My eldest in Greece

My oldest child, Sarah, is in Athens with 2 other members from our church for the next two weeks. Three years ago we sent one of our finest families to Athens to work with refugees (primarily from Central Asia) who travel to Athens in hopes of a better life. Vince and Judy have diligently served these underserved, often over-looked, members of Athenian society. Food, clothing, education and a place to shower and wash clothes are some of the practical needs that they and their team regularly meet.

In and through all of these ministries, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is being faithfully taught. God has been pleased to grant them much fruit for their labors. People are coming to faith in Christ. Lives are being transformed. A church has been planted.

Sarah is journaling her experience. You can read about it on her cleverly named blog. If the Lord brings it to mind, pray for her, Charlotte and Judy P. as they give themselves the next two weeks in making Christ known to refugees in Athens.

Tom Ascol has served as a Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, FL since 1986. Prior to moving to Florida he served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas. He has a BS degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (1979) and has also earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology for various colleges and seminaries, including Reformed Theological Seminary, the Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, African Christian University, Copperbelt Ministerial College, and Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has also served as Visiting Professor at the Nicole Institute for Baptist Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Tom serves as the President of Founders Ministries and The Institute of Public Theology. He has edited the Founders Journal, a quarterly theological publication of Founders Ministries, and has written hundreds of articles for various journals and magazines. He has been a regular contributor to TableTalk, the monthly magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He has also edited and contributed to several books, including Dear Timothy: Letters on Pastoral Ministry, The Truth and Grace Memory Books for children and  Recovering the Gospel and Reformation of Churches. He is also the author of From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist ConventionTraditional Theology and the SBC and Strong and Courageous. Tom regularly preaches and lectures at various conferences throughout the United States and other countries. In addition he regularly contributes articles to the Founders website and hosts a weekly podcast called The Sword & The Trowel. He and his wife Donna have six children along with four sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law. They have sixteen grandchildren.
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