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“The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen – A Review

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 […]

February 21st, 2017|Europe, Nashville|0 Comments

God is Near

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 […]

February 14th, 2017|Europe|0 Comments

A Refugee Family

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.

They […]

December 19th, 2016|Europe, Iraq, Nashville|Comments Off on A Refugee Family

The Mustard Seed

I’m a Chicago Cubs fan. Last week was a good week. I saw that over five million people attended the Cubs World Series victory parade. Someone told me it was the 7th largest gathering of people in world history. I have no idea if that’s true, but that IS a lot of people celebrating […]

November 8th, 2016|Europe|Comments Off on The Mustard Seed

I am Descended from a Refugee

Imagine a teenage boy whose country has been ripped apart by a war that has rocked the world. His family is destitute and eager to get out of a place where they are still being persecuted. The war has brought them nothing but poverty and death. They can’t afford to send everyone though, they […]

October 10th, 2016|Europe|Comments Off on I am Descended from a Refugee

20 Questions in Greece – Chrissie

Chrissie is a mother of 4 and the life of the party. She and her family spent two months in Greece partnering with our refugee friends to feed the hungry, to entertain kids, and to love those dealing with grief and trauma past and present. She’s fun, crazy, and a real person. Here are 20 […]

October 3rd, 2016|Europe|Comments Off on 20 Questions in Greece – Chrissie

20 Questions in Greece – Elizabeth

Elizabeth spent two months of her summer break from college teaching English and helping out with various refugee projects in Athens. She was able to form deep friendships and make great friends. She left part of her heart in Athens with her new refugee friends and family.
20 Questions

What keeps you up at night? Things I haven’t […]

September 26th, 2016|Europe|Comments Off on 20 Questions in Greece – Elizabeth

A Glimpse of Heaven

Elizabeth was part of our team living in Athens for two months this summer. 

I have been back in America for a week now, and my thoughts are constantly returning to the friends I left in Athens. So many of these moments and relationships are cherished in my heart – many of them in a […]

September 19th, 2016|Europe|Comments Off on A Glimpse of Heaven

Choosing Gratitude in Greece

One team member recently wrote:

“Back in ‘Merica today and feeling WEIRD. So very glad to see my people here but aching for the family I left behind. Pretty sure this is just the beginning of a lifetime of having my heart invested all across the map. A part of me hates the tension, the […]

August 8th, 2016|Europe|Comments Off on Choosing Gratitude in Greece

Make a Greek Orzo Salad

As humans we spend a lot of time on food. Our team in Greece is no different as they spend a lot of time on food for themselves and others. We’ve found a few recipes that our teams have really loved. Here’s an easy Orzo Salad for you to add to your repertoire!

1. Start with 1lb of […]

August 5th, 2016|Europe|Comments Off on Make a Greek Orzo Salad