SIMpray Kids fun facts – Greece

Our TCKs love the weather in Greece, and we can see why – Greece enjoys more than 250 days of sunshine most years!

Athens, where our TCKs live, has been continuously inhabited for more than 7,000 years making it one of the oldest European cities.

Acropolis, Athens by Anna Kurmaeva

The Ancient Greek alphabet is the oldest written language still in use today.

The Greek Isles are home to over 6000 islands but only 227 of them are inhabited. Each island has a unique culture and landscape.

Beech Marten by Stanislaw Szydlo
Cypriot Mouflon by Rafal Danhoffer

Greece is home to many unique animals such as the Beech Marten and the Cypriot Mouflon. Some of these animals are only found on specific Greek islands.

Fist bump by Ashkan Forouzani

It is considered rude to wave with an open palm. Instead, people greet others with a closed palm or fist bump.

Greek dancing by Kurayba

There are 4,000 different kinds of traditional dance practised throughout the country.

Birthday by Jorge Ibanez

Name Days are celebrated more than birthdays. Most common Greek names are based on religious saints. On the days that a saint is celebrated in the Orthodox church, anyone named after that saint celebrates his or her “Name Day.”

The ancient Greeks believed in multiple Greek Gods, and even today there is a lot of superstition. Many people wear a piece of jewellery featuring an eye. This is called the ‘evil eye’ and is worn to protect the wearer from being cursed. It is thought that a certain type of look or glare can cause bad luck or loss.

Eye charms by Tom Podmore

Thank God that we as Christians believe in one true God who is greater than any superstition or evil scheme. This song by Rend Co Kids highlights a number of stories in the Bible that show that our God is greater than anything we fear or face. You can read in Ephesians 6:10-18 in the Bible about the armour God gives us to protect us in the battles we face. This colouring sheet from Ministry to Children is to help you remember these Bible truths.

Pray for our families serving around the world that they will know today that they serve a God who is bigger than any of the challenges they face in sharing the good news of Jesus with people who’ve not heard it before.

This page was created as part of our SIMpray Kids monthly prayer email. If you would like to pray regularly with our mission families serving around the world, please click here.