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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...
reflection
March 18, 2016
ITeams
ITeams
Photo by Necia Clare Erickson / ITeams

A foundational conviction that things are not alright

This isn't the way it should be. No one should be invisible. Where oppression reigns, we want to change the future by breaking the chains of the status quo. Throughout the world there are people suffering and in need who blend in to the background of our lives. If our eyes are not opened to see them, the cycle of oppression continues. Let's open our eyes...
story
March 11, 2016
ITeams
ITeams
Shoes for refugees in Athens
Photo by ITeams

Snapshots: Life as a Refugee in Athens

In this series of snapshots we bring you brief insights into the challenges refugees face around the world and the transforming experiences some of them have had encountering Jesus. See glimpses from Ukraine, Bulgaria, Rome, Malawi, and Austria. In the two refugee centers in Athens where we work, we served thousands of hot meals, organized games for children, distributed...
story
March 11, 2016
ITeams
ITeams
Photo by ITeams

Snapshots: Life as a Refugee in Malawi

For the last six months, refugees living in Malawi have only been receiving 40% of their recommended minimum daily calories. The dangerously low food supplies made it critical for refugees to find alternative ways to earn money to buy food...