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When Shadi and Lara got married, the Syrian war was at its worst. The couple found refuge in Lebanon but could barely sustain a living. Their life in Lebanon was severely restricted. Shadi is a skilled hairdresser but could not work in that industry because of the restrictions of their legal refugee status. Gatekeeping was…

The devastation that has ripped through Lebanon over the course of recent years is hard to encapsulate in a single story. It’s multi-faceted and far-reaching. From the influx of Syrian refugees to the explosion in Beirut’s largest port to Covid-19 which has not only forced a medical crisis, but also an economic one, this region…

Do you ever feel just plain tired? Worn out? Like you’re in a dry desert of life? Perhaps you’re feeling the darkness and cold of longer nights if it’s winter, loneliness, confinement, or the longing for something new, an escape from the monotony of the day to day life. You’re not alone. Living through a…

If you could snap our fingers to eradicate shame from the world, would you do it? Would it be a better place? This is not as easy and straight-forward a question to answer as you might think. Consider the ways that honor and shame influence our moral decision. I recently gave a talk at Redemption…

In this world, we’re very accustomed to getting the things we want quickly. Sometimes immediately. Success or even satisfaction that is forecasted to take a long time is often met with resistance. But our Mission ONE partner’s 12-year commitment to “The Cave People” of Nepal is a testament to not only patience but the power…

In many African cultures, women are still deeply embedded in a patriarchal society that demands submission, compliance, and an inherent lack of sovereignty. Many women are uneducated and rely fully on their fathers or husbands to operate within the world. This has created a systemic issue where a woman’s value is tied indiscriminately to their…

In the United States, we can sometimes take education for granted. Public schools offer a learning environment for everyone to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic. Traditional schooling has certainly gone through some massive transitions this year – but many have still had some form of access to education. Sadly, this isn’t the case across the…

Back in October, I published an article in Mission Dei Journal. I’m just not getting an opportunity to let you know about it. The title of the article is “From One Honor-Shame Culture to Another: A Proposal for Training Chinese Missionaries to Serve in Muslim Contexts.” This was probably the most challenging article/book chapter I’ve ever…

All over the world, our Mission ONE partners are experiencing life in the age of Covid. Not one member has been unaffected by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. In some cases, partners have seen job loss, while in others, hunger and disparity. As the world has reeled, millions have been left destitute, particularly in parts…

Since 2011, 5.6 million refugees have fled Syria in the wake of one of the most brutal, destructive wars in modern history. Dispersed throughout the entire neighboring region, Syrians have faced poverty, homelessness, and deep struggle as they attempt to survive in areas that are not their country of origin. Aside from the displacement, lack…

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