December 25, 2012



As you can tell from the photos I sent yesterday, we had 12 adults in church, including "six full-blooded" Greeks, which included my wife and I. Stellios, the shorter almost humpback man, came, I was told, for the fourth times. Kyrie Telemachi has been the most faithful Greek to come and was present. Theodore, who has been coming to the platea the last couple weeks, also came for the very first time. On Saturday, I had Theodore hold one of the banners for about 15 minutes or so. He is in his 20's? Lastly, Kyriakos came for the first time. He is 45 years old. He received a tract from one of the ladies about 10-14 days ago. He didn't know what it was when he took it and looked at it much later. He has many burdens, heartaches, questions, and struggles. He knows fluent Greek, English, and German, having been raised and educated in German schools and universities. He took a bus Sunday morning from the east side of Thessaloniki where he lives with his father and came, approximately, 5-10 kilometers to church. I preached on Romans 8:28, Psalm 119:71, and Philippians 1:12 on why everything in life happens to us. After church, Terry, Theodore, and Stellios went their way and the rest of us nine gathered at the Logan house for lunch. Myself, Irene, Holly, and Kyriakos rode in a car and the other five took the bus from Thessaloniki to the IKEA bus station 15 minutes from the house. When they realized the next transfer bus would not be there for another 60-80 minutes, they called me. So I drove the car and picked them up. I drove, Telemachus sat in the passenger seat, and the other four turned into sardines in the back seat. Only wish we could have taken a picture of that for you to truly understand what the back seat looked like on the ride back to the house. Upon arriving, we were greeted with a very delicious meal prepared by Mrs. Koletas that more than adequately fed us. Todd was witnessing to Kyriakos before we sat down to eat. I am sure everyone here and those following the blog have been praying. During lunch, the conversation covered life, the awful Greek economy, the joblessness, the 3,000 plus Greeks that have committed suicide in the last couple years because they cannot find work to support their families and themselves, among many other things. After more conversation after lunch, it was time for Todd, Aimee, and Holly to head back to the mission house. For another hour or so, we discussed life and the Word of God. Dave, myself, Kyriakos, and Telemachus sat around the table discussing salvation. The end result was that Kyriakos bowed his head and trusted Jesus Christ to be his Saviour! After a short time of more fellowship, Bro. Dave Brown went to the mission house and my wife and I drove Telemachus and Kyriakos home. The past two and a half weeks of gospel tract distribution and preaching has produced thousands upon thousands of tracts in the hands of Greeks and dozens of conversations and gospel talks in the platea. If the same amount of effort was applied in Mexico, the Philippines, or parts of Africa, there is no doubt that we would have seen hundreds trust Christ as their Saviour. But knowing the Greek people as I do, the results of the last six months has produced great results comparable to the results we see on other fields. It is just that the Greek mind has been seared and their heart toward the gospel has been hardened. There are thousands of gospel tracts in thousands of Greek homes as I write. The holidays here, as in Amerika, are a busy time. I am praying and hoping that once the activities of the holidays are past, other Greeks will come to church and know the Saviour. For all those who think they cannot do much, just remember it was one of our ladies (we do not know who) who was willing to stand out in the platea with an outstretched arm offering a Greek gospel tract to a passer-by to receive it and allow God to use it to speak to their heart. Unfortunately, my wife and I fly out of Thessaloniki Tuesday morning to Athens for our flight back to the States. We are planning again this morning to go down to the platea to hand out tracts, New Testaments, preach, and sing. Thank you so much for all who have prayed and given to this very worthy cause. May The Lord Jesus Christ be with you and strengthen you with love, boldness, and wisdom. Amen!

Kala Christoogenna!

Your servants for Jesus' sake,

John & Irene Koletas

Refsina

Refsina

Refsina

Refsina

Refsina

Parthenon atop the Acropolis

Parthenon being worked on atop the Acropolis

December 24, 2012



Thessaloniki Agora

Thessaloniki Agora

Greek Lady Begging With Paralyzed Husband

Thessaloniki Agora

Beggar

Thessaloniki Agora

Thessaloniki Meat Market

Thessaloniki Meat Market

Thessaloniki Agora

Thessaloniki Agora

Thessaloniki Agora

Thessaloniki Clarinet Player

Thessaloniki Clarinet Player

Tract distribution

Marching Band

Bro. Dave Brown & Grk. Orthodox Lady

Mrs. Koletas Handing Out Tracts

Grk. Orth. Ladies calling us heretics

Band Singing

Band Singing

Joseph Preaching & Dave Handing Out Tracts

Joseph Preaching While David Handing Out Tracts

Grk. Orth. Lady & Mrs. Koletas Handing Out Tracts

Puppeteers Playing Dimotika Songs

Thessaloniki Platea

Thessaloniki Platea Witnessing

Thessaloniki Platea Witnessing

Handing Out Tracts & Banner Holding

Christmas Caroling

Ladies Christmas Caroling

Thessaloniki Platea

Christmas Caroling

Joseph Bench Preaching

Band Singing

Band Playing

Tract Distribution & Banner Holding

Thessaloniki Agora

Thessaloniki Vegetables, Meat, & Fish Agora

Thessaloniki Meat Market

Santa Claus is going to Hell

Bro. Brown Handing Out Tracts

Joseph Bench Preaching

23 December 2012; Stellios

23 December 2012; Telemachus, Kiriakos

23 December 2012; Terry, Todd

23 December 2012; Joseph,Terry, Dave, Amy, Holly, Stellios, Todd

Joseph, Terry, Dave, Amy, Holly, Stellios, Todd; 23 December 2012

23 December 2012; Irene, Kiriakos, Theodore, Telemachus

23 December 2012; Theodore, Telemachus

23 December 2012; Todd, Irene, Kiriakos, Theodore, Telemachus

Theodore, Joseph, Terry, Dave, Amy, Telemachus, Holly, Stellios, Todd, Irene

from Irene to you Theodore in front of Joseph, Terry, Dave, Amy, Telemachus, Amy, Stellios, Todd, Irene

Theodore kneeling, Joseph, Terry, Dave, Amy, Telemachus, Holly, Stellios, Todd, Irene, Kiriakos

December 21, 2012



This iPad that my son let me use has come in handy many times in Greece. But because I am so computer illiterate, this is now the fifth or sixth email I have re-written because I have accidentally erased the previous email. It can become quite aggravating! Especially when they were long, as this one, which was by far the longest. So here goes... again!

As you know, we picked up Bro. Dave, Bro. Todd, Sister Amy, and Sister Holly from the airport as we dropped off the Lees this past Tuesday. Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning and afternoon, we all headed down to the platea in downtown Thessaloniki and had a great time passing out tracts and conversing with many Greeks about salvation. Those times seem so far away (only three or four days removed) that I cannot recall the names at this time. I usually write people's names down when I talk to them in Amerika, but I know the Greeks would not prefer that unless they either initiate it or have given you permission. And God help you if they find out that you have taken pictures of them unawares.

I do remember talking to Yanni (John) at the fish market Wednesday and asking him about directions to any used bookstores in the area. He was very kind and friendly and gave me Greek directions on where to find some. When I handed him a gospel tract, he face lit up and he beamed a huge smile and told me how much he appreciates what we are doing. He told me several stories of how God had spared his life several times while friends of his were killed and he walked away without a scratch. He knows it was God. He told me that he would send people to our church. He told me to come back the next day after 3:00 pm so he could personally are me to the used book stores so I wouldn't get ripped off. I assured him that my mother had transfused some Jewish blood in my Greek veins and that I would be okay. I could not tell whether he was glad or not that I told him we were not Jehovah's False Witnesses.

I left Yanni and met my wife and we headed to the old book stores mingled with antique and old furniture stores. All Greeks can spot us immediately as foreigners by our clothes and backpacks. I tried to get the book seller down to 10 euros from 15, but he wouldn't go for it, so I left empty handed. As I was trying to bargain with him, I could hear a very familiar tune coming from the next door business, one of Greece's most famous Revolutionary War songs. By the time I stepped into Christos' store, he had put on a different 33 1/3 rpm record. When I mentioned the name of the song that he had just played, he was flabbergasted that I would know that song. But he told me he just finished playing the most famous Communist ballad from the Greek Civil War after WW II that uses the exact same notes but uses completely different words. I asked him if he had any old Greek dimotika folk songs he was selling. He did not, but we had a very good and long conversation. He told me he was an avowed Communist and explained to me how much he admires people like us doing what we are doing because it takes much work and courage to go against the tide. When I gave him a gospel tract and invited him to church, he realized that it's the same church that is right near his house and that he's seen before. He promised to be there this coming Sunday. On my way out of his store, he told me to wait, that he wanted to give me something. He rifled through some old LP's and handed me a double album of old Greek dimotika folk songs from his own private collection! I was speechless. He said, I'll see you Sunday.

That Wednesday evening, Bro. David Brown taught on witnessing for Jesus. What a great Bible study of courage and boldness! All the Americans and one Australian were present with Kyrios Telemachus. Right in the middle of Bro. Brown's Bible study, Fani entered the Bible study. After the service was over, he told us that George, a friend of his, had told him about us because he had received a tract downtown from someone. Fani is a saved Greek evangelical with some old fashioned beliefs. He had a great conversation with Kyrie Telemachi because they knew the same friends from the same old church. Amen! He said he enjoyed the Bible study and told us, if the church ever needs any repairs or needs something, to call him and he would fix it or do it without any charge. I overheard Kyrie Telemachi tell Bro. Brown how amazed he is at how much Bible knowledge Bro. Brown and the church here have. After church let out, the missionary team went out to eat with Kyrie Telemachi for pizza, salad, souvlaki, etc.

On Thursday morning, the van would not start. We decided to wait one more day to see if it would start and drive it to Panagioti the Honda man instead of towing it there. The men took the car in while the ladies took two buses in and met us downtown. It was a great day of witnessing and conversing with Greeks. I met Stellios, who is a very, very nice and kind man and appreciated what we were doing. He is very philosophical and we spent quite some time talking about God and salvation. He told me a famous Greek saying that my father-in-law tells me often: When you knock on deaf people's doors, do you think they will answer? Please pray that while we speak to them on the outside, the Holy Ghost of God will speak to them on the inside. Remember! No conviction, no conversion.

Wednesday, Thursday, and or Friday, I did some street preaching, as did the other men. I always finish with the Greek National Hymn. This is to let the Greeks know that we are Greek and to differentiate us from the False Jehovah Witnesses who believe in cowardice and treason instead of patriotism. A couple men had come up to me to encourage me to keep doing what we're doing and to preach louder.

There were many people who either stopped to talk with my wife and I or they were brought over by the non-Greek-speaking members of our team. There were too many to list and remember. Unlike Amerika, I make it a point not to write their names down on my 3 x 5 cards unless they initiate it or they give me permission first. God help anyone if they try taking a photo of a Greek without their permission! But several men and ladies came and voiced their encouragement for what we were doing and expressing their strong opinions about how corrupt the Greek government and the churches are.

On Thursday evening Markoula (?) and Maria, both Jehovah False Witness ladies, stopped and talked with me about the Bible, Jesus, and salvation at one of the busiest pedestrian walkways in downtown. They were some of the nicest young ladies I had ever met. We must have talked for 20 - 30 minutes. Many, many scriptures were gone over and over about the deity of Jesus Christ.

Although the low temperatures and strong winds have made it a challenge, our hearts are warmed by the response we have been getting the last couple weeks. I am personally amazed at the fact that members of the teams that have come to Greece to witness for Jesus have learned enough Greek to converse a little and / or preach in Greek! It has really been a blessing to me personally.

When we returned to the mission home (the men in the car and the women via two buses) Thursday evening, we met Bobby the oil furnace technician (whom my wife had previously called and made an appointment with us at 7:00 pm). Although I looked and thought I saw no oil, the furnace did indeed have oil and the furnace just needed to be re-set. Bobby showed my wife and I the settings and I then showed all the men the control switches and gauges Bobby showed me. One of the men tried starting the van, and the engine started! We immediately left for Panagioti the Honda man. Getting turned around on the way, we stopped at a gas station to ask for directions. When I gave one the three men tracts, one of them told me he was already saved and goes to the Evangelical church. We dropped the van off and we haven't heard from Panagioti yet.

On Friday morning, the men took the car and the ladies took two buses (again) to the platea. We set up the banners across from each other at our regular place. We were taking turns holding the banners and the men took turns preaching. While I was preaching, four big rough-looking guys walked past me about 30 - 40 feet away and one of them shouted in Greek, wait until Hrisi Avgi (Golden Dawn) comes. That is the new upstart political party that has been falsely labelled neo nazi, but is very pro nationalistic and very anti-immigrant. Sound familiar? Anyway, I shouted back, let them come. I like them. The Golden Dawn feeds, clothes, and protects Greeks only! I don't blame them, seeing most of the crimes are being committed by the immigrants and the Greeks are fed up with 25% unemployment and very difficult times.

I am not sure if I emailed you about this or if it the email was lost, but on Monday, a Greek named George called me and asked if he could come to church and that he is struggling and could use some help. I gave him the address of the church and I told him that I would ask the pastor.

I have had Greek people give me Jehovah False Witness tracts, tracts from evangelicals and Pentecostals, etc. Theodore has been coming by the last week. He is Orthodox, but he has been visiting various denominations. He can be very interruptive at times when I am speaking with other Greeks. But I have talked about his need to get saved, come to church, and help us. He has said he would come to church. He has taken tracts and has started putting them on cars and at different places, he tells me.

I gave a priest last night a tract and he was reading it for at least 50 to 75 feet as he walked away.

Today, I gave a priest a tract and he started yelling (Greek normal volume talking) at me as we exchanged a brief conversation concerning salvation. He said he was in a hurry for something, but that he would be right back to show me some scriptures on why I was wrong. I am still waiting for his return.

Nikos stopped by and we had a very good discussion for at least 20 minutes concerning God, the Bible, Jesus, salvation, and various other topics. We were reading from the Greek Bible. Nikos is, as most Greeks are, very educated in Greek history and he was very knowledgeable about many other subjects. He knows very well about the coming one-world religion to be ruled by the antichrist and the computer chip mark of the Beast. By the time he left, I gave him the Greek Bible we were reading to have when he asked me for it and we exchanged email addresses to keep in contact.

Vasili is 70 years old, walks with a cane, and he stopped and talked with me while I was holding one of the banners. He has had a very hard life. We talked for about 15 minutes. He gave me his home address and asked me to write to him from America.

Two Mormon women decided to use the corner nearest to us to peddle their Hellish garbage, so I went to the corner and interrupted them speaking with two other foreign English-speaking women and telling them about Jesus and what kind of Hellish doctrines they believe in. I gave the Canadian girl one of our home church tracts before they left and then I proceeded to barrage them (with love) with the 66 calibre AV 1611 until they decided it was time to leave the corner.

My wife and the rest of the team were continuously bringing over Greeks so that I could talk with them. I feel that my Greek has improved much these past two weeks due to my being forced to interact and speak with Greeks. Most all of the Greeks (especially the women) dress immaculately and first class (although, very unfortunately, very worldly). I amazed with how many fur coats and shopping bags I have seen coming out of stores walking past beggars on the streets. Unemployment here is about 26 percent. Taxes have gone up on everything and pensions and retirements have been slashed to unbelievable levels. Heating oil (thousands of dollars to fill up their tank) and gasoline ($8.00 to $10.00 a gallon) are through the roof. A quick glance into the bars and youthful hot spots and hangouts at night reveal a packed house on Friday and Saturday evenings. Someone's got money somewhere. When Greece entered the EU, the real estate prices skyrocketed to untouchable levels. The children were partying off their parents' equity and living high on the hog. Those times are now over. The real estate prices have collapsed. Instead of going out four or five times a week, they are now going out maybe two or three times a week? The expensive name brands are being worn by most. But the suicide rate is at its highest ever. We have witnessed demonstrations, strikes, police closing down vendors for unpaid taxes. This is the height of their Christmas season. The lights and decorations are reminiscent of Amerika. But it is a more family-oriented and a cleaner environment on the streets. Just tonight we witnessed a group of about 50 Orthodox ladies all in dresses singing spiritual Christmas carols in Greek with megaphones. There are dozens and dozens of vendors. There are guitarists and singers playing and singing and hoping for coins in their coffers. There is an ice skating rink being used quite extensively. There has been traditional folk dancing with Greeks dressed in the old folk traditional dress dancing the old Revolutionary War dances. To the consternation of many of my fundamentalist brethren, I partook in the folk dancing. There is an open air market during the morning and afternoon hours that cover, approximately, eight to ten square city blocks. You can find just about any food product, fish, nut, meat, herb, clothing, souvenir, commodity, utensil, or any other item that you are looking for. Chestnuts are roasting on open fires. Satan Claus is called Agios Vasilis (Saint Basil). Jeremiah 10 trees appear in stores and homes. It is a festive spirit. The phrase for Merry Christmas is Kala Hristoogenna, literally meaning "Good Christ's Birth." Most Greeks are too proud to take a tract. They walk past with head held high, strutting themselves toward Hell without realizing it. Praise The Lord for the many humble Greeks who have stopped to encourage us and to show interest in our endeavors.

There is so much more to write. As I said, this is only from my perspective. The other six adults could tell the same kinds of stories. I could hear Bro. Brown preaching clearly in Greek. I could hear Bro. Joseph preaching from very far away while standing on the bench seat and reading scriptures and preaching in English. The police officers walk by and have taken tracts from me. There is no doubt that an impact has been made here and the walls of Normandy are being scaled, thus far without any casualties. Soon and very soon, the beach head shall be taken. Please send reinforcements! When we have not been out in the streets handing out gospel tracts, Gospels of John, New Testaments, and Bibles, we have been busily folding tracts and stamping Greek New Testaments. The war for souls goes on and victory is in sight! Although we already have the victory because we're on the winning side! There'll be plenty of time to rest when we get back to Amerika. I commend all the teams that come over here on their own time at their own expense to try to reach the proudest, most stubborn people on earth, the people of my heritage! Zito Hellas! His Word shall not return void! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Amen and amen.

There is so much more to write, but my memory is failing me.

Your servants for Jesus' sake,

John & Irene Koletas

Puppeteer with puppet & music playing dimotika music


Ancient Roman Arch


Ancient Greek Ruins in the midst of Thessaloniki


Marching Band Playing, O Agios Vasilis Erhete

Talking with Vasili

Sister Holly holding Romans 6:23 in Greek

speaking with Vasili

Holding banner; speaking with Vasili

Bro. David Brown, Holly

Joseph, Todd, and Amy

Holding banner; speaking with Vasili

Holding banner; speaking with Vasili

Holding banner; speaking with Vasili



December 18, 2012

Greek Street Preaching; Thessaloniki Platea; December 2012

Greek National Anthem; Thessaloniki Platea; 17 December 2012

Greek Syrto; Thessaloniki Platea; 17 December 2012


From Sunday's Service:

More Love to Thee
What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Pictures:(captions provided by Pastor)

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No explanation needed

Clean Shaven

Bro. Nesti preparing to translate my sermon for 9 December 2012

Nikos Koletas' eye store in Thessaloniki

Nikos Koletas' eye store in Thessaloniki

The Lees departing & Bro. Brown, Bro. Todd, Holly, and Joy arriving

The Lees leaving and Bro. Brown, Bro. Todd, Holly,and Amy arriving 12/18/12

Mountains of Epirus, Ioannina

Mountains of Epirus, Ioannina

Mountains of Epirus, Ioannina

Mountains of Epirus, Ioannina

14 December 2012; Theo Niko's catch

15 December 2012; Theo Niko with his sword eel; delicious!

16 December 2012; Joseph, Irene, Telemachus, Lees

Sunday, 16 December 2012; Koletases, Telemachus, Lees.

Thessaloniki Platea - handing out gospel tracts

Thessaloniki Platea - Joseph preaching

Thessaloniki Platea - witnessing

Thessaloniki Platea - witnessing

Thessaloniki Platea - witnessing

Thessaloniki Platea - witnessing

Thessaloniki Platea - witnessing

Thessaloniki Platea - witnessing

From Sunday's Service:

More Love to Thee
What a Friend We Have in Jesus

December 17, 2012



On December 12, 2012, Wednesday Evening Bible Study, I taught on witnessing for Jesus and being a soul winner. Telemachus (Mr. Mikey) came and Bro. Nesti translated with the Lee family and Bro. Joseph also present.

At 5:00 am the next morning, Thursday, December 13, 2012, I picked up Bro. Nesti and drove through the mountains of western Greece and down the west coast and dropped Bro. Nesti off at the ferry boat at Andirrion, which is across the gulf from Patra so he could take the bus home. My wife and I then went to Nafpaktos (the major city in the area where my mom was born). We had a good two-hour Bible study with my cousin and his wife going over various scriptures.

Bro. Joseph and Warren went down to the platea and handed out, approximately, 600 tracts while there was a nearby protest going on.

On Friday morning,Joseph and Warren went to the platea again and handed out approximately another 600 tracts with either the same or a different protest nearby.

My wife and I left for Thessaloniki on Saturday afternoon and arrived back a little after midnight. Joseph and Warren had gone to the platea Saturday and handed out another 600 tracts.

On Sunday morning, I preached in Greek on the subject of the church being a spiritual hospital. The feedback was that Sunday morning church went smoother with my wife huddled in the back corner interpreting in English for the English-speaking people than Wednesday evening when I had to stop after every sentence so Bro. Nesti could translate for me. Attendance consisted of my wife and I, Telemachus, Haroula, Terry, Joseph, and the Lee family. The Nigerian man I prayed with last week and his friend did not attend. My wife and Haroula enjoyed seeing each other again. She didn't recognize me at first with the beard. We had a good time of fellowship before and after church there, also. My wife and I joined the Lee family and Joseph back at the mission house for pastitso, which my wife had cooked. Telemachus had a previous engagement with his son to go to a soccer game. He invited me to come along. I kindly denied his offer since we had planned for lunch and I was in need of some afternoon sleep. While at the mission house, when I went to turn on both cell phones from their silent modes, I saw for the first time I had a missed call on the church's cell phone. I immediately called the number back and introduced myself. Giorgo (George) said he had received a tract from Rachel last week and was asking if he could come to church and asking for the church address. In further talking to him, he said he was from around this area and that his wife was from my part of Greece (near Nafpaktos). He said he had four children and that they were really struggling and was wondering if our church helps people out. I informed that we could help, but that we do not give people money and I would have to talk to the pastor first. He was adamant about coming to the church this coming next Sunday. I gave him our church address and the time of service. He seemed sincere in coming and made a point of repeating the fact that he would be there. After lunch, I went back to the house and crashed for a few hours.

Your servants for Jesus' sake,

John & Irene Koletas

December 11, 2012

Monday morning, December 10, 2012, my wife and Nesti and Joseph met at the downtown platea. We handed out 1,000 tracts on a very cold and windy morning. We then returned and folded more tracts.

Tuesday morning, December 11, 2012, we went downtown to the platea and handed out another 1,000 tracts on a raining, blistering cold day. That evening, my wife and I picked up the Lee family (Warren, Rachel, four-year-old Katie, and one-year-old Ethan) from the airport, took them to the Smiley grocery store near the mission house, and took them home.

Wednesday, we all headed back downtown Thessaloniki and handed out over 1,600 tracts on a little warmer and sunny day for, approximately, four hours. This was, by far, our best day as far as conversing with Greeks. While Rachel was taking a break and sitting on a bench near the platea, two elderly ladies sat next to her and were trying to talk to her concerning the baby. She called my wife over and they asked if she was a foreigner visiting Greece. They then asked if she was working for a local company (in Greece, they pay people to hand out leaflets). My wife told them that she was passing out tracts for the church. They then asked which church. She told them the baptist church in Thessaloniki. She gave them a tract with the church name and address. She told them that we don't get paid to do this, but we come to Thessaloniki in order to show people how to get to heaven. She gave them a variety of Greek tracts. They sat at the bench reading them.

As Warren was handing out tracts, he noticed a young man who took one and sat at a bench reading it. After a few minutes, a young man named Mihali (Michael) approached Warren to talk to him. Warren walked him over to me. For the next 20 minutes, after first answering his question on James saying that works save, I gave him every scripture the Holy Spirit was bringing to my mind. He was very open and very sincere as he kept asking questions and willingly wanting to read the scriptures with me. He was almost persuaded to trust Jesus Christ as his Saviour right there. Please pray for Mihali. I saw another man standing afar off just watching us. I approached and spoke with Socrates. I discovered that he was a Jehovah False Witness and with whom Angelo had previously witnessed to. I introduced him to my wife who was born in Greece. Agni (pronounce Ah-ne, with a hard H sound) approached me and told me she was a saved Evangelical and was grateful we were out witnessing for Jesus. I conversed with another Jehovah False Witness and told him he's on his way to a real Hell with real fire and that he does not believe Jesus is God. Four elderly men converged on me within the span of about 30 seconds and then they began conversing amongst themselves sharing their own views of theology. One Greek Orthodox man took a tract, and without reading it, ripped it up and said that he was an Orthodox Christian. As he walked away, I told him that he would meet the one Who wrote those verses. Some priests took tracts, others did not. Several ladies were upset with my wife because my wife had changed her former religion and said she was trying to proselytize. Others called us heretics. By and by, it was by far the best day we had in the platea meeting and talking with Greeks about Jesus Christ and salvation.

Your servants for Jesus' sake,

John & Irene Koletas

December 10, 2012

My wife and I arrived safely In Thessaloniki, Greece, Thursday evening, approximately, 2220 hours, whereupon we were greeted by Brothers Nesti and Charlie, who drove us back to the mission house to sleep. We stayed up awhile fellowshippIng while folding gospel tracts.

Friday morning, we met Bro. Joseph from Australia. Bro. Nesti and Bro. Joseph of Australia accompanied my wife and I to downtown Thessaloniki where we walked the area, stopping at various points to pray for the city. We then returned to meet Bro. Charlie Barkowski's wife Rachel, his daughter Chloe, and their two boys Charlie and Daniel. After a brief exchange of greetings, Bro. Nesti and I followed the Barkowski's to the airport and bid them farewell.

Upon returning back to the mission house, we had lunch and then went downtown Thessaloniki to hand out, approximately, 600 gospel tracts. We then came back to the mission house, gathered our luggage, and temporarily "moved" Into the pastor's house.

Saturday morning, Bro. Nesti and Bro. Joseph of Australia came to the pastor's house where we had breakfast prepared by my wife. My wife called Harry the septic man, but was only able to leave a message. When Harry called back, I answered the phone and spoke with Harry who told me that a friend of his was going to come; and I arranged for him to come from 1100 to 1200 hours to empty the tank for 50 euros. Bro. Nesti, Bro. Joseph of Australia, and I went downtown to hand out, approximately, 900 - 1,000 gospel tracts while Irene went shopping and to return before Harry's friend George came to empty the tank. I was able to personally speak to a few Greeks and I led a Nigerian man Nikolas Tony to the Lord while his saved Nigerian friend Felix Anikan listened and looked on. They said they were unable to come to church the next day because of work, but they promised to be there the following Sunday. Upon Irene's arrival from the local stores withIn walking distance at 1050 hours, she met George who had already was In the process of emptying the septic tank. She gave him the 50 euros upon his completion. Upon our arrival from handing out tracts, we were greeted by a full table for lunch / dinner around 1500 hours. We fellowshipped and folded gospel tracts. Bro. Nesti and Bro. Joseph of Australia left for the mission house. Irene and I went over a little after 1900 hours to go over my sermon for the following morning.

Sunday morning, we picked up Nesti and Joseph of Australia and went to church. As Nesti, Joseph of Australia, and I prayed outside at the corner, Bro. Mikey Telemachus entered. We fellowshipped together before church started. We started church, prayed, sang, and preached. Bright entered during the preaching. There were a total of six adults present, which Is 300% more adults present than we had when we started our church 25 years ago! After church, we returned back to the pastor's house, had lunch, and fellowshipped until Nesti and Joseph of Australia went back to the mission home and my wife and I took Bro. Mikey to his home and came back to the pastor's house. Bro. Mikey told us his nephew Is saved and he Is going to try to arrange a meeting this coming week for us to meet and fellowship and encourage his nephew and his family to visit us at church.

We have truly enjoyed ourselves and count It an honour and a privilege to minister to the people of our heritage.

John & Irene Koletas

December 9, 2012