The Church of the Nazarene is developing plans to send a pioneer ministry team to open Nazarene work in northern Greece in the summer of 2016.
Missionaries Joshua and Shannon Herndon, who have spent the past five years serving in Spain, will relocate to a suburb of Thessaloniki to lead the work, and are currently developing the strategy, raising funds to support the ministry, and identifying potential volunteer members to join the team.
Leaders in the Eurasia Region believe that in light of the financial crisis in Greece, now there is historic opportunity to minister to the socio-economic, as well as the spiritual needs, of the Greek people.
The Herndons, in their proposal to the Eurasia Region director, wrote that numerous other Christian organizations and denominations who have worked in Greece for many years describe a vast spiritual poverty in the country.
“The Greeks, in general, have tried to expel the Greek Orthodox church from their lives, resulting in an overall disregard for Christianity,” Joshua stated in the proposal. “It was stated to us (by multiple leaders of multiple organizations) that only 2 percent of the population attends church regularly, and there are only about 25,000 born-again believers in the entire country.”
At the same time, the population is suffering economically.