Hellenic Ministries was founded by Costos Macris in 1980 in Athens, Greece. Prior to this Costos Macris, his wife and son Johnathan came to Irian Jaya in1962 to work with RBMU (Region Beyond Missionary Union).
He was a BIG man with a BIG vision and an even BIGGER faith. Wherever he went he made a huge difference. One such example was setting up a flying programme in the lakes plains because MAF couldn't handle all the requests, opening up so many areas and groups of people who had never been reached before.
After 16 years of ministry in the primitive culture and wild surroundings of Irian Jaya, Costas contracted a deadly form of hepatitis, complicated by the tropical diseases of amoebic dysentery, malaria, and filariasis. Doctors found extensive liver damage. The prognosis was imminent death. God, however, had other plans. Through the prayers of concerned friends, God healed him of every trace of all four diseases and he experienced a complete recovery, to the glory of God.
At this time Costas began seeking God earnestly for new direction, as the doctors had forbidden him to return to Irian Jaya. Throughout this year of intensive prayer, God reminded him of the spiritual needs of his own country - Greece. Costas understood then that he must return to his own people to rekindle the light of Christ's saving gospel. Why? In this ancient land of proud heritage, hardened hearts and superstition, Greek Orthodoxy had all but lost the true message of the Gospel. In obedience to God's challenge, Costas and Alky returned to their homeland and the first national Greek evangelistic and missionary organization, the Hellenic Missionary Union (HMU-now HM) was born.
The work grew quickly during the first five years. Costas immediately began doing large open-air evangelism programs, something that had never been done in modern Greece. Many in the tiny and marginalized evangelical community assumed he would be locked up for trying, as the Greek Orthodox Church exerted seemingly monolithic control over society, and the State of Greece has restrictive laws against proselytism.
The work continued to expand and Hellenic Ministries now have several missionary initiatives offering short term and long term opportunities, including: Mercy Ministries, Camps, and Operation Gideon and Operation Joshua which intends to distribute a New Testament to every home in mainland Greece and the Islands. Costas Macris went home in 2006 and his son Johnathan is now President.