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How Your Church Can Help Refugees

The following article appeared in Christianity Today online: As I boarded an airplane for Jordan in early January to deliver medicines from MAP International to Syrian and Iraqui refugees, my church, National Presbyterian in Washington, DC, was making final plans to resettle a refugee family in the US. I was overseas helping stock Jordanian refugee […]

Your Church Can Help Legal Residents Become Citizens

The White House has announced a campaign called “Stand Stronger”a plan to help legal residents become citizens. The campaign is aimed at the approximately 8.8 million Legal Permanent Residents (known as “green card” holders) who qualify for citizenship but have never taken the final step. Because of all the debate about illegal immigration, there has […]

Go and Tell

The first time I visited a poor country I was suddenly aware of my true value to the world. I had no medical skills to help the sick. I didn’t know how to dig a well to provide clean water. I knew little about the crops that grew or how to make them more productive. […]

Believers Visit Baptism Site in Jordan

 For most Americans, Epiphany (Jan. 6) passes with little celebration. Traditionally, the 12th day of Christmas is marked by Eastern Orthodox, Catholics and some mainline Protestants as the day the three kings visited the baby Jesus. For Eastern Rite Christians, Epiphany (also called Theophany) emphasizes the revelation of Jesus as the son of God through his baptism and […]

Just a Stone’s Throw Away

You know you’re close to a border when your cell service suddenly changes and “Welcome to Israel” appears on the screen.  Except we weren’t in Israel.  We were in the northwest corner of Jordan, near the boundaries of Israel and Syria.  Borders in this region are more than lines on a map.  They mark the […]