The Challenges of Church Planting in Moldova

Roy Stiff, a member of All Souls, posts from Poland, where he is currently the Eastern Europe representative for the Global Church Movements ministry of Cru, which is still known as Campus Crusade for Christ or “New Life” internationally. In June, Roy married Agnieska, a Polish native. Their wedding service, as Roy describes it, “was […]

Partners in Mission

In her final post from the Bekaa Valley, Jennifer gives tribute to the local organizations caring for refugees, and how we can best partner with them. June 9 “Once there was someone who said such amazing things and did such wonderful things that people began to follow him. As they followed, he told them about […]

A Storm of Thunder and Questions

After spending two days with Syrian Muslim children, Jennifer asks some probing questions.   “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald) Day 2 of Kids Camp is in the books. One […]

A VERY Different VBS

Jennifer shares some poignant observations from Kid’s Camp on Mt. Lebanon June 7 “Teach your children well . . . .” (Graham Nash) “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) All Souls Vacation Bible School starts next week. In […]

For God So Loves the World

June 6 In today’s post, Jennifer writes about the privilege of seeing God’s love at work in the Middle East. “Watch to see where God is working and join Him in His work.” (Henry Blackaby) The United States has a long history of viewing itself as the center of the world. For decades, and likely […]

Old Stories and New Problems in an Ancient Country

Jennifer visits the ancient port city of Byblos and gains a sense of how Lebanon’s history  contributes to the current complexity of its refugee crisis. June 5 Today, we toured Byblos, an ancient port city an hour north of Beirut. Byblos has been continuously inhabited since about 5,000 BC and contains Phoenician, Roman, and Crusader ruins. Seeing the […]

The People of the Valley

In this, her first day at the refugee camps, Jennifer Merck details the sharp contrasts that depict Syrian refugee life in the Bekaa Valley. June 4 The year is 1984. Depèche Mode is the band: “People are people, so why should it be                         […]

In Lebanon with Love

Read Jennifer Merck’s first post from Beirut, Lebanon. June 3 About 24 clock-hours after departing O’Hare, we arrived in Beirut and met up with our teammate who arrived the day before. Some of you may know John Schoff from St. Mark’s Geneva. Do you recall that moment when Dorothy wakes up after the cyclone and […]

To Lebanon with Love

Jennifer Merck is bound for Lebanon. She joins a team from Exodus World Service to experience first hand the plight of Syrian refugees in the early stages of their journey. Jennifer will continue to post from Lebanon. Keep checking our blog to stay current with her. “We envision a world where refugees are at home, […]

Welcome to America – Part Three

In this third and final post, Jennifer Merck writes about a transcendent moment shared with the newly arrived Khalid family. Once we unloaded, unpacked, and set up the apartment, we regrouped with Emily regarding the Khalids’ timing. Each refugee family is met at the airport by a caseworker from the resettlement agency, in this case, […]