Europe

30 Iraqis, 5 Americans, and 1 Italian Tour

I never thought of my students as backward or from an undeveloped country. They all had smartphones when I still had a flip. And if their paper was a bit too short, they were certainly tech-savvy enough to try to change the margins or font size by fractions of an inch.
That was why […]

September 19th, 2017|Categories: Europe, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 30 Iraqis, 5 Americans, and 1 Italian Tour

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

I am Descended from a Refugee

Imagine a teenage boy whose country has been ripped apart by a war that has rocked the world. His family is destitute and eager to get out of a place where they are still being persecuted. The war has brought them nothing but poverty and death. They can’t afford to send everyone though, they […]

October 10th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on I am Descended from a Refugee

Make a Greek Orzo Salad

As humans we spend a lot of time on food. Our team in Greece is no different as they spend a lot of time on food for themselves and others. We’ve found a few recipes that our teams have really loved. Here’s an easy Orzo Salad for you to add to your repertoire!

1. Start with 1lb of […]

August 5th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Make a Greek Orzo Salad

10 Ways to Pray for Refugees

So often we feel helpless and unable to do anything in the face of so much suffering. But you can and do have a role. Prayer is powerful and effective. 

Pray for refugees to have patience in the slow process.
Pray for protection in the camps that are overfull and under supervised.
Pray for […]

July 29th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on 10 Ways to Pray for Refugees

How to Order a Pizza

Our work at the center is still going very well. We have had people showing up nearly every day except Friday for English lessons. But today almost no one has appeared because the metro is on strike.

I have loved teaching much more than I thought I would, which is good because it is a much larger […]

July 25th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on How to Order a Pizza

Abundance and Scarcity

By Andy McNeely

Today was filled with emotions as so much of the trip has been. Sorrow for the plight of the homeless refugees, joy with our new Syrian friends, and shock at the ability of people to survive. The most recurring emotion I have had over the duration of our trip has been that […]

May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Abundance and Scarcity

Serving Refugees in Athens

There’s a lot going on in lots of different places with refugees in Athens. One of our short term teams has been there this past week and they have seen first-hand the incredible suffering and struggles of the refugees and immigrants that now crowd Greece. It’s a hard place to be, but they are glad […]

March 15th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Serving Refugees in Athens

Athens Refugee Work and Macedonian Border

Food Distribution
Today, we cleaned up Victoria Square. We swept, picked out trash from among the bushes and plants and filled up four large bags. A couple of the young Algerian men helped out as they realized how disrespectful it was, culturally, to leave an older woman like Nihad, to sweep up after them. In […]

February 13th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Athens Refugee Work and Macedonian Border

Refugees in Europe and Mama Nihad

Mama Nihad
Today, Nihad assisted the Salvation Army in sorting more clothing donations and assisted some of the women volunteers in preparing decorations for the refugees coming to the day center. She went out to the Square and helped Boat Refugee Foundation to distribute tea. Nihad purchased cold medication for young men that had caught […]

February 5th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Refugees in Europe and Mama Nihad