Europe

Waiting with Refugees in Greece

Borders.

The flight from Mytilini to Athens forty minutes. The flight from Athens to Frankfurt three hours. Means to pay for an airline ticket and valid USA passport gave me the privilege to travel efficiently, freely without fear, in the light of day, with any possessions I want to carry. The flight from Athens to […]

February 27th, 2018|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Waiting with Refugees in Greece

Doing Everything and Nothing

Everything and Nothing
Today, I did everything and nothing. That’s what keeps running through my head as I reflect back on my first day. I can’t possibly put into words what it was like – pictures, videos, things you read before you come – nothing described it the way I experienced it. And listening tonight […]

February 6th, 2018|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Doing Everything and Nothing

Building Bridges in Greece

In Greece, we have begun working with a large refugee community in a small town in the north. We will be going back regularly with teams to help with a refugee preschool program, adult English classes, and even a science and engineering workshop for refugee teenagers.
Here at SGI, God has blessed us with […]

December 5th, 2017|Categories: Europe, Home Office|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Building Bridges in Greece

Backpacks for Refugees!

Help Refugee Kids Go to School

There are over 3.4 million refugees now living in Turkey, making Turkey the host country with the largest population of refugees in the world. Most of these people live outside camps in various cities and towns across the country.

Given how long these wars have been going on, most of […]

September 21st, 2017|Categories: Europe|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Backpacks for Refugees!

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

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!