“Khoda-afez! I hope to see you on Sunday!” is how OM-worker Martine is saying goodbye to the women who came to the Women’s day at Connect, a coffee place OM runs to welcome refugees. Almost all the women that came here in the past few months started coming to church on Sundays, and brought their families. For many years, the WIN International Church in Athens has been welcoming refugees. Since it was their desire to reach more refugee women, they started to organize a weekly women’s day, together with OM-worker Martine. At the moment, around 8 women, with their children, come to Connect on Thursdays. It creates a great opportunity to get to know these women and children, and offer them a cup of tea, a listening ear, and activities that makes their lives a little brighter. Their lives were, and often still are, full of trouble.
Regularly other female, Persian-speaking believers come and talk with the women. Martine is also able to talk to the women in the Persian language, as she has lived in Central Asia before. “Christmas time is an excellent opportunity to talk about Jesus, and explain why His arrival on this earth is so important. Last week, after we had lunch together” she tells, “I had a conversation with three women, and the topics just came up while we were sitting together, next to the Christmas tree. The topic went from bad dreams, to babies growing inside a mother’s womb, to grieving at a funeral, to Jesus, who came to this earth to bear our sins. This gave me many opportunities to share about my faith in Jesus Christ! In the end they mentioned that they really experienced something different about us (Christians who are involved in Connect), an extraordinary, loving attitude. I could share about the Joy of having Jesus, and His promise to receive the Holy Spirit if you accept Him as your Saviour. The Christmas craft that we made with the children reminded us even more how special Jesus is, a real light in this dark world. Let us never forget the importance to tell about this Light, as it came for all mankind.”