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A brief history of AMG International
The year was 1940. The street preacher was on 9th Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd Streets in New York City. One of his listeners was George Georgakis, a photographer, who met Christ as a result of that preacher's faithfulness, and immediately sought to share his salvation with others, particularly his fellow Greeks. The Lord led him to Nicholas Lambrides, who, along with George, soon established what would become the American Mission to the Greeks, now known as AMG International.
In 1946, they extended an invitation to Spiros Zodhiates (1922-2009) to come to the United States to join them in ministry. At that time, there were two part-time employees working out of a one-room office in New York City. Initially serving as Secretary General, Zodhiates became president of the organization in 1966, upon the death of Nicholas Lambrides.
Throughout his six decades of leadership, Dr. Zodhiates demonstrated a profound commitment to the Word of God and a singular focus on accomplishing his calling faithfully. He authored numerous exegetical works in both Greek and English, edited the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, and was heard for many years on the New Testament Light radio and television programs.
Upon the retirement of Dr. Zodhiates in 2005, Paul Jenks became president of AMG, having served as CEO of the organization since 1996. Under the faithful leadership of Mr. Jenks, AMG International took advantage of a number of new opportunities for sharing the Good News.
Having a strong desire to return to ministering to the Asian people after having served as an AMG missionary in Thailand for 15 years, Mr. Jenks and his wife, Lois Zodhiates Jenks, returned to the mission field in 2013, where he continues to serve with AMG as Vice President of Asian Outreach.
Today led by Anastasios (Tasos) Ioannidis, AMG is looking ahead to exciting new opportunities for Gospel-focused, life-changing ministry in the digital age. We endeavor to meet people at the point of their need whether it be hunger, sickness, or hopelessness, and show them Jesus as the only answer to the problems of this life and the only hope for eternal life.
This goal can be achieved only as we partner with Christians who share this passion. We want to enable you to share your resources with those who are less fortunate. Let us be your tool for reaching the world for Jesus!
Spiros Zodhiates (1922-2009) was born to Greek parents on the island of Cyprus. After completing his Greek education, he attended the American University in Cairo, Egypt, The National Bible Institute (now Shelton College), and New York University. He earned is Doctor of Theology degree from Luther Rice Seminary. In addition, Dr. Zodhiates was also the recipient of several honorary doctorates.
In 1946, he came to the United States at the invitation of the American Mission to the Greeks, Inc., now known as AMG International. Dr. Zodhiates became president of the organization in 1966, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2005.
Dr. Zodhiates is a recognized authority on the Greek New Testament. His works include an edition of the Modern Greek New Testament and the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible. He authored numerous exegetical books and booklets in both the Greek and English languages, founded and published Pulpit Helps magazine, a monthly tabloid for ministers and Bible teachers, and taught for many years from the original Greek New Testament text on the New Testament Light radio and television program.
Through Dr. Zodhiates' prayer and effort, multitudes of children were cared for, many hundreds of national workers were trained and sponsored in the Gospel ministry, and countless new believers were introduced to the Good News of Jesus Christ.
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Anastasios (Tasos) Ioannidis came to AMG International in 1989, serving as Information Technologies Director, Assistant to former president, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer before becoming president of the organization in 2013.
When he was 14, his parents came to Chattanooga from Thessaloniki, Greece, to head AMG's outreach to Greek-speaking people in the United States. His father, Symeon Ioannidis, is the Editor of Greek Publications, and his mother, Anna Ioannidis, is the childcare coordinator for AMG's International Ministries Department.
Tasos has traveled extensively to various countries where AMG has ministries. In his previous role as part of AMG's leadership team, working closely with former president Paul Jenks and the organization's Board of Trustees, he has helped to shape AMG's strategies and direction.
Tasos holds a bachelor's degree from Boston University, a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He and his wife Margarita have two children: Anna attends the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Alexander attends Silverdale Baptist Academy in Chattanooga. Margarita serves as high school dean of academic administration at Silverdale Baptist Academy, and the family attends Silverdale Baptist Church.
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Jesus is not just a good man, moral teacher or historical figure. He is God in a human body.
The death of Christ demonstrated the love of God and satisfied the demands of His holiness. His perfect sacrifice paid for our sins and took them away.
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"...if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation." - Romans 10:9-10
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List below are the most common questions that we receive concerning child sponsorships. As always, if you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us directly at 800.266.4977.
Child sponsorship includes prayer and financial support for your child. It costs $32 dollars a month, or $384 a year to sponsor a child. But equally important is the prayer support that your child receives from you. This is the advantage of pairing children with sponsors - the individual attention.
Yes! We encourage you to write to your child . The letters that you write will help build a valuable relationship that your child will never forget. Usually twice a year your child will write to you.
Yes. We do ask that you send money and not gifts-in-kind because of the difficulties involved in shipping packages. The money that is sent for the child will go 100% to the child. Your child's teacher will purchase what the child needs most at that time or you may specify what you would like to have purchased for your child.
Children under the care of AMG receive a hot, nutritious meal and a snack each day. The health condition of each child is monitored carefully and vitamins are given to provide additional nutrients. Children are provided educational opportunities and are tutored if necessary. Childcare center staff members encourage children to take advantage of every opportunity they have to learn new skills. Children are given new outfits of clothing and shoes once or twice a year. Each child is given a clear presentation of the gospel, with the hope that they will become a Christian, and reach his or her world for Christ.
For children who attend childcare centers for a portion of the day and then return home, the answer is "Yes, you are the only sponsor." The only exception occurs at orphanages, where children are under the care of AMG 24 hours a day. In these cases, the cost of caring for each child is much higher, so they have three sponsors.
We understand that circumstances change and sometimes it may be necessary for you to give up your sponsorship. In this situation, notify us and we will begin looking for another sponsor for your child. Meanwhile we will continue the support from the general fund until another sponsor can be found.
While we ask that your sponsorship commitment last at least one year, the length of time during which you sponsor a child is up to you. Sponsorship programs help AMG provide food, clothing, medical care and education to children until they reach age 18. Most of the children AMG serves rely on these programs for their wellbeing. When a sponsorship lapses or is discontinued, AMG will seek out another sponsor rather than discontinue or interrupt the care for that child. Sponsors wishing to extend their relationship with a sponsored child beyond age 18 may do so if the child continues their affiliation with AMG either as a Bible student or National Worker.
AMG sponsors short-term mission trips around the world. Frequently, we will go to countries where childcare centers are located. When we go to the country where your child lives, we encourage you to participate in that trip. Short-term trips are a great way to share the love of Jesus and meet the child that you have chosen to sponsor.
If you are ready to sponsor a child now, write, call, or click here to select a particular child. Or, if you would like us to assign you the child in greatest need, simply write to us. As soon as we receive your first donation of $32, we will send you a photograph and biographical and family information about your child. If you are interested, but have more questions, click here to email your questions or call 1-800-251-7206 and ask for Anna.
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