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reflection
March 21, 2017
Kendra Short
Kendra Short
Photo by Kendra Short / ITeams

Women and the Wilderness

The season of Lent invites us into the wilderness. To prepare ourselves for the Resurrection and to commemorate the 40 days that Jesus spent fasting in the desert, many believers commit to giving up something that ensnares them from fully depending on the Lord. Many of the people we serve are in a wilderness that they did not intentionally choose and of which they cannot see the end...
reflection
March 1, 2017
Nicholas VanWingerden
Nicholas VanWingerden
Photo by Andrew Nicodem / ITeams

Opening My Heart

I may need surgical intervention to open my heart in 2017. And it’s worse than you think. If it were just a blockage in the pumping mechanism that keeps the blood flowing through my veins, well then I'd confidently entrust myself to the combined and highly competent forces of modern medicine and 21st century technology. Indeed, the quality of medical heart care seems to get better and better with each passing day. But my condition is more complicated...
photo
February 28, 2017
Jase Miller
Jase Miller
Photo by There Is Hope / ITeams

Photo Story: Take Part in Our Global Engagement Team to Malawi

Our partners at There is Hope Malawi want to see refugees, asylum seekers, and all vulnerable people in their community rise above difficult circumstances by fully using their potential to make a positive contribution to society. This Summer, you could join a Global Engagement Team headed to help make an impact...
story
February 23, 2017
Elizabeth Musser
Elizabeth Musser
Photo by Elizabeth Musser / ITeams

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

For the past twenty years, my day job as a pastoral worker in Europe has inspired my other job of writing ‘entertainment with a soul.’ Paying attention to daily experiences, whatever that may include, can certainly provide us writers with great content for our stories. Here’s how my day job inspired my latest novel...
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...