Greek culture has contributed much to the world through language, philosphy, art and science. It was the first European country to be evangelised (Acts 16:10), but Christianity is now more cultural than spiritual, with only 2% attending church regularly. There is a godly, committed minority with a personal faith (.02% have a personal relationship with Christ). The Macedonian call is just as valid today as it was 2,000 years ago.
Nearly four centuries of Turkish rule ended with independence in 1827. The last 50 years have been punctuated by two civil wars, two military dictatorships, and tensions with neighbouring Turkey over the political status of Cyprus. Greece is a republic with a parliamentary democracy, yet discrimination, harassment and persecution of minorities still happens — especially those who ‘proselytize’ — evangelicals, Pentecostals, Mormons, and Jehovah's Witnesses.
Though the Greek people may be compared to the Jews in terms of their resistance to the gospel, missionaries can make a great impact by serving alongside Greek church leaders. Outreach to youth is effective, since youth are more open and can influence their families. Work among refugees is a growing, productive ministry; many from the Middle East who are on their way West become stuck in Greece. There is a great point for missionaries to touch these people in their time of need.
OC has had a family working in Greece for 40 years. An alternate evangelical worship community, with an effective evangelistic outreach print and telephone follow-up has revealed a spiritual hunger among those who have oppoetunity to hear about Jesus. Their commitment to praying over the country for so many years is an investment in the future spiritual Harvest in Greece.