Student Missionary Fellowship Project
SMF’s 2020–2021 project is supporting the Petalouda Center (Greek for “butterfly”), an educational center reaching the Roma people in Athens. The Roma, colloquially known as “gypsies,” are the largest ethnic minority in Europe. When a 1990’s earthquake leveled the Athenian suburb of Ano Liosia, the Roma moved in and built shacks on the remaining foundations. Today the neighborhood is marked by poverty, dysfunction, and violence. The Petalouda Center teaches kids basic literacy skills, offers a holistic education to prepare them for integrating into Greek schools, and introduces them to Jesus. In addition to the education center, a second location serves as a community center and workshop. Here, staff members host a mothers’ group, as well as a men’s group that crafts furniture and other resources. A local Christian Roma family lives on the top floor and ministers to the community. As the Roma place their faith in Christ and are discipled by staff members, the staff hopes to see a church planted using the second floor as its gathering place.
At Missions Conference 2020, you’ll hear more from Sarah Wheway, Luciana Olivera, and Jonathan Macris. SMF will also take an offering to support the Petalouda Project and present further opportunities for prayer and partnering.
To give toward the Petalouda Center, go to https://hellenicministries.org/give/ and select "MBI Gift Fund" from the dropdown