Our work in Greece started in 2016 when we responded to a need created by thousands of refugees traveling from their homes, across mountains and sea, to the islands and mainland of Greece.
We recognized the opportunity to help fill the physical needs and give hope in a time of need.
The work on Lesvos has changed dramatically from the days of volunteers running themselves ragged trying to house 500 people per day.
With fewer people in camp, we still work hard, but also have time to listen to a widow’s story over tea, help a child with homework in their housing unit, and get to know the mothers and fathers of camp. We expanded to more social care, education, and community engagement programs.
Our women’s ministry is operated nearly half a mile from Mavrovouni camp. It’s a home where women can come to rest, paint, cook, pick fruits and vegetables from the garden, or have a cup of ice water as they walk past.
Whether it’s one person or ten, it is a delight to have a space where volunteers and camp residents can be together as friends.
Located on the Greek island of Lesvos, Camp Mavrovouni is managed by the Hellenic Ministry of Migration and Asylum. This camp was built in 2020 after the previous camp Moria burned to the ground. We've joined hands with EuroRelief – a European relief organization – to work in various areas of camp.
The Oasis, our community center, is located half a mile from Camp Mavrovouni. It serves as a place where camp residents can come to relax, play games, have tea or ice-cold lemonade, and fellowship. We strive to make it a place of safety where people can ask questions and experience hope and love.The Oasis also serves as a gathering place for the international Christian community each Sunday.
Towards the end of 2021,
after much prayer and thought,
i58 began an internship program
based in Greece and including travel
to other countries.
Why did we start an internship program?
We see many short-term volunteers returning for a 2nd and even 3rd time because of a deep connection with the work on Lesvos. The i58 Internship Program is being initiated out of the desire to offer something more to young people who are committed to growing personally, have a long-term interest in missions, and are looking for ways to build their ‘tool-belt’ for ministry.
If interested please contact us for more information.
Interested in volunteering?
Read our guide to learn more