INSIGHT

INTEGRATED COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION

INSIGHT is designed to prompt us to fix our eyes on Jesus and move with him toward integrated community transformation.   

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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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February 3, 2016
Brandon Weidman
Brandon Weidman
Photo by ITeams

Toward Success Criteria for Transformational Businesses

As part of integrated community transformation (ICT), businesses can provide opportunities for gaining access to hard-to-reach places to creating employment in poverty-entrenched economies, empowering women in oppressive cultures, or serve as a funding mechanism to sustain a project or ministry.
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January 25, 2016
Katharine Knoodle
Katharine Knoodle
Refugees through Athens
Photo by Themis Sirinides / ITeams

Human Trafficking Among Refugees

Reports on the “growing refugee crisis” in Europe have continued for months now. What many overlook are the hidden abuses often experienced at the hands of smugglers (and increasingly traffickers) on their journey to Europe. The dangers in this are evident, yet rarely talked about.

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September 18, 2015
Linda Bryant
Linda Bryant
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Andrew Nicodem / ITeams

Alongside refugees in Athens, Greece

For nearly twenty years, Themis Sirinides has lived and served alongside refugees in Athens, Greece. He's currently based in the community of Koukaki, located in the southeast region of Athens. Greece continues to be a key destination for millions of people who have been uprooted and forced from their homelands

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July 15, 2015
ITeams
ITeams
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Photo by Westfall Gold / ITeams

One Life: Sara

When Brandon and Hannah Weidman moved to Masatepe, Nicaragua, they first identified the existing resources in that community. They wanted to demonstrate that they valued the people in Masatepe by creating something that the community didn't already have. So they opened a neighborhood coffee shop called Beto's Bistro. In this video, you'll meet Sara.

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July 9, 2015
Katie Friend
Katie Friend
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Photo by Teri Dreher / ITeams

Helping Chronically Traumatized Kids

The atmosphere in the orphanage was chaotic. As the head teacher led us along the lime-green corridors, children followed us, jumping up and down, and crowding around us with bids for attention and pictures, candy and hugs. Children pushed one another, and a fight almost broke out. Outside the windows I spotted a child sitting alone...