Bob & Janice Newell
Location: Athens, Greece
Home state: Mississippi
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.