On the 3rd of January his Eminence Metropolitan of Didymoteichon, Orestias and Souflion Mr. Damaskinos visited military outposts at the Turkish border, escorted by commander of Division XVI General Dem. Bonoras, its Deputy Governor Stavros Stavropoulos and the General of the 21st regiment Colonel Greg. Boutliakis. His Eminence was welcomed by the men of the outposts with Christmas carols. He first expressed admiration for their readiness and their excellent conviction and then he replied with wishes and gifts. His Eminence not only had the opportunity to communicate with members of the Armed Forces but also with the ordinary soldiers to whom he pointed out that they should be proud of serving their country and its values in this very sensitive and geopolitical neuralgic area of Evros. Finally, his Eminence distributed New Testaments in military variation to everybody, offer of the Hellenic Bible Society, emphasizing the value of the Holy Gospel in the life of man.
Exarchia is a region located in the center of Athens. From the dictatorship period the area was inhabited by students and people with controversial anti-authoritarian spirit and beliefs. Today it is still full of young people, as there are many universities nearby, but also drug addicts and people living on the margins of society. It is worth noting that even today during demonstrations in the city center, small groups of people who act violently, find refuge in the area, because there is some kind of asylum from the police intervention.
The Exarchia area is full of cafes, bars and art galleries, where many young people hang out, teens that finished school, students and unemployed. Usually these people have general questions that form the basis of questioning of traditional values of the society and the authorities, as the political, judicial and religious.
Our goal is to reach those who are frequently in the area with an illustrated edition of the New Testament with images which won’t have anything in common with the stereotypes that these groups of people have in mind about God’s Word. The selection of photos have already begun and will naturally incorporate the photos that have to do with everyday life in the region, which will help readers to feel comfortable with the book, recognizing in it images of their lives.
- for the achievement of the program
- to find places (cafes, bars) that would accept to have the New Testament
- that God’s Word would play a catalytic role in people’s lives
The Metropolitan of Didymotichon and Orestias, Damaskinos, accompanied by the Deputy Commander of the XVI Division Brigadier John Makris and the Commander of the 21st Regiment Colonel Andrew Floratos visited the Greek Military Posts of Marasion and Ormenion at the tri-border of Greece-Turkey-Bulgaria.
During the past four years 40,000 New Testaments have been distributed. Support us with a donation to our Society so that we may continue this project of distributing New Testament for free to men and women of the Armed Forces.
Affection love and concern was shown to the akrites of the borders by the Church and other than sweets, they distributed New Testaments offered by the Hellenic Bible Society. The Military Post staff reciprocated to his Eminence by singing the New Year Carols, the Commander gave the Metropolitan a commemorative with the emblem of the Unit.