Thursday, October 17, 2013

Day 17: Greece

Tonight in Bible study we studied Daniel 8, specifically how it tied into the Grecian empire. I can't seem to get it out of my head, so I thought we'd focus there tonight.

Lately Greece has been in the news for it's failing economy. The financial instability of the country has had a far-reaching impact across Europe and around the world. Greece has also proven to be a difficult country for the gospel take root and spread. I realize these are very general statements, but to be honest, I do not want to presume understanding of complexities far more nuanced than I know. :-)

I recently had a friend form college move to Greece to work with a non-profit organization. She and her husband have been writing about their experience, and just today she wrote about how she sees her accounting expertise and her love for Christ intersecting in their work. Let's pray for more of this type of work to grow in Greece!

Grecian Quick Facts
Population: 11.2 million
Primary Industry: Tourism, Agriculture, Industry
Annual Income per Person: $32,105
Political System: Parliamentary Democracy
Primary Religion: Christian (Greek Orthodox majority)
All facts found in Operation World

Father, we humbly admit that we do not understand all that's happening in Greece and in any of the countries we've prayed for this month. Yet we acknowledge that You are fully knowledgeable and in sovereign over each of these complex issues. We pray that Greece would find stability economically, but we also pray that their people would find their strength and stability in You. Let You name be proclaimed and made great! Bless Bobbie and Mike as they work in Athens with Hellenic Ministries. Let their light shine bright and may neither they nor the people they work with be the same. Amen

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