Ellie Maffett

Ellie Maffett

Supporting the local church in Athens, Greece

In Greece, the predominant cultural influence is the Greek Orthodox Church. The evangelical church is small (perhaps around 0.2%), but is well placed to engage in growing opportunities with younger generations as they ask big questions about life and faith.

What will you be doing?

A fellowship of around nine evangelical churches want to grow in equipping each of their members to teach and disciple one another, and to reach the communities around them. They are keen to train more leaders.

I’ll be joining one of these churches, in a suburb of Athens called Marousi, to be whatever support I can, particularly in expository bible reading and teaching, growing leaders, and discipleship.

Why are you doing this?

Over the last ten years I have been supporting UFM mission partners, Jonathan and Dawn Clark, by taking students on summer teams to Athens. In the last few years, I have also joined a team from the Proclamation Trust for a ‘Cornhill Conference’ in Athens. Opportunities have opened up to get involved in bible teaching and training.

There are many in the Greek evangelical church who long for the church to grow in this land, as the Bible is preached faithfully and used for one-to-one discipleship, trusting that the word of God has power to strengthen the church and witness to the world.

How can we pray for you?

Please pray for:

  • humility, hard work and living by grace in language learning and cultural adjustment
  • patience, trust and perseverance in logistics, admin and decision-making
  • laughter, lightness, and depth in relationships old and new, and above all
  • that I’d be standing on Christ, the solid rock, not all the other shifting things
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