I have returned from 12 hours of handing out bibles in the 4th largest city in Greece, Larissa. I have been the driver of a team of 4 young people and their love of the Lord, energy and commitment to getting the job done was inspiring. We handed out, hung on doors or left outside homes 35,000 bibles. The day reached 38 degrees and if you know me you would laugh as I am not good with the heat AT ALL! Praise God for air conditioning, it kept me going, that and the Greek coffee drink, frappe.
The team would hand out bibles and I would follow them slowly in the car, having more bibles ready for them as they needed. We were all in zones and when we had finished an area we would call other teams and go and help them. I had one of the zone team leaders in my car and by the afternoon he was on the phone constantly directing teams to other zones to help with the final push. I became his personal chauffeur as he sat in the back directing people around the city!
One team were arrested, another had bibles thrown at them, some got lost, people got sun burnt, gallons of water was drunk but all in all the day was epitomised in one picture, when we came round the corner of a house and saw a ya ya (grandmother) in her chair reading a NT Bible.
The significance of this is that not only has she been given her own bible, but it is in modern Greek so that she is able to read it. Also, the Greek people believe that you are saved through being baptised through the Orthodox Church and that what we are sharing, that you can only come to God through his son, Jesus, is heresy.
I arrived anticipating just being a participant but with the sneaky suspicion that I would be asked to be on staff and to help out. I was right, as I got here and was immediately drawn into the wonderful Hellenic Ministries family and asked to help out. The vision for Greece is not just to give out bibles but also to change a nation, to share the living God with them. However, on this, the 10th anniversary of the start of the project, Operation Joshua, they have distributed 1 million bibles. PRAISE THE LORD!
We have 3 days to go and by then another area of Greece will have received the word of God. Jonathan Macris, president of Hellenic Ministries, is off this afternoon giving a TV interview about the project and we are preparing the evening programme. Thank you for your prayers. Please do continue to pray for divine appointments, protection, soaring heat, safety and particularly for the priests that they will be open to receiving a bible for themselves that they can read in modern Greek and that we stand with them in reaching people for God!