Greece mapAglow Leader: Parthena Leptokaridou
National Committee

Capital: Athens


  • Pray for the Aglow groups and leaders to be strengthened.
  • Pray for all the resources and creativity needed to fulfill the intentions of God in the nation of Greece.
  • Pray for the Aglow prayer group in the Capital city.
  • Pray for godly government leaders. Blessed is the nation whose God is The Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. Psalm 33:12


  • Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 60:1,2 (NKJV)
  • Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is he King of glory. Selah Psalm 24:9-10 (NKJV)

 Interesting Facts About Greece

Greece flagBackground: Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1830. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations. In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and other anti-communist and communist rebels. Following the latter’s defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952. In 1967, a group of military officers seized power, establishing a military dictatorship that suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country.

In 1974 following the collapse of the dictatorship, democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy. In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in 2001. Greece has suffered a severe economic crisis since late 2009, due to nearly a decade of chronic overspending and structural rigidities. Beginning in 2010, Greece entered three bailout agreements – with the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB), the IMF, and the third in 2015 with the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) – worth in total about $300 billion. The Greek Government formally exited the third bailout in August 2018.

Government Type: parliamentary republic

Population: 10,569,703 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnic Groups: Greek 91.6%, Albanian 4.4%, other 4% (2011)

Languages: Greek (official) 99%, other (includes English and French) 1%

Religions: Greek Orthodox (official) 81-90%, Muslim 2%, other 3%, none 4-15%, unspecified 1% (2015 est.)

Interesting Facts information from the website. Read more about Greece


  1. Maria Schaefer on June 15, 2019 at 2:26 am

    I am coming to Greece with a friend in the fall. Do you speak English?

    • Amalia Balch on April 23, 2021 at 10:42 pm

      Dear Parthena Leptokaridou,

      My name is Amalia. I have served through Aglow in several positions throughout the years, as secretary, local president, and on state and regional boards, during my years with the Aglow ministry. Year ago, I spoke to the Aglow women in Thessaloniki (1992), whose then president was Alexandra. Over time we lost contact with one another. The purpose of this note is to inquire if this chapter is still operative and, if so, to hopefully connect with its current president. While in Thessaloniki, I took several photos of the women. Fast forward to the present. I have currently written my memoir and wanted to include one of the pictures taken of the Thessaloniki women, but need permission no do so. I am not sure HOW to go about obtaining this. Perhaps you might be able to better direct me. I am much appreciative of any assistance you might offer. As my book is nearing printing, time is of essence to hear back. Thank you, Parthena, for your attention and help in this matter. Blessings, Amalia Balch

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