. Greece also has the 11th longest coastline in the world, and eighty percent of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak at 2,918 metres (9,573 ft).