A Christian hospital in Greece looks to expand its ministry.

By March 4, 2005

Greece (MNN)–The leadership of AMG wanted to establish a medical center in northern Greece which would offer a successful combination of modern medical treatment and a spiritual approach to the sick. In April of 1975, that dream began.

Today, St. Luke’s Hospital is considered one of the best hospitals in the entire Balkan region. AMG International’s Demosthenis Kartsakas (DAY-mos-THEEN-es kart-SAK-as) says a new expansion plan will keep them competitive and their testimony sharp in a country where their faith can sometimes be a barrier. “We want to offer our patients the most modern and effective treatment and, at the same time, have the opportunity to speak to them about Christ so that we may continue the combination of modern medicine with evangelism.”

In every year of the hospital’s existence, the number of patients increases dramatically. It has become increasingly difficult to handle the large number of people seeking medical treatment.

Kartsakas says they’re adding bed space, radiology, intensive care units, outpatient surgery and dialysis facilities. Teams are raising the 20-million dollars needed for the expansion, but the project is already rolling. “We hope to start next month, and we need 24 months to complete the work. This is the final plan. We start at the beginning of April, and just two years later, we shall have everything completed.”

One unique factor that sets St. Luke’s apart is that profits from the hospital are used to support the missionary work of AMG International. Food and medical supplies are provided for AMG’s orphanage in Albania and to clinics in Romania. St. Luke’s also gave a substantial gift for the completion of AMG’s seminary in Indonesia.

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