November 4, 2015



The church here has been going well. Now that the summer is past, people are not going to their villages/beaches as much anymore which means more steady attendance in church. Even Wednesday evening Bible studies have seen a few regular attenders. Even on nights when there are bus strikes or pouring rain, people still come out and that has been a tremendous blessing! The church is currently made up of people from many different places – Holland, Sweden, Afghanistan, and Greece. Yet, even though some do not speak Greek and some do not speak English, the unity in service and fellowship has been a real blessing. The family from Holland recently brought a visitor to church that was visiting from Holland to work with the Syrian refugees and they had been witnessing to him at home and the sermon the Lord had given to me for that Sunday was exactly in line with what they had been talking to him about. Please pray that God would continue to work in his heart!

During one of the recent services, one of our men, Elia, gave testimony to how he was recently with a couple of refugees that were coming through here on their way from Syria to Germany and that he and a friend kept them with them for the night. They stayed up talking most of the night as Elia talked to them about Islam and how he got saved and gave them the Gospel and what the true Word of God is. He had translated a couple of my father-in-law’s tracts for Muslims a couple of years ago and he had remembered and used all of that material as he dealt with these two Syrian men. While they did not get saved, he was really excited about doing this on his own. Praise the Lord for his desire and boldness!



Again, now that summer is over, things have gotten back to normal in the city as well. The crowds have returned once again and the tract distribution has been going well. Of course there are some that are upset and do not want to have anything to do with it, but that still works out for good. An example is this one older lady who insisted that I am not a Christian and she would take nothing less than my making the sign of the cross as “proof” of my Christianity. As I tried to reason with her, she continue to interrupt and proceeded to take a tract from my hand and tear it up before throwing it back at me and walking away, condemning me.

When I bent down to pick up the pieces, a young lady who had been standing nearby bent down to help me and asked if she could have one. At the same time, two young men who had also been standing near asked for some as well and listened as I gave them all the Gospel. They did not get saved that moment but they thanked me and said they would read the tracts as they caught their bus. All three of those young people stopped to listen as a result of one other person’s rejection.

Another incident was with an older man who approached me with a tract in his hand. He told me he had read it and it was very good. He said it had “great spiritual truths” within it and asked if he could have more to pass out to his friends. We started to talk and he said he is orthodox (which is what everyone here claims to be) but said he wants to talk about this some more and said he will come to church. We exchanged phone numbers and are going to meet to talk again soon. Please pray for Constantinos.

Another area we have been trying out is the refugee camp up near the border with Macedonia. This is a place where tens of thousands of refugees come through in a week, sometimes in a single day, from Syria (and other countries in the Middle East) on their way to Germany and the rest of Europe. It is a UN-run camp but there is really no organization of any kind. The other day there were at least 5,000 people there at one time and the UN people only came out of their trailer when it was time to take a group over the border. The food and clothing areas are all managed by different volunteer groups. While I do not have the liberty to stand in a single place and pass out tracts, I have complete liberty to walk around and talk to people. This includes refugees and volunteers alike. I have been up there a few times now and have had many witnesses with some of the people that are there. Elia and I just started walking around to talk to people as they waited for their chance to cross the border. Elia speaks Arabic, Farsi, and Dari (the language spoken in Afghanistan) so it is a real blessing having him there! Even though these people are refugees, they are still Muslims with many of them still hating anything about Christianity. Being able to start talking to them one-on-one in their own tongue is a wonderful avenue.

Thanks to a brother from church, we have access to some of the clothes that are being donated to this and other camps. We have ordered more Arabic tracts to begin putting in these clothes before they get dropped off. This will allow us to reach many more of these people as they make their way through various points of Europe. Please pray for these efforts!

It is truly heartbreaking to see the condition of these people and to know what they have gone through to escape their country. There are many families with children as young as a few weeks old that have gone across Turkey before getting on rubber boats to cross to a Greek island, put on ferries to Athens, and then on buses to where we meet them. There are volunteers from all over Europe that come to help here. While the physical needs need to be met and it is a blessing to see them get what they need, their spiritual condition is of far greater importance. These are people that are coming from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran and that may never have had opportunity to receive the Gospel message like we have with them now.

Please pray for Constaninos, Ahmeed, Petros, and Mike.


Our family is doing very well! We enjoyed the company of my father-in-law a few weeks ago and he preached a couple of the services while he was here. It was a blessing to get to go out with him during his time here. The children are back at school (at home) and doing well. Rachel is working with them on Greek as well and they are doing really well with their understanding of it. Our newest, Timmy, is growing and the joy of everyone who sees him!

Our family is blessed to be here and we thank God for you all every day. We do not take lightly the time, prayer, and finances given to help us be here to support this church and share the Gospel with all of those around us.

Charlie Barkowski & Family

Part of a group of Syrian refugees leaving the camp for the nearby border

Part of a group of Syrian refugees leaving the camp for the nearby border

One of the many children that come through the camp from Syria on their way to Germany

One of the many children that come through the camp from Syria on their way to Germany

A view of the field that many of the refugees wait in & where we talk to some of them

A view of the field that many of the refugees wait in & where we talk to some of them

Elia helping out at the clothing tent

Elia helping out at the clothing tent

A shot of a recent church service

A shot of a recent church service

 My father-in-law Jim Walker preaching at one of the services

My father-in-law Jim Walker preaching at one of the services

A couple of young men reading Chick tracts downtown

A couple of young men reading Chick tracts downtown

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July 4, 2015

Things have gotten much more difficult here over the course of the week. I have been out until very late at night many times this week to meet the crowds as much as I can and am constantly seeing lines at the ATMs no matter the time of the day or night as well as seeing the effect of what this situation is doing to so many people.

Along with the drain on people from the financial crisis (in case some did not know, Greeks can only withdraw a maximum of about $66 per day and the banks have been closed since last Friday, June 26) comes a mental drain as well. People just look exhausted. They are not out nearly as much anymore (more towards the end of the week than the beginning) and the cafes and restaurants have been practically empty. That is big because that was one part of the economy that never shifted, even in the worst of times. People always like to go out to eat or drink coffee and talk and they have not been doing that.

Shelves at many stores have emptied and are no longer being filled as they are not able to make payments outside of the country which prevents them from receiving imports, of which much of their inventories are.

Next week, we will begin helping people at church with foodstuffs and water as it is expected to get worse. The money will be gone from the banks by Monday morning and many places are no longer taking Greek credit cards – some are not even taking my US credit card.

During the middle of the week, people were taking Gospel tracts in droves and many coming over to talk about the Bible. That is a true blessing! As the week went on, however, people began to just take the tracts and move on quickly because they were receiving an onslaught of pamphlets relating to the vote tomorrow. The good part was that the ground was very littered with papers as people just threw them down – but the Gospel tracts were the one piece of literature that only went to the ground a couple of times!

Our family is doing well. We have stocked up on fuel, cash, and food so we should be all set in those areas (at least for a couple of weeks). Please pray for the people at church that we would be able to help them as much as possible during this time but that they would also be faithful to church in spite of this turmoil. Many people are choosing to not go out at all because of all this and I know that being in church would be a blessing and uplift their souls.

Please also pray for the conditions here. We do not know what is going to happen but we ultimately are asking that God would use this and whatever conditions follow as a way to turn people from the false gospels to the true Gospel. Please pray for that with us.

Thank you all for your continued prayer and support! It certainly means a lot knowing that there are so many praying for our family and the ministry, especially during this time.

Charlie Barkowski & family

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June 10, 2015

Thanks so much to you and the church for handling so much for us and the ministry here! It has been a relief that you are there for us as you are.

We are finally into the summer months here! This is honestly one of the best times of the year for evangelism in Thessaloniki as people come out (normally later in the morning) until very late at night. The afternoons get a little slow again but the evening hours have been a great time to get the Gospel out and witness to people and it has been going very well.

Not only do many of the Greeks hit the outdoors now but there are many tourists that are coming here as well. This has allowed me to give the Gospel to many people from around the world while being right here. This has also been true about Americans visiting the city, and they have seemed more open to hearing about God while here in Greece than they seemed to be when I was in the US!

During our nighttime evangelism, there are times that I will be in crowds so thick that I cannot even get tracts to all those around. Some of them will wait their turn to get them and one or two will stay behind to talk about it.

Please continue to pray for Cristos. We are still having some wall issues at the church and we have not been able to get it attended to lately because of scheduling issues, etc. That has actually been a good thing because Cristos (the son of the man working on the wall) has been out of town but will be back in time for the work next week. He has been very open before so please pray for him.

I was able to sit down with an Iranian man names Mohammed for several hours a couple of weeks ago. We had a mutual friend and he wanted to meet while he was visiting from Athens. He admits that he is not very religious but he did listen as I gave him the Gospel and spoke to him of the Bible for about 2 hours. He will be returning again to Thessaloniki later this year so please keep him in your prayers.

There is another man, Tsarkis, that I have been dealing with more lately. He is a very pleasant man and open to the things of God but still dealing with some confusion because of the Orthodox church.

Last month, I wrote about the Syrian refugees. We have seen a few of them lately but not the bulk of them as of yet. The good part is that Elia, a man in our church, speaks fluent Arabic and he has agreed to go with me to where they are this summer so we can speak to them in Arabic. This is a big step on Elia’s part and it is good to see him kind of excited about using his language ability for God.

Church has been going well. We are continuing to receive visitors from around Europe and we even had a honeymooning couple from the US come last Sunday! It has been really good to see how many of these Christians from all over seek out a church to attend on Sundays during their visit here and we have been blessed to have them.

We have one couple who has been coming regularly since they have moved to Thessaloniki and they are always bringing family and friends when they visit the city. They will be returning home for the summer but are already looking forward to coming back to church.

The fellowship with people at church has been very good as we learn more and more about the people and get closer to them. These are dear people that we are so privileged to minister to and we thank the Lord for each person that attends here.

It has been a joy as well to see how they have acted with our little Timmy. They see him as the “church” baby!

Someone that had been helping here in the ministry, Kayode (the man from London) has felt that it was time for him to move on so he has returned to London for a while before seeing where he believes God would have him go next. Please keep him in your prayers.

Our family is doing very well. The children have so enjoyed having the newest child around here and they are doing very well with him. My parents are currently visiting and it has been good to have them here and have my Dad go out in the city with me.

Thank You!
Thank you all for your continued prayer and support of this ministry here. It is always such a joy knowing that there are so many people who have a deep interest in this city and the Word of God going throughout it. We count it a privilege and joy to be your extension of ministry here and we very much enjoy the work that the Lord has allowed us to take part in. Thank you very much!

The Barkowski Family

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April 21, 2015


It is so good to finally be out of one of the rainiest winters in a long time (that is what the locals said). It was cold enough that people did not go out that much and certainly never wanted to stop and talk or even pull their hands out to take a tract. It was kind of a sobering thought to realize that people’s desire to stay warm was preventing them from taking something that would tell them how they could avoid hell itself.

I still was able to get a lot of tracts out and have several good witnesses during this timeframe but it is much nicer to have people hitting the streets in force once again. The Easter season softened people up a bit more so that they were much more wiling to take tracts and even stop to talk for a little while. We had so many people say they would visit church that if 1/10 of the people that said that actually showed up, we would have totally packed out the building every service. That has not been the case!

We have been doing more evangelism at night again also. The people are much more receptive then and we have more opportunity to witness with college students. They are pretty open-minded and also enjoy talking in English. Please pray for these younger people as they are more disenchanted with the current state of affairs than the older folks and are searching for something real


Leading up to the Greek Easter, I made invites for our service since this is a huge church day for them. Most of the people go to church Saturday night at midnight with some going in the morning. With our service being later in the morning, it does not take place at the same time as any other services so were hoping that some might come out of curiosity.

We passed out over 3,000 invites in the neighborhood. One of my sons was asking about all of the invites and I told him that I was passing out 3,000 letters asking people to come to church that Sunday. With the faith of a child he asked, “But where will they sit? We do not have 3,000 chairs?” 🙂

It turned out that we had a very low turnout with no visitors. A lot of people take off to their villages for that weekend and the weekend after so the city was pretty dead. We still had a wonderful service with those in attendance.

We have been getting visitors every month with some of them coming from other countries around Europe. They will visit Greece and search for a Baptist church and we are it! It has been a blessing to fellowship with other believers from around Europe. We also had one visitor who had to stay over because of a broken vehicle. He is saved but his boss was not. He invited his boss to come with him but he was not feeling well. He did tell the employee that they would make sure they would stop by again because he does want to come. Please pray for these men.

One man who comes fairly regularly as been bringing friends with him, even on Wednesdays. One man in particular loves coming and is not saved. He always has a lot of questions and is becoming more interested in learning about God. His name is George so please pray for him. The blessing has been seeing our man actually using the Bible to back up some of the things I am saying as he asked the questions.

Thank you for your prayers for those who come to church. Please pray that they would remain faithful in attendance. There was one Sunday when no one came and some Sundays where attendance was very low. Part of it is the colder weather but part is the culture of not being faithful to church in the first place, even to the Orthodox church.


Last Wednesday, we welcomed our 4th child into the world – Timothy Joel. Everything went very smoothly and Rachel is doing very well. We had a couple of language problems at various points where the doctor said something in English that was not correct, but other than that, everything went very well! My mother-in-law and a sister-in-law are spending some time here with us and have been a big help. The kids love little Timmy and we are so grateful to God for giving us this blessing. Thank you for your prayers for our family!

New Fronts Of Evangelism

We have something new and exciting to ask you to pray for. There are thousands of Syrian refugees that are being taken into Greece as of late. The government is passing them around the country and they are beginning to convert old military bases as places of living for them. Many of these refugees speak English and they are coming from a place that has been ripped apart with war and hatred. Please pray as we start to interact with these people more. The Greek Orthodox do not care about them and they are really in a place where we may be able to reach them with the Gospel. It is an amazing thing – God has allowed them to be transplanted from a place where it is very difficult to openly declare the Gospel to a place where it can have free course. Please pray for these families.

Thank you all so much for your prayer, continued interest, and giving to help the work here in Thessaloniki. We are blessed of God to be able to serve Him here and we are always thankful for your part in this ministry. The devil does not like it but we know that greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.

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February 25, 2015

December is a slower month around here for people in Thessaloniki. The universities emptied and many businesses closed on many days. For about a 8 or 9 day stretch, the streets were relatively empty. Things began to pick up again after their day of the epiphany, when they think they are celebrating the baptism of Christ. Actually, it is a big Orthodox holiday that sees thousands of the most religious line the streets near the main church and head down to the water’s edge where they have a time of blessing the waters and the throwing in of a cross to be rescued by “chosen” men. It is easily the one day of the year that I am met with the most negativity. But, the Word of God went out!

We also found out that we must have been pushing some buttons with the religious because they put out a large brochure to the people in the area of the church detailing who were are, what we are doing, and even giving our “talking points” – asking if they know where they are going to go when they die, do they know what must be done to get to Heaven, etc. They put our address in there and also their responses to our “heresies.” In fact, that is what they called us, the heretics from America. It was put out by the anti-heresy arm of the Orthodox church. Please pray that even this would make people curious enough to come for a visit to see what this “new-found heresy” is that is being preached. In a way, we were just thankful to see that the Word of the Lord is having some affect, even when we do not see an increase in numbers as a result of our labor.

We do have a blessing and answer to prayer – the Lord provided just the right amount of money for our family to obtain a small van for our growing family! The Lord knew what we needed and we were able to get the money for that. We just took possession last week and we are so thankful for the Lord’s provision and your prayers.

Since our last letter, we had an election that was called for and then the actual election. I am sure you must have seen some of the news about this election as the socialist party came to power. For us as a ministry, this was a very good thing because they want to break some of the bond between the church and the state. However, it remains to be seen what affect the new government will have on the people of Greece. Please pray that God has His way with all of this that people might be more receptive to the Gospel. We found that was the case leading up to the election and we pray it continues.

Rachel is doing well with her pregnancy and we are now just a couple of months away from the birth of our next child! Please pray for health for mommy and baby during this last period of time.

Our whole family thanks you for your support of us that enables us to serve the Lord on this side of the world. We are greatly humbled and blessed by it. You are in our prayers! Thank you for your prayers on our behalf as well.Thank you all for your prayers and support! It is greatly appreciated!

Looking for His Return,
Charlie, Rachel, Chloe, Charlie, and Daniel Barkowski

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December 23, 2014

Another year is rapidly coming to a close and marks 18 months here in Greece. It has gone by quickly and we praise the Lord for the blessing of being able to serve Him here.

As anyone who had come over to help in the project here in Thessaloniki can attest, ministering here takes a determination and perseverance. We have seen growth in the people in the church, but it has been very difficult to make headway in the city itself. We have had countless great witnesses with individuals but there is such a grip by the Orthodox church – even on the somewhat non-religious – that it can be difficult for people to take the most important step to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. We have our poles in the water with several individuals, so please continue to pray! Especially for Nikos, Nikos, Babbis, and Savas.

In November, we had a special visitor Sunday. We had really built it up to have the people invite family and friends (something they were always hesitant to do before) and they were eagerly looking forward to it. I also passed out 1,000 invitations in the immediate neighborhood for this special Sunday. Unfortunately, not one visitor showed up! Fortunately, everyone in church had invited people. That was a HUGE step! They were disappointed that no one came but we had a great time of food and fellowship after and they are looking forward to trying it again. We will have another one in a month so please pray for that!

Starting in February, we are going to begin having a special Sunday school time before the regular service for children and their parents. We are passing out invites for this and we understand we may not have any for a while, but we are really praying that God will take this opportunity to help us reach many more people in the neighborhood.

Our family is doing well! Rachel is doing well with the pregnancy. We are still looking for a reasonable vehicle to purchase for our family. Please pray that we might find the one God would have for us

Thank you all for your prayers and support! It is greatly appreciated!

Looking for His Return,
Charlie, Rachel, Chloe, Charlie, & Daniel Barkowski

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November 9, 2014

I just wanted to get you a few prayer requests for some things going on over here.

Next Sunday is a planned bring a visitor day. We have talked it up for a few weeks and there was a good bit of excitement on the part of the people in church. They have been talking about who they are planning on bringing. We are planning a time of food and fellowship after and of course will be preaching the Gospel during the service. Even a couple of people who are not as faithful as others have said they will bring someone.

Please pray that the Lord would move in the hearts of those invited and that nothing would keep them away next week (November 16). One thing I have learned about serving here is that people always say they will do something but then do not follow through. We want this opportunity for these closest friends and family members of the church people to hear the Gospel, most likely for the first time. But we also want the church people to be encouraged. Please pray they would follow through themselves in bringing their visitors.

We will also be starting to pass out invites in the neighborhood shortly to invite people to bring their children for a special Sunday School time we will be having before the church service. To not be able to minister directly to the children is something that always bothers me here (not allowed to engage the children directly). There are so many around and we ask for prayer that the Lord would work on the parents to bring their children for this special time – and that they would eventually stay for the main service as well. This new service will begin after the new year (too many people traveling around the Christmas and New Year time).

Finally, we had finished our series on Philippians a couple of weeks ago and I spoke about how the people of Philippi had given to Paul for the work when he was in Thessaloniki. I preached about how important it is to be involved in the work of furthering the Gospel of Christ around the globe and that Thessaloniki itself owes a debt for the giving of the Philippians to further Paul’s ministry here in Thessaloniki. We used that to start a missions offering that we will be taking through the end of the year for Bro. Holt. It was such a blessing to see even those without any type of money or income come and drop some change in after the service – and continue to do so. When we speak of and pray for the work in Sierra Leone, they are realizing that there are many places with more difficulties than Greece faces and it is a blessing to see them get involved in spreading the Gospel.

Thank you for taking the time to pray for these requests. We are excited to see the growth in the church and interest in getting the Gospel out. Please pray as we continue to do that here that people would get saved and grow as well.

Thanks so much and God bless!

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July 22, 2014

Back At It
We quickly got back into the routine here last month. Everything seemed like we were picking up right where we left off – except for the heat! Those of you who were here during the summer months know how extreme that sun can feel during the day! There are some days that I come home have sweated quite a lot out on the streets. 🙂

The church services have been going well. We have had some people visit for the second and third times, which is a blessing. We have also had some faithful people at every service, which is a big blessing on Wednesday night when it could very well just be our family and the translator! I have started doing the Parables of Jesus on Wednesday and Elia is really following along and learning more already. It is amazing sometimes to see how the Lord directs parts of the service as I will get some questions after that are about a comment I just made as an aside but people were really thinking about it.

One such case was with Harula, the elderly lady who comes. I had mentioned something about images and she came right up after to ask if it was a sin to make and have images like they have in the Orthodox church. It opened up a very good discussion with her and she was very sincere in her curiousity about it. These people have been in and around the Orthodox mentality all of their lives and to hear about things such as images, or icons, being wrong is something of a shock.

Last week, we had a problem with an apartment above the church building. Apparently, the occupant of the apartment had left their faucet on when they left for vacation. That meant it was dripping heavily through our ceiling. I met the landlord there and we went around to hunt down which one it was. It turned out to be a blessing because we had curious neighbors come in to expect it and I got to give them Gospel tracts and invite them to come back for service. They have not come yet, but you could see them looking around and taking the building in – and not in a bad way. They may have never thought about coming before but now that they have at least come across the threshold, they may consider coming back. Please pray for our neighbors!

One of the men in the church, Leonidas, had been gone for several months last year with a heart problem. We had been unable to contact him and were very nervous about him. When he came back, he told us about the ordeal and he still looked like he was on the road to recovery. Well, he has been faithfully coming again lately and has even come for church even when things were going on in his family that would have kept him from coming before! He is looking a lot better and very happy, so thank you for your prayers for him!

Finally, one more note about the church. Please pray for Kayode as he has been in London for a few weeks and will be returning soon. Please pray also for Tasos as he is returning next week for a while. Though the job had not worked out for him as well as he had hoped in Germany, we are very happy to have him back (and he is happy as well). He will be studying for another job for several months so please keep that in prayer.

Before we left for the US, we had started to get the ball rolling with our residence permits. When we first came here, we had plans to be gone and on to Israel at the end of the year. So, we had not put too much into the paperwork necessary to stay longer. Well, God has had different plans as our paperwork necessities for Israel are not yet done so we will get to continue to stay here and work with these people for a while! But, that meant working on paperwork. To make a very long story shorter, after 12 visits to the immigration office, visits to government offices, multiple visits to a lawyers office, the changing in demands for paperwork 5 times, and over $1,000 in fees, we have residence permits good for two years! Well, I have mine and the family has temporary ones as we wait for one final paper to come from the US. I know some of you knew about that and prayed and we are grateful!

With school and college out, a lot of the crowd that I am normally able to converse with are not around. Fortunately, I have still be able to meet several people to witness to. Please pray for a young man, Kosmos, who is an agnostic but listened very closely as I got to give him the Gospel for almost an hour. I had challenged him to come to church and he has said he might do that and he knows right where it is (always a positive!). Please also pray for Aries and Dimitris as two other men that I got to give a good Gospel witness to. And, finally, we have been able to communicate more with our immediate neighbors. I cannot write their names because I know I would mess them up (hard to understand them sometimes!) so please just pray for this family as they have small children near our kids’ ages and have been very friendly with us. The language barrier is not too bad, but pray that the Lord would help the Gospel to be fully understood and conveyed.

Thank you all once again for your prayers and your support of this work! It would really not be in the form it is today with your help and we thank God for your faithfulness. Please continue to pray for our little church as we experience some of the growing pains that all churches go through in their early existence. It is difficult for some people as it is like learning about something that they had never heard before. With that simplicity of spiritual things, there can be misunderstanding, so please pray that the church would continue to grow, spiritually as well as physically.

God bless you all!
Charlie Barkowski and family

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June 27, 2014

Over the last few weeks, there have been several new visitors. Some of these visitors have come several times. I will be meeting with a few of them in the next week to become more familiar with them and them with us.

One of the ladies that visited is currently going to a Pentecostal church but seemed convicted during the sermon and wants to come back. She has asked for prayer for a couple of things from the church. There is one thing that I would like to ask people to pray for as well – she is married to a Muslim and is praying that he will get saved.

One of the most faithful members of the church, Tasos, had to leave to go to Germany for work. It was a really sad parting. Fortunately, he needs to come back in a couple of months until the end of the year and we will be continuing our Bible studies online. He also has a nice church to go to while in Germany. Please pray for his family who is back here. His son has come to church many times and we will be getting back together with him when he returns from vacation.

There are several people that the Lord has been working with here. I do not want to list their names here but the Lord knows and I ask that you continue to pray for them and the work here.

We have been working/calling about our residency paperwork for a while now. It is amazing how confusing it can be! One of the sticking points on the list of requirements was that we needed physicals from a government hospital here. The problem is that we can actually never get to the point where we even make an appointment. We have been having friends calling and talking to doctors to see how we go about it and they keep saying that we need to know what kind of physical because there are many different ones that they require. At the same time, they say that since we are already here, we do not need to have a physical.

I went to the immigration office again today (for about the sixth time) with a friend to help me out. After a few hours, we finally have more information and have an “informal” appointment for next Thursday. Please pray about that as we all need to go down there and it will be a few hour process. Also, almost all of our Greek/English speaking friends are out of town, so please pray the one remaining will be able to help us. We will let you know how it goes!

Please pray about the finances for the church. We are running low on the money for the church and could use more money to help keep the church. Thank you for your prayers and giving!

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March 13, 2014

The last month has been a good one here in Thessaloniki. We are getting out in more areas of the city for ministry and the warmer weather is bringing many more people out during the day and night. It is great to be here in the service of the Lord!

Earlier this month, there was a special Orthodox holiday for their time of lent. It was a time when they put costumes on and ate meat – all day long! Kayode and I had a great time throughout the evening/night as we made our way through all of the heavily populated areas of the city. We were able to witness to a few people – I was able to talk to a middle-aged man from Germany (George) for a while who thinks he is saved but hates God. Lord willing, he will take to heart the things and Scriptures I gave him and realize his need for God. Kayode was able to witness to a group of young men who listened to the gospel for quite a while. We each had other witnesses with people as well. All in all, even though it was meant to be a great night for the Orthodox, it worked out to be a great night for us as well! I did tell Kayode that we should have come in costume as well – as Orthodox priests! It may have helped us even more with reception! 🙂

Some man thought he would “help” Bro. Dan out with his sketch board. :)

Some man thought he would “help” Bro. Dan out with his sketch board. :)

The nighttime ministries in the area of the old palace and near the arch have been going very well. Everytime we are down there, we get to witness to college students. Kayode has been able to meet and witness to a young JW a couple of times that we met down there. He understands the JW doctrine is not perfect, but does not want to give in quite yet. Please pray for him. We have also had some college students come up and ask where the church is because they are interested in attending. We have yet to see them come out but we are still praying for them. Please pray for them with us.

I started attending Greek classes on the other side of the city and have already had great conversations with two of the ladies about the Lord. One of them says that she will come to church. In this case, I will be with these people twice each week, so I get to keep on them about it. 🙂 There are 12 people in the class and I am making my way through the class to speak with them about the Lord. Please pray for these souls here. The other day was my first class there and we finished off the class by carrying on some Greek conversations with each other. One of the women asked me what my job was and I looked to the teacher to ask her how I would say “pastor” – I had already told her what we were doing here – and she was a little puzzled about what it might be so just told the woman that I was like a Babas (or little father, which is what they call their priests). The women got all excited and just kept saying, “Bravo, Bravo!” 🙂 At least it gives me something to work with!

Within the church, things have been improving Spiritually. One of the men has been having great witnesses with his family. One of the family members wants to speak with me about salvation next time we are together. Another man in the church told me how much he wants to leave the things in the world that he has been involved in for so long because he sees how there is no hope or joy in them. He wants to start getting together weekly for studies (which before he had kept pushing off). It has been a blessing to have several one-on-one Bible studies with some of the guys here as it has been a joy to get to know them more and see them grow. Please pray for these men.

One of the men who had been coming quite regularly, Leonidas, just disappeared around September of last year. We had tried calling him but the number said his phone was disconnected. People that knew him did not know where he was either. We have been praying quite a bit for him that he would be safe and God would bring him back one day. He finally came this past Sunday. He had had major heart surgery last year and been in the hospital for two months. Since he got out, he has been having a very slow recovery. This was the first time he had been able to come to church again and he was happy to be there. Please pray that his recovery would continue to go well. It was such a relief to see him again and know that he is (finally) doing well!

Our family is doing great. Our daughter, Chloe, got saved this past Monday night! It was such a blessing and is such a joy to have our two oldest children saved and on their way to heaven. Our oldest son, Charlie (he got saved in December), had been telling me that he had been witnessing to Chloe and telling her that she needed to get saved. I told him that night, “See, that is such a good thing you did to tell her that she needed to get saved – now she did it!” He was really happy and told me, “Dad, now she can tell someone else how to get saved and they can tell someone else and it can keep going like that. That way, soon everyone in the world will know how to get saved and want to so that everyone can go to Heaven!” Such a sweet heart from our little 4 year old! We pray his interest in souls never leaves him!

Thank you all once again for your giving and prayers for the ministry here. We are thrilled to have a small part in it and be your extension on the ground here. May God bless you for all the physical work you did here and the spiritual work you do laboring in prayer.

In Christ,
Charlie Barkowski and family

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