Bob & Janice Newell
Location: Athens, Greece
In the summer of 2007, the Newells opened Porta, a spiritual and cultural center for Albanian immigrants in Athens, whose massive influx since the 1990s has led to their discrimination in Greek society.
At Porta, also an artistic and reconciliation center, Albanians find their culture affirmed and celebrated. It is a place of belonging, learning valuable life skills and finding hope. The Newells operate Porta and are the presence of Christ among Albanian immigrants – teaching them what Christ taught, feeding the hungry, providing clothes for struggling families, and walking alongside the grieving, the sick and the imprisoned.
“Quickly, the programs of PORTA have become a valuable tool through which we can show Christ’s love to our new Albanian friends,” the Newells said. “We are constantly energized when we confront pressing human needs, dream of innovative ways to respond, implement the ideas, learn from the process and see the results that the Holy Spirit brings.”
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