Missionary Stories

A Different Kind of Day

I have been in Lampedusa for a week. Much of that time has been filled with orienting myself to the community and the work that is to be done here. Within my first 24 hours, there was a “landing” to attend to, meaning that the Italian Coast Guard had picked up migrants in distress on the sea. Fifty young Tunisian men and boys were on board a ship that was in trouble, but all were brought safely to the port. My job, along with Mediterranean Hope staff members, was to carry water, snacks, and blankets to the Coast Guard dock to offer a tangible welcome to those in transit before they were taken to the area reception camp for governmental processing.

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Erntedank – Thanks for the harvest

It’s that time of year again: this coming Sunday is Erntedankfest – a celebration of thanksgiving for the harvest.

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What Are You Doing Today about the Future?

Today (Sept. 21), at one of the events celebrating the 28th Independence Day of Armenia, the announcer posed this question to the audience in Gyumri, the second-largest city: “Each of us must ask this: ‘What am I doing today to ensure that Armenia has a future?’” That’s a good question to ask about any endeavor in which you are involved. But it should be on the lips of Christians everywhere regarding the church and its calling in this world.

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Is Building Worth It?

Wending our way through the narrow streets of Bourj Hammoud (just outside Beirut) this week, my son and I stopped at the shop of a childhood friend of Maria’s. Usually when I pass by this fellow’s tiny workplace he’s busy at one of his sewing machines, assembling parts for shoes that are manufactured there.

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Peacemaking, Piece-by-Piece

The very last day of January saw an amazing thing happen in Lebanon. The country, whose people had gone to the polls nine months earlier to elect a new government, could finally say that they had one.

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Update from Italy

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ, our brother, whose family became sojourners in a time of violent unrest.

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Welcome to Italy

In a city of many significant staircases, the Spanish Steps represent one of the best known.  Sweeping grandly down from the church of Santissima Trinità dei Monti to Bernini’s Barcaccia fountain, this has been a place of transit and meeting since the eighteenth century. 

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Report #2 from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Report #2 from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dzemal Bijedic University

June 9, 2019

"I suspect that the wars of Yugoslav succession are now over. I am not yet convinced that the stability of the Balkans has been secured."

                -- Misha Glenny

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Holy Week in Scicli

The Holy Week procession on Tuesday evening carries a diorama of Christ on the cross through the streets of Scicli.

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Welcoming the Stranger and Loving the Neighbor

The world today is experiencing the highest level of human migration in history. Refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, and migrants are moving throughout the world in larger numbers than ever before – many due to forced migration and others due to choice.

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