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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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Sexual Violence: An Oxymoron

“So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man… Read more »

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Heart Mender: Throw a Party. Save a Life

Preemptive Love is an organization I fell in love with several months back. As the world began watching in horror at the atrocities of ISIS upon people throughout the Middle East, this organization was going about their work of healing hearts and building community. Today they continue with that work as well as providing aid to refugees… 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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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 »