The Jewish-Greek Bridge is being
rebuilt throughout the historical Mediterranean region in which Paul
traveled and preached. This month a team from Gateways Beyond Training
School in Cyprus, visited Thessaloniki to serve in the Refugee Camps and
also to minister to the Greek Churches. I helped coordinate the activities
in Berea and Thessaloniki.
When the team stepped onto the square at Berea (Acts 17:10-11), there were
a few Greek men sitting there. Immediately, they called out from afar,
"Who are you?" I responded that we were Jews and Gentiles who came to bless
Greece. With tears in his eyes, one of them said, "I remember when I was a
boy and the Nazis came to take the Jews bound to the synagogue and then to
Auschwitz. I still think about it and cry!"
Then we walked to the synagogue where the Berean Greek Jews were rounded up
and locked inside for days without food or water - the same place where the
Apostle Paul preached almost 2000 years before. As we listened to Evi, a
Greek tour guide, passionately retell this story, the whole team fell on
their knees and began to cry out to God. Suddenly, the door opened and an
Israeli tour group entered the synagogue. Spontaneously, we began to dance
together singing "Am Yisrael Chai" (The People of Israel Live!). One of the
Israelis reminded us: "Today is Israel's Independence Day!"
We went back to the square to do an evangelistic outreach. A prominent
Berean woman came with a freshly baked cake and began cutting and
distributing it to the team. She said, "I was watching you from my window
and I suddenly felt that I had to bake you a cake and bring it down to
you." Moments after that, she gave her life to the Lord! A number of men
and women prayed with us. One man who gave his heart to the Lord got healed
in his leg. We also had an in-depth conversation with a Greek Orthodox
priest who talked about the need for unity between all Christian
"Therefore many of them believed; also of honorable women which were
Greeks, and of men, not a few" (Acts 17:12).
We had a number of outreaches at the White Tower in Thessaloniki. As the
team worshiped God, I noticed a Greek woman come and stand next to me. I
began to share the gospel with her and saw that she was very hungry for
Yeshua. She prayed with me to receive Him with an open heart. Then she told
me that she suffered from severe back problems. I prayed with her for
healing, but she only received mild relief. After about 15 minutes, I felt
led to pray for her healing again. This time I had a vision of a demon
holding her back with his fingers. I cast it out in Yeshua's name and
the woman at once opened her mouth and let out a deep loud sigh as if
something had left her body. Then she cried out: "It's gone! I'm
Each day the team also went to the refugee camp on the Greek border. Many
salvations, signs, and wonders are happening among the Moslem refugees. A
Moslem woman I met extended her hand to me to show that her middle finger
was crippled and folded up. I prayed for healing and right there before our
eyes, her finger straightened out and became normal. Her daughter then
grabbed my hand and put it on her head to let me know to pray for her head
problems. Immediately she was healed and the whole family took Bibles!
I shared a message in the main Evangelical church on the restoration of
Greek identity (as they come into unity with Israel) and many told me that
their eyes were opened and that they were deeply touched. One man came to
me with tears saying, "I never heard anything like this, especially from a
woman preacher! I'm going to tell this to everyone!"
The connection between Israel and Greece is a crucial link in these last
days, even as it was in the days of Yeshua’s first disciples,
rekindling revival and restoration, advancing the Kingdom of God and
hastening the return of the Lord.
This article was previously published on 03Jun16
on the Revive Israel website