Our brand new program, Welcome Home, is designed to help resource the local church so that it can serve Arab migrants that are new to their city with the aim of making their challenging, new life transition is easy as possible.
Last year was a defining year for us, check out more in our Year-End Review.
It’s easy for our schedules to become full quickly and the first thing to go is usually relationships, especially ones with people you don’t already have a close connection to. Here are four easy ways you can start being more intentional with relationships outside of your "tribe" this holiday season.
In Lebanon this summer, we met three people that stood out to us among the rest. A retired pastor/professor, a nurse, and a university student from Huntington, West Virginia. They were there for one reason in particular, they wanted to learn how to serve the Arab communities near them better.
Talking to people you disagree with can be challenging. For us, we find ourselves doing it on a daily basis with people who have now become some of our closest friends. You might think it's an art or a detailed science beyond your grasp, but the reality is that if you just apply a few principles it helps out a lot.
This June, we will be traveling to Lebanon for an amazing opportunity. We have been invited to join a dialogue for 5 days with a select group of regional and global leaders on the topics of persecution, minoritization, and emigration. We will also be tackling several other topics that both Christian and Muslim communities face in the area and abroad.
“We wanted to create a safe environment to talk about life, culture, and even faith,” said one Arab-Muslim student. And that’s exactly what happened. By the end of the night everyone was passing around a piece of paper collecting names and numbers so we could all stay connected.
It is tragic and it is painful. Today shouldn’t go unrecognized but by many people it will. Whatever your political position is on the issue, I think we can all agree that there is so much brokenness and pain that has come from this conflict. And I think we can both agree that this needs to end now.