I understand that a number of you have been inquiring about what life is like for a mission co-worker in one of the countries worst-hit by COVID-19.Read more
Mediterranean Hope (MH) is a project conceived by the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy (FCEI). The project began in early 2014 as a response to the challenging situations of Mediterranean migrants. Many refugees are arriving from North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East to the Italian coasts and in particular, the Italian island of Lampedusa.Read more
Written by Fiona Kendall, European and Legal Affairs Advisor, Mediterranean Hope
and Mission Co-Worker jointly appointed by Global Ministries and the Church of Scotland
As the world faces a new challenge, this seems an appropriate time to write to you all with an update on the work being carried out by Mediterranean Hope (MH) and how we are experiencing the current situation. Tough operational decisions have had to be made within a rapid time-frame. However, we remain committed to carrying out what work we can with due regard for the current health situation and attendant measures. [See below for ways to support these efforts.]Read more
Coronavirus, Faith beyond Fear
The Waldensian Table
Torre Pellice, Italy, February the 28th, 2020
[Letter translated from the original Italian]
Dear Sisters, dear Brothers in Christ,
Until last week our life was as usual, as were out habits: family community and church commitments, work, study, running the house, caring for your children and grandchildren, volunteer work, meetings with associations and programming, then the Coronavirus infection that had struck China a few months ago suddenly became real, something we have to deal with, with calm and wisdom.Read more
Hijitos míos, no amemos de palabra ni de lengua, sino de hecho y en verdad.
I Juan 3: 18
Rome (NEV-Italian Protestant News) January 24, 2020 – Mediterranean Hope in the US, at the border with Mexico, for a “border to border” exchange of practice and experience.
Two staff members from the FCEI’s Refugee and Migrant program, Fiona Kendall* and Francesco Piobbichi, recently concluded a trip to Sahuarita, Arizona. From 16th to 18th January, they were guests at two important events in the calendar of North American migration activists, namely, the Common Ground on the Border festival and the Border Issues Fair, now in its seventeenth year.
It is astonishing to find that we are almost at the close of the year. It is now cold and crisp in Rome, where beautiful Christmas lights invest the plainest streets with excitement and hope.Read more
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) and Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) have endorsed again the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Article 3 of the Universal Declaration states that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” One of the central concerns of churches is the sanctity of life and inviolable dignity of every human being created in the image of God.Read more
Lampedusa: Events of the last few weeks
Leggi in italiano Rome (NEV), 18 October 2019 – After the commemorations of 3 October, Lampedusa has fallen back into its tragic routine. In the last two weeks, 20 people died in the Mediterranean, their bodies were recovered by the coastguard and brought to the island. As for the landings, in the same period 21 fortunate people made it safely. Read more....Read more