Abundant Olympic Blessings

by Tasos Ioannidis

More than 3,000 volunteers.

10,000 attended events in the central square of downtown Athens.

100,000 bottles of refreshing water distributed along with a smile, Christian testimony, and witness.

Hundreds of thousands of copies of Christian literature and Scriptures distributed to people from more than 130 nations.

Evangelistic teams visited 40 islands in Greece.

An estimated 27,000 people attended a variety of festivals where the love of Christ was shared.

29 chaplains ministered to athletes in the Olympic village.

These are only a few of the highlights of the cooperative outreach that took place from several ministries during the Olympics and in which AMG played a key role.

A highlight of the Olympic outreach efforts was the Tribute to the Unknown God organized by AMG. It was a fantastic success and blessing. More than 5,000 attended the entire seven-hour program, and adding those who attended various parts of the program, we feel that we ministered to more than 10,000 people. Worship presentations, music groups, festival activities by various organizations, and volunteers brought about a unique Christian celebration in Omonoia Square, the most notorious square in downtown Athens. The people in this square, which is infamous for drugs and prostitution, had a unique opportunity to hear the saving message of Christ.

This was the largest Christian gathering of this nature that ever took place in Greece and we praise the Lord for allowing us to be part of it. The program was unique, the message was strong, and the atmosphere was filled with excitement and celebration. There were many television and radio stations from Greece, Europe, Asia, and the United States that gave coverage to the event.

A great result of this effort is the positive and enthusiastic response from the officials of Athens. This will open many future doors for ministry. People who have been in many Olympic festivals in the last 20 years told us that this event was the best that they had ever attended at any Olympic Games.

We praise God and we are grateful for workers in Greece who prepared for years for the Olympic ministry. We are tremendously grateful for the volunteers who gave of their time and finances to help with the evangelistic outreach, who worked on construction projects at the Cosmovision Center, for our faithful donors who helped financially to make this all possible, and for those who have brought the needs of this huge outreach before the throne of God in prayer. Only heaven will reveal the results of the thousands of people who have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

But our outreach through the Cosmovision Center, AMG's family, youth, and education multi-purpose facility is only just beginning. The next big part of the project is the construction of the dormitory that will be built on the site. Our workers have just recently received all of the permits needed and work will soon be under way. This dormitory will be used to house volunteers, participants in sports ministry events, and students who will study at the Center for New Testament Studies. The cost of the building, which will accommodate 50 individuals, is approximately $250,000.

Please continue to pray for and support the on-going ministry expansion in Greece.

Tasos Ioannidis is executive vice president of AMG International.

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