Greece’s Economic Woes Will Hurt Many People

Some call it a modern-day Greek tragedy; others refer to it as the new normal for the country of Greece. Because my wife, Janice, and I moved to Athens, Greece, in 2005 and lived there for more than nine years and have many friends affected by it, we call it the...
Profiles in Goodwill: Bob Newell

Profiles in Goodwill: Bob Newell

Bob Newell, formerly ministry coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in Athens, Greece, has recently relocated to Texas, where he will continue his work with PORTA–the Albania House in Athens. Bob’s articles that have appeared on...

An Open Door, A Place of Welcome and Hope

When we founded PORTA–the Albania House in Athens, we chose its name for strategic reasons. Porta is found in both the Greek and Albanian languages, meaning door or gate. We knew that this word would help to open a larger universe of possibility for Albanians....

When Opposing Sides Find Middle Ground, We All Win

On Dec. 1, 1990, Phillippe Cozette, a French construction worker, reached a grimy hand through a tiny crack in a rock wall and grabbed the similarly dirty hand of Graham Fagg of Great Britain. That handshake, between a Frenchman and an Englishman, with its careful...

True Ministry: A Joint Enterprise as Easy as ABCD

For the first time since before we opened PORTA–the Albania House in Athens seven years ago, we planned a paint day and a work day. Because we want to leave the facilities in the best possible shape when we depart this field and relocate to Texas in September, and...