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reflection
February 21, 2017
Scott Olson
Scott Olson
Photo and manipulation by Jase Miller

4 Leaders I Respect Who Are Using Social Media

I've been thinking a lot about social media lately. In fact I've noticed that I'm even more engaged than I have been in the past. Perhaps these times that we are in are causing many of us to feel a tremendous need to voice our feelings and speak up. Some do it well and some just seem to be enjoying the sound of their own voice. So... I decided to see what I could learn by watching and carefully studying the way four distinctly different leaders that I truly respect are utilizing social media...
announcement
February 13, 2017
Linda Bryant
Linda Bryant
Photo by Richard Roche

Richard Roche - New Business Catalyst

ITeams is committed to the vital role business can play in transforming lives and communities. All over the world, new business initiatives are being explored and started to provide job opportunities for the oppressed, revenue for integrated community transformation, and a way for field staff to integrate well into their communities. We are pleased to announce that Richard Roche is joining ITeams as our new Business Catalyst...
reflection
February 7, 2017
Scott Olson
Scott Olson
The Samaritan Road
Photo by Scott Olson / ITeams

What neighbors do - hope in these dark days

Today I declare that my choice, my hope, my best and only step forward is Jesus. Say whatever you want, but He was (and is) the real deal, the way to peace and reconciliation, a role model that taught that love is the only true solution. He loved and valued everyone equally...
reflection
January 28, 2017
Scott Olson
Scott Olson
Photo by Necia Clare Erickson / ITeams

For those who are angry and those who love peace, this is a call to action...

I’ve been thinking a lot about anger lately... Our world is a distorted, screwed up, beautiful, amazing, crazy place and we all live right smack in the middle of it all. I’ve also been thinking about my tendency to love a good fight...
insight
January 13, 2017
Lindsey Boulais
Lindsey Boulais
Photo by Andrew Nicodem / ITeams

What happened after Christmas

When I first began speaking at churches and social action groups about refugees, many didn't know about the present crisis. That was only three years ago, but back then, refugees weren't on our nightly news. We didn't see pictures of overcrowded rafts on the Mediterranean, African and Middle Eastern arms reaching up for help. Our Facebook feeds didn't hold videos of ecstatic and tear-filled reunions between relatives separated along the journey. We didn't read the tweets of Syrians starving to death in a besieged city. Granted, all these things were still happening, we just didn't know about it. Today, its a different story...
reflection
December 22, 2016
Kathy Baxter
Kathy Baxter
Photo by Sandy Thompson / ITeams

Giving and Receiving

You probably know the biblical saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Many of us serve with ITeams in order to give back to the world as Jesus has softened our hearts towards the needs of the oppressed. However, at times we might be called to receive from our communities, rather than give to them. I teach an English class for refugee women...
video
December 1, 2016
Jase Miller
Jase Miller

Photo Story: ¿Vendrás? An invitation to journey the Camino

This month's Photo Story comes from the work of our team in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The image is from a video they did to invite people into a journey of faith along the historic Camino. Watch the 2 minute video to get a sense of life on the Camino.
story
November 4, 2016
Allison
Allison
Photo by Allison / ITeams

Zara's story

In North Africa we've had the opportunity to connect with people who have used social media to express an interest in learning more about Jesus. This spring, my first contact was a young woman named Zara.
photo
November 1, 2016
Jase Miller
Jase Miller
Sewing
Photo by Andrew Nicodem / ITeams

Photo Story: Transforming lives through business

We're kicking off our monthly Photo Story series with this photo of two women whose lives have been changed through their employment. Businesses can generate needed resources within a community and facilitate positive interaction within that community. These businesses help change the lives of individuals and families by providing much needed dignity and financial resources.
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.