The beginning is always filled with hope and fraught with hazard. Whether it’s a new baby or a new business, this unlikely pair always comes along for the ride. The early years of Servant Group (1992-1995) are a great example of this. As mentioned before, the ministry began as a way to address the […]
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 […]
Where is Home Anyway?
The past six months have been a whirlwind filled with new friendships and experiences. It’s hard to remember how much things have changed since we first arrived.
Somewhere along the line, relationships developed with the students, and with it evaporated the vast majority of classroom behavior problems.
Somewhere along the line, we went […]
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 […]
People Always Ask About the Food
Team dinner was always a special event. The team of teachers in Suly would share a meal together while Skyping with the SGI team in Nashville. It was not only a time of fellowship, but of relaying news, solving problems and just keeping in touch. I got to be […]
Visiting My Daughter in Iraq (part 3)
Over the next few days we met the rest of the team and shared several meals with them. We got to meet many of the students and saw her interaction with them, their questions about everything.
We got to go shopping, both at the markets in the city, and […]
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 […]