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, […]

Welcome to America – Part Two

In her second post in this series, Jennifer Merck tells us about an unlikely partnership on behalf of the refugees we help.   All Souls has been involved in Welcome to America! Pack deliveries for quite a few years. We used to welcome families moving into apartments in Wheaton and Carol Stream. In recent years, […]

Lessons Learned from a Hoarder

Lydia Griffith tells us what a hoarder has taught her about life and beauty. This semester I became a stalker. To tell the story, I’ll use the pseudonym “Beverly.” At Wheaton College, I am part of an organization that works to bring clean water (through the installation of a gravity-fed water system) to a different […]

Welcome to America!

In this first of three posts, Jennifer Merck introduces a refugee family that All Souls  helped welcome to America in November, 2018. Be sure to read the second part of this great story in Jennifer’s next post.   “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my […]

Giving from the Heart

Jennifer Merck writes about our treasure, as measured not by how much we have, but how much we give from our hearts.“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21)   My husband, Hal, and I have lived in the area together for 26 years and both attended Wheaton College prior […]