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ABOUT US

Serving refugees in Athens and around Greece in the name of Jesus

OUR VISION

At Helping Hands, we strive to share the love of God in practical ways based on the example of Jesus Christ as expressed in the principles of the Holy Scriptures, God’s Word, making sure every person is “seen” and given access to food, freedom and forgiveness.

WHAT WE DO

Helping Hands is a Greek-registered non-profit, Humanitarian, Christian organisation including Greek and International volunteers whose purpose is to help meet the physical, social and spiritual needs of refugees and international minorities in the greater Athens area, regardless of their race, religion or nationality.

OUR MISSION

To bring people together to reveal Jesus to refugees by demonstrating and proclaiming the gospel, planting gospel seeds in the lives of refugees across greater Athens area that take root and bear the fruit of life transformation in Jesus Christ.

OUR CREED

Helping Hands members are coming from different Christian Faiths (confessions), but are united in the fundamental doctrines of the Holy Bible as they are summarized in the “Nicene Creed of Faith”.

 

1. I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
2. And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages. Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not created, of one essence with the Father, through whom all things were made.
3. For us and for our salvation, He came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became man.
4. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and He suffered and was buried.
5. On the third day He rose according to the Scriptures.
6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
7. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end.
8. And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father, who together with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who spoke through the prophets.
9. In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
10. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. 1
1. I expect the resurrection of the dead.
12. And the life of the age to come.


Amen.

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THEBEGINNING

In 1990, Scott McCracken came to Greece with his wife Vicki and their daughter Kendra as the director of “International Teams” in Athens.  Their vision was to work amongst Kurdish refugees in the area of Pendeli.  Soon, his vision took a new shape as he saw the needs of the refugee community grow stronger.  

 

He knew that for this ministry to have lasting potential, a Greek legal organization run by and mobilizing other Greek Christians to work amongst refugees needed to be established.  His goal was for this to be a fully Greek ministry, where foreign volunteers would assist as Greeks would run the ministry.

 

His vision became a reality and in June of 1993, Helping Hands was established with a Greek board of directors and members run by many volunteers.  Several directors blessed the ministry with their leadership over the years and eventually from his volunteer position, around the year 2000 Nikos Stefanides became the new director,  serving faithfully until his retirement in 2019, sharing whole-heartedly the ministry of Helping Hands all over the world.  He selflessly offered his time and talents in any way needed to serve and preach the good news of God’s love and saving grace to all who came through the door.  

 

The foundations these servants of God laid out for this ministry continue to support its ongoing work of ministering to the refugees that pass-through Athens.

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PRESENT
ADMINISTRATION

Helping Hands consist of a team of missionaries from different parts of the world, whose love for refugees brought them all to Athens. They support, in cooperation with the Board, daily programs in all aspects of care that we provide to our refugees.

At the moment, Helping Hands is administered by:

• A four-member Board of Directors which oversees the ministry. Its members are Greeks that are elected every two years.

• A Greek Director.

Director & Current Board of Directors - Elected January, 2022:

(In order from left to right)

Charis Kioulloglou . George Sochos . Kiki Dimitropoulou (Director) . Dimitris Boukis . James Papanagis 

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GEORGE SOCHOS

President

George Sochos holds a BA in Drama and a Diploma in Opera Studies. He worked for several years in that field with choirs, troupes, television, voice acting and the National Opera of Greece. He has also worked in various posts in the book industry. In 2007 he began working for the Hellenic Bible Society as Sales and Communications Manager. Since 2019 he has been working for the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies as Ministry Resource Facilitator. His love for continuing education includes a Certificate in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary and a number of Certificates in Leadership, Intercultural Intelligence, Systematic Church Relations, Strategic Planning, Budgeting, Importance of social media etc. He has served on the Boards of the Hellenic Actors Union (General Secretary and Executive of International Affairs) and of the National Theatre of Northern Greece (Member). He is married to Katerina, who volunteers as a midwife at refugee projects and has two grown-up children.