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insight
September 2, 2016
Katharine Knoodle
Katharine Knoodle
Photo by Andrew Nicodem / ITeams

When our definitions make people invisible

If we keep trying to put people in our black and white categories we are likely to miss seeing them through Jesus’ eyes, and feeling what his heart feels for them. The Good Shepherd was not indifferent to or critical of the sheep that wandered off. He went on a rescue mission. And I believe if we see people like that, then we’ll also get to see some of the miracles he is working right before our eyes.
story
August 30, 2016
Pilgrim Hari
Pilgrim Hari
Photo by Sue Dyer

Laying a Foundation

Our team in Pittsburgh is in the pioneering stages of establishing long-term ministry among Bhutanese-Nepali immigrants who have come from a refugee background. Approximately 15,000 Nepalis call Pittsburgh home and our team in Pittsburgh is putting their roots down and moving forward in strategic ways.
story
July 27, 2016
Keith Brown
Keith Brown
Photo by Andrew Nicodem / ITeams

Meeting some immediate needs for refugees in Bulgaria

Through the generosity of donors who provided funds for worldwide refugee needs through International Teams, we’ve been able to step into the gap at some critical moments recently in Bulgaria. This is one such story.
reflection
July 11, 2016
Maureen Heath
Maureen Heath
Painting by Talitha Falconero / ITeams

He breathed and all the stars were born

Recently I saw a beautiful painting by Talitha Falconero that energized my own creativity. When we encounter art and beauty it inspires us to create more of it in the world. It can be a powerful force for good.
reflection
July 8, 2016
Scott Olson
Scott Olson
Art from Switchfoot on YouTube

Where the light shines through

Even though the writer of Ecclesiastes says that "there is nothing new under the sun," I still keep my eyes and ears constantly on the lookout for that next...
insight
May 24, 2016
Kathy Baxter
Kathy Baxter
Photo by Andrew Nicodem / ITeams

Language Teaching and Integrated Community Transformation (part 2)

In part two, we look at more organized language classes that can reach more students and put a public face on efforts at integrated community transformation. This article is part 1 of 2 in a series by Kathy Baxter, Language Teaching Specialist with ITeams.
insight
May 16, 2016
Kathy Baxter
Kathy Baxter
Photo by Andrew Nicodem / ITeams

Language Teaching and Integrated Community Transformation (part 1)

The Somali woman across the table from me smiled, her face framed by her headscarf. “I have never been to school before, because girls didn’t go to school in my country,” she told me. "Here, my children are in school and speak English. My husband is working and speaks English. Now, it’s my time to learn." This article is part 1 of 2 in a series by Kathy Baxter, Language Teaching Specialist with ITeams.
reflection
May 9, 2016
Maureen Heath
Maureen Heath
Painting by Juliet Stück

Language of Color

This painting by Juliet Stück, with ITeams in South Africa, has communicated a message of hope; a vision of the kingdom of God here and now. Using stunning colors and imagery she has expressed a powerful message which she shares here...
photo
May 2, 2016
Sonnet Medrano
Sonnet Medrano
Photos by Sonnet Medrano / ITeams

Ecuador Earthquake Update

The reality of the deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake which struck the coast of Ecuador on April 16 has deeply effected everyone here. Because the quake happened at night, the scale of destruction and loss was not fully realized until the next day. The death toll is currently moving towards 700, with as many as 1,700 still missing...
insight
April 4, 2016
Scott White
Scott White
Listening in Athens
Photo by Andrew Nicodem / ITeams

One thing to kickstart change in your community today

When it comes to knowing how to engage our communities redemptively, listening is the first antidote for treating our ignorance. However, implicit in the story above is another reason for the necessity of listening: Listening empowers others. When we listen, the very act tells others they matter and that their thoughts and experiences are valued...