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Walk and Talk in the Park

South Nashville is home to many refugee women who would love the chance to get out and exercise, practice their English, and make a new friend.
Grab your walking shoes and join us Saturday mornings this fall at Coleman Park for Walk & Talk.
Opportunities for exercise and fellowship are very limited for these ladies, […]

September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Nashville|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Walk and Talk in the Park

Where Do Almonds Come From?

Awake Before Dawn
I  knew it was near daylight since the village mullah was giving the call to prayer over the loudspeaker. I thought it was considerate of him to call so quietly so that if you were awake you would know it was time to come, but there was no way that gentle voice […]

September 5th, 2017|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Where Do Almonds Come From?

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

The Mustard Seed

I’m a Chicago Cubs fan. Last week was a good week. I saw that over five million people attended the Cubs World Series victory parade. Someone told me it was the 7th largest gathering of people in world history. I have no idea if that’s true, but that IS a lot of people celebrating […]

November 8th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Mustard Seed

Thoughts on the First Week of School

It’s quiet in the mornings

Before the student rush

The call to prayer

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November 1st, 2016|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Thoughts on the First Week of School

A Glimpse of Heaven

Elizabeth was part of our team living in Athens for two months this summer. 

I have been back in America for a week now, and my thoughts are constantly returning to the friends I left in Athens. So many of these moments and relationships are cherished in my heart – many of them in a […]

September 19th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on A Glimpse of Heaven

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

Opening My Mouth

There is nothing like necessity when it comes to communication.

The Afghan ladies who gathered at the center for the bi-weekly refugee meeting were gracious about the fact that I struggled miserably to put together a simply sentence in Farsi. As time went on, my pre-programmed, memorized phrases started to come out better as we sat around […]

June 27th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Opening My Mouth

Revealing My Heart

I have reached a wall of sorts in my ability to describe what God is doing here. He revealed something in my heart that I did not recognize in coming to Athens.

Just 16 days ago, I walked with a mindset of this being an “us and them” situation. I knew that these people were […]

June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Revealing My Heart

My Syrian Baba

Here’s a first-hand account from one of our team members one what it’s like to serve refugees in Athens. 

It’s been a whirlwind this week. It’s hard to reconcile the anxiety and hesitancy I had right before arriving to the joy that seems to course through my soul. It is not a sugar sweet happiness, […]

June 20th, 2016|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on My Syrian Baba