To Those Who Left; To Those Who Stayed

To those of you who left America this summer... Know that the hardest part about leaving will be returning; know that the reverse-culture shock will often hit you harder than the initial culture shock of a new country; know that your thoughts might be irrational and offensive to others as you process your trip; have … Continue reading To Those Who Left; To Those Who Stayed

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Something Irresistible—The Journey of a Syrian Refugee

Grenoble, France—June 13, 2017 Grant: Tell me your story. Philip: I’m from Syria. I lived in Damascus, the capital of Syria. I’m from a Muslim background. My family is originally from the Syrian coast. I was born in 1990 and my family was close-to-Atheist. We haven’t practiced the Islamic rituals. Because of the Communist influence … Continue reading Something Irresistible—The Journey of a Syrian Refugee

Behind the Veil of Villeneuve {Photo Story #1}

We spent hours in prayer and worship amidst our time in Villeneuve knowing that without it our time would be wasted. Ministry, especially cross-cultural, must be seasoned with prayer before, during, and after. "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective"  —James 5:16b.      “Today we labored in prayer for hours in Villeneuve, … Continue reading Behind the Veil of Villeneuve {Photo Story #1}

The Sin of Safety: Why Accepting Refugees Shouldn’t Be a Question

Last month I wrote the first of (hopefully) three blogs addressing current issues I see hindering the witness of the Church today. The first being our view on race which you can read here. The second, which I will be focusing on today, is our view of the foreigner. Should America accept refugees? Talk about … Continue reading The Sin of Safety: Why Accepting Refugees Shouldn’t Be a Question

Why We Should All Remember January 27th {with tears}

Many dates stick in people’s memories—February 14th, July 4th, December 25th—but I doubt January 27th is one that stands out in yours.  For most, this date is insignificant. So much so that one website diminishes the importance of the day down to "Chocolate Cake Day"1. The day comes and goes each year with little or no acknowledgement. But for some, this day is … Continue reading Why We Should All Remember January 27th {with tears}