A Journey To Serve, Share With, and Learn From Syrian Refugees

A Journey To Serve, Share With, and Learn From Syrian Refugees

In a couple of weeks, I will be traveling to the Middle East along with some good friends to connect with, serve, and work alongside Syrian refugees and those caring for them in Jordan.

Many of you know that this region and its people have had my heart for a while. Some of you have asked how you can help financially, so I’ve created a GoFundMe page. If you would like to help off-set the costs of this trip, please follow the link below.

Thank you so much! Keep us in your prayers!  If you would like more info, please click here.  It will be making post updates on our journey.

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Purim

Purim

Purim is a holiday celebrated by Jewish people for centuries to commemorate the defeat of Haman, who had plotted to have all the Jews massacred in the kingdom of the Xerxes, king of Persia. This sinister plot is revealed and ultimately stopped due to the boldness of Esther and her uncle Mordecai. You can read all about this in the Book of Esther in the Hebrew Bible. Continue reading

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Foreigners, Resident Aliens, Refugees, & The World To Come

Foreigners, Resident Aliens, Refugees, & The World To Come

In the world to come, some will finally arrive home because they were foreigners and resident aliens, refugees without a permanent home in this world.

Others will arrive in the world to come as foreigners, empty-handed refugees forced from their home, because their citizenship and possessions were of this world.

The good news for this latter group is that those who were refugees in this world will likely welcome refugees in the next.

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The Current Vetting Process for Refugees Seeking to Be Resettled In the United States

The Current Vetting Process for Refugees Seeking to Be Resettled In the United States

I am for screening or “vetting” of refugees seeking to be resettled in our country. I believe there should be in-depth processes which evaluate and validate who enters our nation, especially in times of great conflict and from areas of great conflict.

However, what I have found in the midst of the current national debate on this topic is that most people are unaware of what is already in place in terms of screening/vetting refugees. There is a high degree of assumption that whatever is in place it is not detailed enough. When I ask, “What do you think should be in place to make our system better?” the most common answers are usually related to “background checks” and “how do we know who these people are?” Continue reading

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