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Thus my childhood years went by. The solutions the enemy offered for the metaphysical problem that vexed my soul didn't have any substantial results. My agony about my soul's destiny grew all the while, and as a fire burned within me. The preaching at the small Evangelical Church at Jannina, was rather for believers. The sermons were mainly edificatory, whereas I needed evangelistic ones. There are, unfortunately, a lot of Evangelical and, perhaps, Baptist churches as well, that take for granted the gospel to be known to people called Christian at large, and limit their preaching on subjects concerning believers. But they make a big mistake. The preaching of the gospel, as presented in the New Testament, is the main mission of the church, every church that believes Christ to be its head. Besides, that is the meaning of the Greek word kerygma that is almost invariably rendered preaching in English. Kerygma is the proclamation of the saving grace of God and the call to repentance in order to salvation through faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we moved to Athens, I was fascinated by such a lot of things. The city for me was excellent then. Its buildings, neoclassical, decorated with statues and other artifacts all over the facades, true jewels to the eye, filled me with admiration. Then there were the numerous ancient and more modern monuments, that would be impossible for anyone to pick out some in order to make specific mention of! Athens was, and still is, full of masterpieces of art of all ages. It was the year A.D 1947. We reminisce over that Athens with painful nostalgia, as most of it, unfortunately, a couple of decades later, started being sacrificed on the altar of mammon so rapidly.

All these things, however, couldn't quench the nostalgia for Jannina that burned inside me. It was there I first met other believers of like faith, with love, real love. To me they seemed like angels. In that church I was helped very much spiritually. There were only about two or three other boys of my age with whom I could keep company and share a lot of activities. Of course friends I made of my schoolmates and classmates too, as well as of my neighborhood. Things were quite different then. People lived close one to another, and I was just like a brother with the other children of the community. I have no doubt that those of you that have been to Jannina will agree with me that it is quite a different town now. It has grown to a big and modern town in all respects, with one of the best universities in the country, and nothing reminds one of what the town was back then in my childhood years. Yes, Jannina is a beautiful and very busy town. Compared with other towns, not only of Greece, but also of other countries, that are especially advertised, there is nothing to be jealous of. The lake of Jannina, because as Pamvotis, I am afraid, few would know it, that time was full of fish, carp, blenny and eels as big as boas for which that lake is especially famous. On the little island of the lake the restaurants display them together with a lot of other fish and crustaceous creatures in big aquariums. Many times, especially the first days and weeks of our moving to that town, I would go down to the lake and as little fishing boats came from all over bringing their catch for the market, I was thinking of the sea of Galilee and the scenes we read about in the New Testament. It was, indeed a fascinating experience for me.

During the summer, as school was out, together with other boys my age, I would get my gear, usually a fishing-rod, bait etc., and early in the morning would go for a good catch. There was scarcely a time that I went home without at least one or two carps big enough to feed the whole family for a day or two. Swimming in that lake was quite another wonderful experience. It was not like swimming in the sea, of which I had no experience then. In order to keep above water you had to constantly move hands and leg the right way. But was quite a pleasure for us kids, and what was more, the water at that time was so clean that as we swam we could also drink of it if we got thirsty!

I mentioned already that the town was very busy. Shops everywhere, little factories here and there, street markets and bazaars of all sorts, as villagers from a large area around would come to sell their products and buy what they needed and couldn't find at their villages. Noise, a lot of noise around market places. So different from the quietness and serenity of the village I had been familiar with, which was only disrupted at times by a cock's crow or the bellowing of a sheep or the barking of a dog. Now, it's just that we older people are nostalgic for. To the life of a village we want to return, and those that can, do so. However, for me, a boy full of life and energy, life in a busy town was a very exciting experience.

 
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