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 […]
Back to the Islands
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In just the last two days we have raised over $7000 dollars to provide much needed shoes, socks, and warm coats for refugees moving back to their homes in Iraq. Included in that are 207 pairs of shoes for children, 142 pairs of socks, other coats hats and gloves, and lots of undesignated […]
The recent ban on immigrants and refugees from certain parts of the world doesn’t mean we can’t love and care for those who need our help. We have teams on the ground in far away places working to help provide clothing, shelter, and schools for families who lost their homes and jobs to war […]
An opportunity to serve with SGI in Kurdistan.
Since 2014, when ISIS first encroached on Iraqi Kurdistan, Servant Group has been working with the refugees who bear the burden of this conflict. Initially we helped to start a school in a refugee camp near Dohuk, followed by another school in the recently liberated Sinjar area. […]
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.