Education—Childhood and Adolescent
Dimitra Geraki is a women’s minister in Greece.
When did you trust Christ?
I made my decision to trust Jesus as my Savior back in 1983 during a Christian conference in Germany. I visited the conference with my aunt, who was a Christian. While listening to a sermon I realized that what had been offered to me by God was a huge present and I couldn’t just keep on living my life without accepting it. The speaker addressed those of us who had not yet surrendered to Jesus, explaining the atonement through Jesus’ sacrifice and asking how long it would take until we would finally say “yes” to Him. I prayed aloud asking Christ to come into my life and save me. That was the beginning of my spiritual journey with Jesus.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
When I came back home to Greece after my conversion, my mother, who had been raised in a Christian home but did not have a personal relationship with Jesus, was indifferent when I talked to her about my experience. But my father reacted in a violent way when I told him that from then on, I would attend an evangelical church that was near our house. Being only 16 and still living with my family, I had to face threats that he would burn my Bible if I kept reading it and that he would even come to the church I attended to tell the pastor and the elders that I was acting against his will! This was a hard time for me, but it was also an opportunity to dig deeper in my relationship with Jesus. I kept praying and eventually my mother stood by me and this gradually made my dad calm down and let me go on with my spiritual life.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
I look forward to participating in the European Leadership Forum and its sessions on counseling so that I can be better qualified to understand myself and the characteristics of my personality as I walk in faith, as well as help and support the other women of my church and of the churches of the Koinonia of Evangelical Churches in Greece, whom I serve within the scope of my ministry. I also believe that sharing thoughts and experiences with my fellow Christians from other countries, concerning for instance issues and problems that women face in marriage and personal relationships will be beneficial not only for my sisters in my country but also for Greek women in general, whom we try to lead to Christ.
What is your ministry?
I am in charge of the women’s ministry of the Koinonia of Evangelical Churches in Greece. Our aim is to help Christian women grow spiritually and at the same time reach out to those women around us who have not yet trusted Jesus as their savior. We also feel a burden in our hearts for women of minority groups in Greece, such as the Muslim women in Thrace in the northern part of Greece.
What are your past leadership roles?
In the past, I led women’s Bible studies in my church and organized the curriculum of the Sunday school classes of my church. For the past five years I have been working with elderly people in a Christian nursing home, supporting and helping them in their battle against dementia.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I believe that the Forum will be really beneficial for my ministry. Greece in its vast majority is an Orthodox country with the Greek people being totally alienated from biblical truth. The Forum will definitely equip me to work alongside my fellow Christians for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom in my country.