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The Taste of Hope After the Long Journey

  Quietly and with only the barest of necessities, a family leaves the only home they have known. They are fearful of being apprehended by authorities, so they travel at night. Moving from safe house to safe house, organized by a system of compassionate local heroes, these people sleep during the day in preparation for… Read more »

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Forced From Home

It was a chilly day 3 months ago. I had a warm coat, but the wind occasionally kicked up, making me wish I had one more layer on. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but I was ushered into a fenced off area and told, “You have 30 seconds to decide what you’re taking…. Read more »

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Do We Have to Understand Before We Intercede?

  I must admit that there is a great deal that I do not understand about the civil war in Syria. I don’t understand what grievances the Syrian people had that led to this war, or for that matter what exactly set off the entire Arab Spring. I don’t understand why the US supports the… Read more »

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Where are all the Refugees Coming From?

The news has been filled with images of Syrian refugees fleeing their homeland and arriving on the shores of Europe. But what about the millions of other refugees around the world primarily in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa?  What are their stories and where are they from?   Photo credit: Afghan Refugees, living on the… Read more »

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A Journey of a Thousand Miles

  “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Laozi, Chinese philosopher Seeking refuge requires as much courage as finding refuge and sustaining it. The first step is acknowledging that it is no longer safe to stay in a defined place. This awareness begins a long arduous journey of immense bravery. It… Read more »

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Preemptive Love Coalition

Preemptive Love Coalition’s mission is a global movement of peacemakers changing the way the world engages polarizing conflict by confronting fear with acts of love.   Our core values, or the way we accomplish our mission, falls into three different categories. Love Anyway: Yes, we all have our own politics. Yes, we have our own… Read more »

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For Such a Time as This

Twenty years ago, I sat in a church and watched a slideshow from a missionary serving in Bosnia. This was long before built-in screens and animated PowerPoint presentations. Grainy images projected on a shaky tripod as he talked about war, families torn apart, hungry children, and scars on hearts and villages. There must have been… Read more »

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Hope for Women in the Middle East

Hope isn’t always a word we associate with life for women in the Middle East.  Add a turbulent environment with the underlying belief that women are second class citizens, and you can see how a bad situation becomes worse.  In my recent trip to the Middle East, I spoke with leaders there who are working… Read more »

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Twelve Years a Refugee

Like many of you, I am still learning about the refugee crisis. These past months I have been reading news articles and commentaries on the causes, issues, and concerns surrounding not only the Syrian refugees, but refugees all around the world. I have spoken with people in the US who work with refugees who are… Read more »