Organization: One Collective, Refugee Ministry
About This Ministry:
Scott and Vicki were both brought up in wonderful godly homes; Vicki grew up in Seattle, and Scott grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They met at International Teams training in the Chicago area in the Fall of 1986. They had both signed up for the refugee ministry team in Vienna, Austria. After ministering there for a year, they returned to America to get married, then served for two more years in Austria. In the Spring of 1990, they received a call from the I.T. headquarters asking them to consider moving to Athens, Greece, to start a team to begin a similar refugee work. The need was great and there was no work happening with the refugees there. Though not interested in the least (they were very happy in Austria), they said they would pray about it. The Lord quickly changed both of their hearts! They moved to Athens in September of 1990.
Starting a team was not a quick and easy task. Over the years, however, the Lord brought a great, gifted group of people for the McCrackens to work with and they became family. Though the refugees come from all over (the Middle East, Africa, former Eastern block), most of the refugees are from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Kurdistan. A Greek non-profit was established (called “Helping Hands”) and most of the ministries were run out of the ministry facility: the Athens Refugee Center (A.R.C.). Hundreds every week visit the center for food distribution, clothing, English and Greek classes, Bible studies, “Jesus” film showings, tea and conversation, and Gospel messages and testimonies. They were amazed at the openness of these needy people! Many accepted Christ as their Saviour and shared their faith with others! In November of 2011, Scott and Vicki transitioned off of the “Helping Hands” team and began developing a new team (called “The Stream Team”) that focused on discipleship and leadership training of refugees and immigrant leaders in Athens and beyond.
They currently reside in Oregon, working with refugees and developing leaders. Their goal is to bring people together in their town to ensure that no one is invisible and that everyone has access to food, freedom, and forgiveness. This is part of the PREVENTION side of their anti-trafficking efforts, dovetailing nicely with their Integrated Community Transformation mission. They envision their hometown becoming a community where children are less vulnerable to being trafficked and adults do not want to traffick kids.
Scott – July 30
Vicki – July 10
Kendra – Sept. 4,1989
Cody – March 26,1992
Kyle – Jan. 14,1994
Will – Aug. 5, 1998