Manuela ter Maat
There are less a few people who really know Jesus personally. While the need for hope is high, in this country plagued by political, economic and humanitarian crises.
Manuela ter Maat is a missionary candidate for the position of Shortterm coordinator in Athens, Greece, where she has been living since autumn 2017. In 2016 she went to the island of Samos as a volunteer in the refugee camp there and was hit, not only by the need among refugees, but also by the need among the Greeks themselves. Although most of the population is Greek Orthodox, there are few people who really know Jesus personally. While the need for hope is high, in this country plagued by political, economic and humanitarian crises.
The local Protestant-Evangelical Church is developing an increasingly strong missionary vision and are actively helping almost all imaginable groups in society that need help:
Refugees and migrants
Children and young people in the neighborhood
But the churches are small and there is an incredible amount to do! The harvest is large, but the workers are few. As ECM we want to start a new mission here, to spread the hope and love of Christ, to encourage and support the local Christians in their missionary activities, and to equip them with a shining light and a salty salt.
The first step that we, as ECM, want to set in this and what Manuela will set up and coordinate, is to receive short-term teams and let them participate in the various local projects that are already there. The goal is that both local Christians are supported, built up and encouraged, and that all volunteers also have a life-changing experience that helps them to grow in their faith and become more in God's image. Manuela's task in this is that she develops and maintains contacts with the local authorities and the participants, takes care of the program, ensures that everything is arranged and offers spiritual guidance.