Well, for starters, we’re still here and we’re still working to encourage and equip the body of Christ to love and serve our Middle Eastern and refugee neighbors.
First, in Iraq, our team is doing well and has finished out the school year. The Medes School is hoping and planning to reopen in person in the fall but will do online learning if needed. We do have team members planning to serve in the fall, but we are actively looking for more! (Apply here!)
In Greece, our national partners are still serving the refugee population who are particularly vulnerable to both health and economic difficulties. The needs continue and support for our team there is appreciated especially during this time when we are unable to send teams to work alongside them.
Locally, our summer programs have pivoted to providing crafts and books for kids to take home instead of gathering together as a group. Our fall plans largely depend on what the Metro Nashville Public schools decide. We would love to have classes in person, but are exploring distance learning for ESL as well. In the meantime, our Sew for Hope seamstresses have sewn over 4,000 masks for local clinics, churches, businesses, and first responders. We are so proud of these ladies!
How can you help? We are collecting donations for a local food pantry (see list here), we are also accepting sewing materials for our sewing program (see list here!). We also have an Amazon list of items for books and craft materials for our summer program. We are very grateful for your financial gifts as well, both for our ongoing work and especially continuing renovation of the sewing center!