Europe

Heeding the Call to Love in 2001

Heeding the Call to Love in 2001
This was a seminal year in our country, to say the least. What happened in September of 2001 colored forever the way we walk in our world, even think of our world. A large part of that came from the faith of the perpetrators. It has been argued […]

June 20th, 2017|Categories: Europe, Home Office, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Heeding the Call to Love in 2001

For the Love of Sport

From one of our short-term team members, Brian Haney, Maryland:

One of the highlights of the trip was getting to play soccer with the boys for most of the day one day. As a former soccer player, I was floored to do this. Soccer itself is the universal sport and language. Just seeing the excitement […]

April 18th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on For the Love of Sport

Adnan Asked Us to Share His Story

Adnan’s Story
Adnan has lived in Athens for about a year now. Like many others floating in the ancient Greek city, he’s from Syria. But that Syria doesn’t exist anymore. He’s been able to work some for the last few months helping medical personnel and teaching about mental health issues relating to trauma. He’s a […]

April 10th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Adnan Asked Us to Share His Story

Back to the Islands

Back to the Islands
The refugee crisis in Greece is often portrayed as connected to the war in Syria. And while Syrians do represent the majority of refugees in Europe, our team spent last week on a small Greek island in a camp that is incredibly diverse. We met refugees from as far east as Bangladesh, as far […]

April 4th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Back to the Islands

Math is Too Hard!

Math is Too Hard!
My favorite memory is of meeting Ari, a Syrian refugee.  He was 16 years old and brilliant.  As an engineer, I began asking him if he would like to study engineering.  He said, “No, math is too hard”  So I began asking him questions about math assuming he was struggling with […]

March 20th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Math is Too Hard!

Is it Your Turn to Help?

A large refugee camp on a small Greek island needs help!
We’re looking for a team of 2-4 young men to go serve for 1-3 months.

Responsibilities will include moving tents, passing out food, playing volleyball, and being the first impression of Christ to refugees from over 20 countries.

If you are interested in recruiting a team and […]

March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Is it Your Turn to Help?

Volunteering to Help Refugees in Greece

Island Team – February 2017
Each of our teams volunteering to help refugees in Greece is a bit different. Some are all from the same group or church, others are a smattering of individuals from all over the U.S. Each one ends up doing slightly different things to help refugees. But the stories and experiences […]

February 27th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Volunteering to Help Refugees in Greece

“The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen – A Review

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
I had high hopes for this book. I started reading it days after the travel ban had been put into place and then taken down. The feelings toward refugees were running high, and I was excited to read and review a book about a subset of refugees that I […]

February 21st, 2017|Categories: Europe, Nashville|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on “The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen – A Review

God is Near

I am so very thankful. Shukraan (that means thank you in Arabic).

I am still trying to put into words my thoughts and feelings about last week in Athens. The best summary I have is that it was a beautiful week, for in beauty there can be both joy and sorrow. The stories I heard […]

February 14th, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on God is Near

A Refugee Family

I know of a refugee family from the mid-East who had to flee their homeland under threat of violent death. A tyrannical ruler had sent armed men to find and murder them. In fact, it was a heartless and bloody genocide. The thugs killed dozens, maybe hundreds in the town… the family barely escaped.

They […]

December 19th, 2016|Categories: Europe, Iraq, Nashville|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on A Refugee Family