SNAPSHOTS OF WHAT WE SEE

NOT INVISIBLE


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August 9, 2017
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Accessing Nearby Clean Water

When we began to visit the village leader, Carl, in Xusha, he was suspicious of who we were or what we wanted to do in his village. His village has significant divisions and factions between its various members inhibiting them from working together on things like water projects. They have a resource of clean water that is within one kilometer of their village, but the community can’t come together to access it
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Men with binders studying
Charity Trotter

Gathering and Learning

Recently, our team began a 12 week Biblical leadership training course where 15 Nepali church leaders gather and learn together. This course is designed to establish a stronger biblical foundation in church leadership, release people into ministry, and help replicate leaders.
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Father and child
Themis Sirinides

The Hard Work of Waiting

It is difficult to serve people who are in a long-term crisis. Many of their questions and longings seem to lack answers. Waiting is more than hard.
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Man sewing a bag
Mandy Padgett

Listening to Local Leaders

Most Americans certainly wouldn’t associate entrepreneurialism with impoverished countries.  Yet, as I listened that day, it became clear to me that the Nicaraguans saw something in themselves that the rest of the world had failed to recognize; the ability to create, something I’ve been able to witness firsthand over the past few years of living here.
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Ric and Luz Zapata

Returning Home

Pastor Mknowana is a key member of this community, and his own story demonstrates the power of following the ways of Jesus. Through his vision and leadership, we see the transforming power of Jesus in people whose circumstances were once like his.
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Man at a small shanty store
Kristin Choitz

Unexpected Conversations

The shanty town of Chibolya, Zambia is known for the open sale of drugs, robberies, extreme poverty, and gender-based violence. It is one of the poorest countries in sub-saharan Africa. One of our responses is to come alongside women who are prostituting to build relationships and offer safety when appropriate. 
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Two children
Maureen Heath

Tables Instead of Walls

During youth group one night, we focused on the walls that exist in our world. We talked about the walls that separate countries, walls that come between our youth and the police, walls between neighbors, and even the walls that exist between family members. We talked about how Jesus himself came to break down the dividing wall of hostility that separates people.  We continued to talk about how Jesus brought his diverse group of disciples together around a table, the Lord’s Table, and how a radical community was formed. 
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Photo of US and Ukraine University students
Hannah Kyle

Connections with University Students

Uzhgorod is a university town with 20% of its population of 120,000 attending one of the two universities or one of the several colleges or institutes.  One cannot ignore this significant block of young people when thinking about this city. In addition, over 2000 foreign medical students, primarily from Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim countries, have been brought to our doorstep.
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Girl reading
Michael Snyder

Pilgrims on the Camino

Jesus is at work all around us everyday, in every life and in every heart we come into contact with. He is the great pursuer. There is great relief and hope in this fact and at Pilgrim House we are privileged to witness this every day.
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KC Crino

More Than Mentoring

We collaborate with many organizations, schools, and churches in Joliet discovering both the assets and the needs in the community. We are collaborating with many partners to start a mentoring program for at-risk students and are also helping reintegrate students who have expulsion warnings back into healthy relationships.