Ok, so when we do “Strong Kids / Strong Emotions” for Iraqi and Syrian refugee kids, we have learned that the space we set aside for creative play and expression through arts & crafts has truly been restorative and healing space for our kids. It was a lot of fun this morning to see the […]
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Ok, so today we began our second eight-week pilot for “Strong Kids / Strong Emotions.” It’s a play-based trauma resiliency program for Iraqi and Syria refugee kids put on by MECC and Our Lady Dispensary. This time, our weekly sessions are developed and facilitated by Rana, a child psychologist. I still am actively involved and […]
Hey, Everybody! I’m trying to get in better practice of using this Blog to give a weekly(ish) “Head’s Up” on the Nuts & Bolts of things going on with our work. This week we got a message from Presbyterian World Mission headquarters informing us that we are well on track with our fundraising goals and […]
Ok, so the last few months I’ve been shopping more at Bitar Market, a joint that sells fruit and vegetables (Fawaka w Xudrda) near my apartment. My customer loyalty was with another shop, and I would mainly go to Bitar for last-minute items, but there are these really great guys—Christian and Muslim Syrians—who work there. […]
Ok, so each week I visit Blessed School (a school / community for disabled people in Beirut) and spend time with the students and staff. Since I’m now taking photography classes to hone my skills, a new project I’ve decided to invest in is taking artistic photos of the students and staff. Sure, I’ve got […]
WE’VE GOT OUR VISAS!! After weeks of concern and prayer and visits to the General Security Building, we have official clearance for another year in Lebanon. I am not taking this privilege for granted. The Lebanese government and people have been gracious hosts to me and Elmarie. I also am deeply grateful to our official […]
The angel world is not like it is in the human world Their world and their ways is as mysterious and, yes, intriguing for us as our world is for them. Yes, they do resemble us in certain ways and characteristics, yet in truth the many creatures in the angel world perhaps share more in […]
Okay, so on Saturday morning I arrived at Blessed School to discover a crowd of teenagers in hairnets. The students from Blessed and Amjad High School have a cool partnership which includes doing regular service projects together. For this Christmas seasons, the two schools joined forces to provide meals for those in need. Food […]
Okay, so I met this fantastic group of Lebanese teenagers on Saturday. They’re part of a club at Amjad High School that is partnering with Blessed School to do service projects. While we worked on preparing holiday meals for people in need (hence the hair nets), I got a chance to connect with […]
This is the text for “The Lion Who is a Lamb,” a sermon the I regularly gave when preaching at churches while in the US over the Summer of ’17. Elmarie and I bring warm and loving greetings from Christ’s Church in the Middle East. We are both PC(USA) Associates for Ecumenical Partnerships in […]