by Mercy Teete
Greetings from Athens
Nea Zoi - Praise God that Nea Zoi is seeing an increase in the number of girls requiring help and support to go and see a Doctor.
Please be praying as we require more volunteers to help with the visits
Christmas Outreaches - This year for the Christmas outreaches we gave out gifts -
cookies, purses, candle holders and Christmas cards to all the women and men we work with.
With the support of a short term team from YWAM we put into gift bags 500 purses for the women out on the streets
and in the brothels and 40 candle holders for the men.
My Wednesday morning Outreach team of 3 has been enlarged to 12 people and in 2 teams we gave out the gifts,
cookies and Christmas cards to all the women in our patch. We shared with the women that the purses were made
by women in India who had left prostitution.
Many of the women were overjoyed at receiving the gifts. The giving of gifts to the women and men is a way to show love
and also tell them Jesus is the alternative to prostitution.
Threads of Hope - As a staff team we are really excited about what is happening, instead of 4 women we are now employing
5 and instead of 1 trainee we now have 4 who come with babies and one toddler. We cannot accept any more women onto the
training programme as we have completely run out of equipment and space.
Bigger space - We are currently negotiating with a Landlord to rent bigger premises so we can employ as many girls
as possible. If this goes according to plan it will increase our costs, because at present we do not have money to cover new equipment,
new space and decorating. We have set up a fundraising page, so, please be praying about this.
Cutter/Assistants required - With the director I continue to support the women with cutting material for them to make bags and other things.
Recently there has been an increase in the numbers of orders received and even though the women are working quickly to make the bags
we are finding we need more people to cut material and assist with looking after the babies and one toddler.
Please be praying for more long term volunteers to join the team.
Bible study/Devotion - We always want God to touch and equip the women with the knowledge of Him so on a
Monday and Thursday morning I join the women for a time of bible study. Since September - November we have been studying
John chapter 1 learning about how Jesus is the word and how John the Baptist came to prepare the way for Jesus.
The women always ask questions they grapple with in their lives and I always point them back to Jesus.
Advent Calendar - In December we have been using an advent Calendar to learn about the Christmas story -
Mary, Joseph, the wise men, the shepherds and the angels.
Once a week I help one of the women to read better using a children's bible. Please be praying she will want to continue
with the session after Christmas.
The Salvation Army - We continue to see 10-30 women and men come for Sunday lunch at the Greenlight Project
and once a month hand out hygiene products - shower gel, shampoo toothpaste and other things.
We are seeing a rising number of women who are being supported to see a doctor, moving on from prostitution
and being supported emotionally.
In the team we take it in turn to share a message, please be praying that they hear and receive it. Also pray for more volunteers to come
and help with Sunday lunch at present we only have 4 regular volunteers and when 30 women attend it can become very busy.
Christmas Outreaches - This year during outreach they gave out 50 gifts - shower gel and sponge to the women and men out on the streets.
Praise God that they had to give out an extra 20 gifts because more and more women are beginning to know
about the Salvation Army Green Light Project .
Green Light Drop-in Centre - The Salvation Army will soon be opening a centre for the women who work on the streets,
they have employed 2 Support Worker to work in it. Please be praying this all goes well.
Connect Drop in Centre -In the last 6 months a drop-in centre has opened close to where I live, mainly refugees,
homeless people and others attend.
I go there for about 2 hours most Saturdays to help and support the team by chatting with the people who come,
giving out snacks, playing games and making arts and crafts with them.
We also give out clothing for adults, children and babies and we always share a short message from the bible.
For His Glory