SNAPSHOTS OF WHAT WE SEE

NOT INVISIBLE


story
July 19, 2017
ITeams
ITeams
Picture of girl

Help and Hope for the Vulnerable

At-risk and exploited

In the small village of Akujura in South Asia, at-risk women and girls are oppressed by brick factory owners, farmers, and truck drivers passing through the area.

Many of these women and children are exploited by sex and labor traffickers. And they are no safer within their homes. Families are meant to be a haven, but many of these victims are often physically beaten, sold, over-worked and abused. Deeply wounded, they need a place where friends can offer help…and hope.

announcement
June 20, 2017
Scott Olson
Scott Olson
Photo by Andrew Nicodem / ITeams

Statement on World Refugee Day

Media attention on the plight of refugees continues to raise awareness of the tremendous desperation that forces so many to flee their homes in search of a future and a hope—and the risks they must take to get there. For all the people who make it, there are those who don't. The tragedies are immense and they are heartbreaking.
story
May 26, 2017
ITeams
ITeams

A story of inspiration for Ramadan

Ramadan is the holy month of Islam, during which Muslims spend time fasting, reflecting, and seeking spiritually. It's a wonderful opportunity for followers of Jesus to come alongside them in prayer and intercession. The following story demonstrates that Jesus is at work among Muslims.

story
May 22, 2017
ITeams
ITeams
Photo by ITeams

Foundations for transformation among refugee youth of Pittsburgh

When we moved to Carrick, a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, two years ago, there was little momentum in ministry with the Nepali community. With thousands of Hindu neighbors all around us and a Christian population of less than 5%, the glimpses of transformation were few. Slowly we have seen Zion Christian Church (an American congregation with outreach to Nepalis), YWAM, and Nepali Anugraha Church of Pittsburgh begin to come together. Zion focuses on discipling Nepali kids from Hindu homes, YWAM connects with youth coming from a Hindu background, and Anugraha is a solid, growing Nepali congregation discipling families.
story
May 22, 2017
ITeams
ITeams
Photo by Scott Olson / ITeams

Changing the future for Roma Youth in Ukraine

The Roma people are Europe’s largest and most disadvantaged ethnic groups. Thousands of Roma young people are trapped within their squatter camps because they see no hope of escaping. All they see ahead of them is a life of sifting through garbage, cleaning streets, begging, or stealing. Only 20% of the Roma children attend school because their parents see no hope of them escaping. Education is simply not necessary for those tasks.
story
May 22, 2017
Lindsey Boulais
Lindsey Boulais
Photo by Lindsey Boulais / ITeams

Learning to flourish as refugees through community in Portland

The early church was known for its gathering of people who didn't normally fit together. People from different families, ethnicities, ages and genders, all meeting and eating together. We see Jesus doing this in our neighborhood. The unlikeliest of people are becoming family.
story
April 28, 2017
Allison
Allison
Photo by Caleb

Zara's Story revisited

We're revisiting this powerful story from late 2016... 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. When I met her, she...
reflection
April 13, 2017
Jase Miller
Jase Miller
Photo by Jase Miller

Endless Days - a resurrection poem

O Lord, O Lord, our God,
you hammered death
and shattered the stronghold
of our captors. You bore us
to victory at your side. 
Breath was yours to give,
to breathe in our beginning,
and breathe out your endless praise.
When we walked together
in the shade of our Eden,
for endless days...
photo
March 31, 2017
ITeams
ITeams
Photo by Gospel on the Go

Photo Story: Transforming lives through education in Croatia

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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...