The land which invented the Olympic Games hosted them again in 2004, but is not known for sporting prowess as much as for its shipping fleet, holiday islands and the quiet life; the land which invented philosophy remains ensnared by its lack of conclusions; the land evangelised by St. Paul is in desperate need of reevangelisation, although almost 90% consider themselves Orthodox christians.
Greece has always been one of the most difficult European countries to evangelize because of the strong cultural identification of its citizens to the Orthodox tradition, which considers itself the oldest and most pure branch of Christianity. This identity was cemented during the centuries of Byzantium, an essentially Eastern Orthodox empire which had its capital in Constantinople, and was deepened by 400 years of Ottoman Turk rule which ended in the 1830s in Southern Greece, and in the early 1900s in the North. All other Christian sects, including Roman Catholicism, are considered heretical.
Jonas King, an American Presbyterian, was the first Protestant worker in Greece, arriving in the 1800s and founding the Greek Evangelical Church. The estimated population of born-again Evangelicals in Greece is around 20,000, less than 2 tenths of one per cent of her 11 million population. There are more Jehovah Witnesses (around 50,000) than Evangelicals.
Korky Davey introduced the sketchboard to Greece in the middle 1980s, and met Dan Truitt there in 1989. Dan has been working in Greece since 89, and co-working with OACI since 1997. He and his wife Zoe, a Greek national and a lawyer, married in 1999, have one daughter, and live in Thessaloniki. They work with local churches and the local branch of Campus Crusade at the Aristotle University, at 60,000 the largest school of higher learning in Greece. They also teach, often with Korky, at the Greater Europe Mission-founded Greek Bible Institute in Athens, from which Dan graduated in 1992.