Did you know that the small country of Greece has nearly as many miles of coastline as the USA? Most of these coastal regions are in Greece’s 80 inhabited islands. With Greece being steeped in religiosity and having less than 1 percent professing Christians in the country, a fraction of them live in the Greek isles. Many islands have only one believer, or none. Reaching their inhabitants with the gospel presents a special challenge to traditional mission strategies. And just beyond the Greek horizon, across the water, lie Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, and the North African countries. This area offers unique opportunities for effective outreach using boats.
Hellenic Ministries’ Response
Island Reach on the Morning Star sailing vessel exists to reach out to the islands and coastline of Greece, as well as the surrounding nations. With so few believers on the islands, Island Reach seeks to support the local churches, encourage lone believers, and lend a helping hand wherever needed by visiting Greece’s many ports. Sailing also offers us a unique opportunity to disciple the young Greek people who join us as crew, many of which, upon returning home, tell us their lives have been dramatically changed by the experience.
You do not need to have any sailing experience to join the crew, although professional help is needed. All you need is a sense of adventure and a servant-heart to equip the saints, establish churches, and disciple others. Come join the fleet! Let’s go make waves!
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