Chris Herlinger | December 2, 2013
A friend and colleague of mine recently painted the following scenario:
"Your neighbor's house is on fire. The fire department is there. All the hydrants are pumping water. Would you run across the street with another fire truck and more water?"
Of course you wouldn't. But if you saw images on television of a huge disaster, like the one right now in the Philippines, you might conclude, "More is better."
That would be an understandable reaction. But it wouldn't necessarily be wise.
It is hard to convey how chaotic disaster scenes can be. But they are horrible, miserable things, and I wouldn't recommend visiting any if you can help it.
Rev. Dr. Ken Brooker Langston | November 27, 2013
As originally published on the Fast for Families blog. (http://fast4families.org/blog/rev-ken-langston-blessed-to-be-a-faster/)
As Eliseo Medina, Dae Joong Yoon, and Christian Avila enter their seventeenth day of fasting on Thanksgiving, I am humbled by their sacrifice. I ended my second day of fasting early this morning. I wanted to fast for a third day, but unfortunately I was too sick because my medications would not stay down on an empty stomach. But my spirit soars with gratitude to God and to these core fasters for allowing me to participate with them for even a little while in the mighty work of God that is taking place in that tent, which is now, without a doubt, a holy tabernacle.
Susanne Gilmore | November 26, 2013
Thankfully, the United States didn’t suffer a Katrina- or Sandy-scale disaster in 2013. Or did it? An incessant string of regional disasters has affected thousands of households.
There was not a neat “spring storms” or “fall tornadoes” season this year. Instead, since the spring, the disasters have just kept on coming and the toll has mounted in deaths, injuries and homes damaged or destroyed.
The cumulative impact amounts to a major disaster. Destructive water, wind and/or fire events have affected almost every U.S. state this year. On Nov. 17, a mind-boggling 91 tornadoes, 565 high wind events and 42 hail events took lives and homes in 14 Midwestern states.
Rev. John L. McCullough | November 25, 2013
As originally published by Huffington Post, 11/22/2013, 12:50 p.m.
The Judeo-Christian heritage provides a lens through which we view and treat immigrants not as outcasts but as our neighbors. We have an historic, spiritual and biblical tie to migration. From Genesis onward, the journey of migration is critical in shaping the paths of Abraham, Moses, Joseph and Ruth, who fled due to persecution, famine, death of loved ones, slavery, economic need and family.
Lisa Carlson | November 23, 2013
Kigali, Rwanda, is a city with no street signs. There are no addresses, no way to pinpoint a place. The only way to explain a location is by describing it in relation to something else. The result is that, in order to find your way around, you must already know where you are going.
Other than street signs, Kigali has everything. It is not developing so much as developed. The city center had a brand new movie theater and a beautiful department store. There was even a bowling alley, tucked away down one of those unmarked roads. My first field visit thus came as a bit of a shock. Up to that point, I had thought I was tough because I had grown accustomed to my mosquito net and the occasional bucket shower. I thought I was starting to figure this whole Rwanda thing out. I thought wrong.
Angela Rupchock-Schafer | November 21, 2013
We all do it. We get so caught up in the day-to-day bits and pieces of our lives, sometimes we forget to sit back and marvel when joy finds us. For the past month, CWS has been working together with Google+, RYOT news, UNHCR and Refugees United to make something new and vibrant happen in the world of communications. And in the heat of the moment, I almost missed the magic we made possible together as a team.
Soni and his nephew, Edmond, have not seen each other for seven years. Torn apart by the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, these two young men are living continents apart – Soni in Durham, North Carolina, and Edmond in Nairobi, Kenya. The #FamilyIs… campaign wanted to help this family reunite and see each other for the first time since the violence forced them to flee their homes. Google+ Hangouts would be the way to make that happen. Along the way, we had to get both men to good internet connections, set up a time that worked across vast spaces and go through a seemingly endless round of questions and logistical problems that cropped up.
Jen Smyers | November 20, 2013
The movement for immigration reform continues to grow stronger by the day. The general public supports a path to citizenship, and we know that we have enough votes in the House of Representatives to enact an immigration reform bill. However, as the 2013 congressional calendar dwindles it has become increasingly clear that House Speaker Boehner (OH-8) is choosing to not bring up an immigration bill for a vote, even as more than 1,100 people are deported each day. While we continue to advocate for the Speaker to put a bill up for a vote, political challenges appear to be pushing the struggle for immigration reform into 2014.
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