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The Problem of White Shame How does “white shame” factor into discussions about racism in America? What one means by the term “white shame” may vary, but I will focus on something particular. I do not indicate the idea that whites are ashamed of being white. Rather, by “white shame,” I refer to the shame…

God’s Patience is For Everyone None of us know when we’re going to be called. We can’t foresee the time or the circumstances. It can be in our bleakest of days or at moments when we think we’ve achieved our maximum potential. We also can’t fully prepare for who our messenger will be, but if…

Our partners in the Middle East help a Syrian father after family loses everything in the war Like millions of other Syrians over the past several years, Badar and his family — a wife and two children — fled Syria during the ongoing devastating and violent war. Displaced from their home, they lost all of…

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…

“I sacrificed more by leaving the mission field.”  When my friend recently made this statement, I not only knew she was right; I recognized how few people realized the cost missionaries pay when returning to their home country. Far fewer churches and mission organizations talk about it. First of all, what does she mean? How…

The healing power of Christ helps Druze woman and her family open themselves to the gospel in the Middle East For many years, the Druze people in the Middle East have lived without the knowledge of Christ’s light and love. Fortunately, the faithful support of friends like you have helped our partners in the Middle…

We all need rest. We want to support you in your journey to enter into rest so we’ve created a short guide to help you reflect. Download it to your phone or device and create space to respond to each prompt. Entering Into Rest It doesn’t seem like it should make sense that being home…

There are two kinds of freedom in this world. Freedom of your body, from harm and control by external forces. And freedom of your mind, from thoughts that plague your sense of worthiness, your disserving of peace, and your right to love and prosperity. In Nepal, the “Haliya system” was responsible for the enslavement of…

Over a half-million meals have been served across India during this pandemic. Many people have been served food rations, rest, shelter, work, and dignity through the efforts of our partners. We’ve seen extraordinary ownership as pastors and churches in India have stepped out in faith to meet the needs of the people in their communities….

How can women around the globe, especially the most marginalized and vulnerable, challenge patriarchal thinking? By “patriarchy,” I refer to a system of rules, customs, and assumptions that preserve or prioritize the rights and power of men over those of women. One key component to combat patriarchy within society and the church is first understanding…

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