From the Church Times:
Churches and charities are unable to help relieve the suffering
being experienced by the Greek people as the financial crisis
escalates, because their own bank accounts have been frozen.
The Senior Chaplain of St Paul's, Athens, Canon Malcolm
Bradshaw, said that the situation was "incredibly worrying.
Everyone is full of anxiety and fear. . . Charities and churches
who work with the elderly and the poor are struggling to find money
themselves. Our own bank accounts have been frozen.
"There is nothing here, no money coming in - we have been
completely cut off. We can't do much at all to support those in
He asked for prayer. "I would ask people to pray that wisdom may
prevail in Brussels and in Greece. I know we have many supporters
who will want to help us to help those who are suffering, when the
banks are open again. But will they open again? And, if they do,
will they be empty?"
Welfare provision is in near collapse, it has been reported. The
number of people using a homeless shelter in Athens has more than
doubled in five months.
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